Desperately trying to get my energy levels back….

I’m still struggling to get back to pre covid energy levels. I never had any problems getting up for my sunrise walk until then 🙈. It also gives me 2 extra hours to my day which are so important as by 5.30pm, my brain is on shutdown and I simply sit and stare at the telly. No social media, no typing, simply being.

So once again I decided to force myself to get up at 5am. I’d decided the night before but it meant I was waking every half hour to look at my clock 🙄. Thankfully I managed to close my eyes and even sleep or simply relax each time. Then 5am arrived. I got up, got dressed and was soon out of the house….

What I hadn’t expected was drizzle 😳…that took me totally by surprise. I could have gone straight back in and gone back to bed, but I looked at the sky and could see the clouds scurrying away. So I protected my camera as best I could with one hand and trundled towards the gallops. A deer took me by surprise as I turned the corner of the field but I wasn’t quick enough to snap before it went to hide in the trees 🙄….

Then as I got to my vantage point the sky was starting to come alive with colour

Quietly going through the gate onto the lane and through the dim light I saw hares flashing before me and out of site. I knew they’d all be on the field though, too far away to spot me at first. The first simply snuggled down in stubble

Slowly I walked to get a better view and I could see all their silhouettes in the distance

I love how hares just sit and stare at their beautiful surroundings 🥰

Just contemplating their surroundings

By the time they saw me and scampered across the field the sky was coming alight

The edges of the dark rain clouds in the distances tinged with light

As the sun rose higher, the sky became more dramatic

Until eventually the rising sun calmed everything down and lit up the fields

The farmhouse barn, home to the white owl now bathing in the sunlight

The long grasses looking like painted streaks on a canvas

Now heading towards Folly lake, I passed by the sheep field, then noticed the farmhouse dog roaming around. On sight of my figure it began to bark furiously at this trespasser near it’s home 😂

….the farmer calling it’s name to try and quieten it down as it was still barely 6am. What made me chuckle though was it’s name….Mabel…..it’s bark didn’t sound like a Mabel 🤣

Down into Folly and the heron in flight immediately caught my eye. Luckily it landed on a branch in the tall conifers

The branch swayed under its weight but it never lost balance

All was quiet down by the water, the fisherman still asleep from their nighttime of fishing; gentle snores were coming from their tent, their chair lying empty, their rods still in the water, waiting for a catch

When I looked back up the heron had gone but my attention was replaced by a seagul in the water. It wasn’t sitting as it should on the surface 🤔 I then realised it had a fish between it’s claws beneath the surface. Every now and then it would try and haul it up with its beak

It carried on for ages like this but the fish was far too big for it to lift out of the water and it eventually gave up and flew off, the fish able to swim away….

Back out onto the road, then down into the fields once more, the sky now free of colour but still as captivating with streaks of clouds painted across the blue

Slowly through the long grass of the public footpath the farmer had forgotten to trim or maybe it was on purpose to discourage walkers along the back of his field 🙄…..but this was my deer watch field, so a neglected path wasn’t going to stop me. Sure enough as I came out the other end, there was a deer just making its way back into the wood

The farmer had deposited huge piles of manure all along the path at the end, which sadly meant I had to trample through his crop. So it may have been placed there as a deterrent but in fact it meant his crops would suffer 🙈…..

The familiar loud call of ‘Peoow, Peoow’ rung out in the sky and I just managed to spot the buzzard before it flew over the trees

Almost back into the village and the skies had now turned blue and I could feel the heat of the sun was warming up for the day ahead

I headed back via the pond and unusually all 4 Pochards were together

Usually there’s one who likes to be independent but not today….as I headed home happy that I’d gained my two hours for at least today….

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

14 thoughts on “Desperately trying to get my energy levels back….

  1. I’ve found it takes time to build up energy. I had covid in late March and only recently have found I’m not struggling so much on longer walks. ( I’m not even close to being as active as you ) Once a week I walk to a shop which is up a long hill – find I’m much slower now and it’s only been the last couple of times that it hasn’t made me cough . So just keep building up slowly that’s my advice – but sounds like you’re doing a great job anyway. Take care x

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  2. I had covid before there were vaccines. It took a long time for my energy to return but it did.
    I’m deeply impressed by your will power and determination. You make yourself get up and then what an amazing walk – all those beautiful photos as you are witnessing the start of a new day.
    Thank you for sharing it. I get a lot out of enjoying it second-hand!

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  3. Your eye for a picture is superb.. and your camera must be v. good quality. Would love to see hares again. So heartwarming to see someone appreciate the nature around them and notice so much. Hope your energy comes back soon. Patience is a virtue so they say.

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  4. Well done Wendy in the editor to get out so early. Well worth it as your photos show….. stunning sunrise and nature provided it all. Like the look of Mabel 🐾
    Thank you 😊

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  5. Afternoon Wendy, I’m so glad you managed to get out of bed and on to your trundle. The photos of the early morning sky is just wonderful, I bet there’s very few,,,if any,,,,of us who so enjoy your walk have ever seen such beauty except through your eyes. So a big thank you. Just keep taking your time you will get slowly fitter every day. God Bless xx

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  6. I too am finding it hard to get my energy back post Covid Wendy. Don’t worry you are not alone in this problem. We’ll get there, it may just take longer than we’d like.

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