Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Friday, 16 October 2020

The walks begin

 Walking it is.....


I try and walk everyday for 10 months a year and during the hot summer months I swim. 

My walking friends😁


Exercise for me is the very best way to keep my figure reasonably trim and also with a sensible diet. It also makes me feel good! That is what has always worked for me, of course that would have been during a normal year ! The crunch to my routine came in mid March when the lockdown was declared and we all had to isolate ourselves at home. By the end  of March I decided I had to do something even though I still had to stay isolated so I started my Corridor Walk ;walking briskly up and down my hallway for an hour approx each evening. Incredibly boring but I was at least moving my legs.                                                    I think Sr P thought I had a screw loose!!   

 I posted my progress on my Facebook page:


and then we were released..that was towards the end of June...and the summer was underway...and it was hot.....too hot to walk!!    Normally I would have taken to the swimming pool and the beaches as I usually do and love doing but we weren't allowed to use the community or public swimming pools! We were not allowed to use the beaches either as they were closed to the public too!!  

It became a waiting game and I was back to no exercise again!!   

At the beginning of July they opened the beaches so we were able to return to our little secluded part of the beach we go to and back to snorkelling....fabulous!! The swimming pools were allowed to open as from mid July ...perfect......I was able to get back to swimming practically daily!!   Nonetheless the confinement had taken its toll and I had put on  **** kilos...groan!!!   

The heat has lingered more this year and it is taking me longer to get back to walking on a regular basis! There are also impediments which I find difficult to describe because they are from within me and I don't understand the way I am feeling at present. When I worked I was very very active and managed to walk a lot, to work and in my spare time...I felt good!! Now,I feel lethargic, lacking in motivation and very little get up and go. I feel I have no purpose objectives...housework and such doesn't really fill me!!.  I need to work this out for myself...this change in my life and status!!    Everything seems to be an effort and walking is one of them!!  

 I hope I will not bore you too much but to motivate me and give me purpose from now on I shall be posting about my walks as well. 😊   The challenge will be trying to find something of interest to post about while I walk here in the city.

Alicante City,Spain



Have a great weekend

Keep well

Amanda :-)








  1. We haven't been able to walk as much during the summer months and you can get out of shape in a hurry. But the weather is improving now so we'll be outside more. I hope you can get back to a regular workout too. It DOES help with health and you sleep so good at night. Take care!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Diane! I always feel better when I am able to walk daily but in the summer months (as I am sure you know over there in Florida) it is much too hot to walk any distance and the mozzies are a nuisance too!! I need to make it into a routine to make sure I keep it up. A x

  2. I know exactly how you feel. It's strange. My life hasn't been dramatically affected (thank goodness) by it all, but the knowledge that I can't do things I want to, is getting to me. I WANT to see my children and my darling new grandson, but I can't. I WANT to do some travelling, but I can't. I need to focus on what I can do - but at the moment, I can't. My get-up-and-go has definitely got up and gone! I'm sure it'll come back soon, but for now, I'll go with the flow! Stay safe. xx

  3. Everything that you are feeling is perfectly normal Amanda your life has been turned on its head, retiring is a big enough change without all the covid restrictions on top. Having nothing worthwhile to do is very hard but you don't know what tomorrow will bring so enjoy those walks and try to stay positive, take lots of photos so we can walk with you. Take care and stay safe. Xx

  4. I think change of any sort is always difficult but we do get used to it in time. Be kind to yourself and focus on some positives.
    Best wishes

    1. It is....and I think all this upset with the quarantine and all has made me lazy...reluctant to move or think about starting something new...changing my habits. It is as if I am waiting for things to get back to normal and I don't think they will!!

  5. I think many of us are feeling the same way you describe so maybe knowing you're not along in these feelings of drifting through the days almost aimlessly with no real goals, will help. And maybe not, as I'm not describing it very well either. I'm glad you're back to walking and I'm sure we'll all enjoy the photos you share.

  6. congrats-I have a difficult time sticking with walking-I do enjoy it-my husband even found me a walking partner-but I learned she is 20 years younger than me and I just can't keep up we were doing 4 to 5 miles plus every very early morning-and it was too much--I need to try again. happy friday and weekend hugs Kathy

  7. Those shoes look very comfortable and I'm looking forward to reading about your walks.

  8. I don't understand why public beaches and parks were closed at a time when folks need to get outdoors. Being outdoors in Nature, I believe, helps a person maintain good health. Years ago, a workplace cold went around, less the two of us that had regular daily outdoor exercise.
    Your shoes look similar to mine. There is elatic things crossing the shoe. They travel well going on five years.
    A stationary bike is good exercise when not over doing it.

  9. I'm looking forward to you sharing where you walk. Even in town there are different sights to see that are different from where I live.

  10. I try to walk 10k steps a day. I would love to find a water exercise in my area. The photo of the city is beautiful.
    Thanks for the interesting comment on my halloween post. Have a great weekend.

  11. Difficult isn't it to fit in all the exercise you would like to but can't because of lockdowns. I, too, have room walked, room jogged and staircase climbed in my effort to keep moving each day and, like you, started to be a little less motivated. Walking outside stresses me when I have to pass people and my inside capers seem to have whittled down to nothing. I do, however, try to put a lot of effort into cleaning, organising and doing chores around the house and garden which I hope help. Wishing this pandemic over.


Thank you for your comments. I do read all of them and try to reply to them all as well. Amanda x