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An Octogenarian in the modern world

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN DO IT, THEN YOU CAN DO IT.

I read those inspirational words in a book. Do they apply to octogenarians? Well, there are two ways to walk to the village from here. You can walk all the way on the road and you will be safe. Vehicles are used to avoiding pedestrians and if you look a bit tired somebody will always offer you a lift. You won’t get lost or ignored.

Or you can walk over the fields. It is about the same distance, but you might meet nobody and you might put your foot in a rabbit hole, and fall over and be unable to get up, and die all alone. How much sympathy would you get? The likely reaction would be “Stupid old fool. Why could he not take the safe, sensible course?”

That’s health and safety gone mad! I have done it before and I am only a few weeks older. I know the last time was quite tough because they had not cut the grass for hay and it was hard to know where you were putting your feet, and I had forgotten to take the mobile phone. But risk-avoidance is not my style. If this blog post is never completed, you will know why.

BACK UNINJURED! And able to complete the blog. It took me longer than usual, but that was partly because I met three people to talk to along the way. The hay had all been cut so there were no hazards beyond a few cows and huge number of sheep.

stile

About two thirds of the way to the village is convenient stile to rest on. One reason for going today was that the physiotherapist is due tomorrow and she will ask me if I have done the exercises. No. But I can boast that I have walked to the village and back instead.

Also, tomorrow, comes the second test match against Australia. it is just possible that our new bowler Archer can upset the old enemy. I shall watch when we are doing well and turn it off it gets depressing.

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