Achilles Blog 46 – 27.8.14. Where am I?

It’s been raining so hard we could barely see the sheep in the field at the back of the holiday lodge we’re staying in a few minutes ago. But now we can (see pic). Still, I’d rather live in a country with too much water than not enough…any day.

When it was dry we took our OS map on a (3 hour?) cross-country stroll which turned into a test of orienteering….. and proprioception…weirdly almost the same thing as both are about knowing where I am. If I stand on my healing left leg with my eyes closed, I soon lose my balance – quicker than with my right leg…(it’s rather like the eyes closed finger to nose test they do when you’re drunk)…this marvellous non-visual awareness of the relative position of my body is called proprioception …it’s a sixth sense which is essential to co-ordinated movement and can be impaired by injury and disease (or alcohol)…so accidently trespassing on a private and very uneven ploughed field (see pic – with Gandalph stick), tells me that this (plus our orienteering skills) is something to work on in order to regain my sure-footedness…

We did a double-take when we saw a fellow walker with a lively Jack Russell right next to her, pee-ing up her leg… the second take actually revealed a lovely well-behaved….. but 3-legged dog …. reminding me again that there is no stopping some. Hey!… I was born in the chinese year of the dog! No idea what that actually means but if it means I have doggy determination… I’ll take that…

sheep trespassing with stick


About aintwegotitmade

Who am I?.......well, I'm getting to that age where I have to think about that before I answer... My name is J, I'm married, and my husband and I live in the great city of London. I started this blog as an update to family and friends when I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago (see The first post). I am so fortunate in every possible way...and in all honesty, I'm just using this blog to remind myself... Why is it called Ain't we got it made?: this is a line from one of my favourite songs (Sing Baby Sing - Have I got it made? Well - I've got a roof over my head, running water right into my house, a fully-stocked supermarket round the corner, free and readily available healthcare; and I live with my lovely husband in a great city, in a beautiful country, where I feel safe and secure.... I rest my case. Fact or opinion: I am not an expert on anything… but I can confirm that everything in this blog is either fact or opinion. I hope to post regularly, mostly about things I find uplifting, positive, amusing, optimistic, important..or perhaps just about regular daily life...but I won't bother you too much. Thanks for stopping by... jx
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