My Activity Tracking
My target 295000 Steps
I'm taking part in the Walk in Her Name Step Challenge in aid of Ovarian Cancer Action
Every year, 295,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer globally. Approximately half of these women will not survive beyond five years. March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and I’m taking 295,000 steps throughout the month to raise funds for life-saving research that will help these women, and the next generation, survive.
Please help me take 295,000 steps, raise £295 and move research forward. #stepforeverywoman
A Final Thank youTuesday 4th May To all those who supported me and the other members of Team Sparkle in whatever way (sponsorship, walking, listening etc), a massive thank you.
Day 30 The BotanicsTuesday 30th Mar Bloomin marvellous. The botanics are in full wonder at the moment so a lovely place to escape to as they replaced our electricity mains!
Day 29: A long walk with DaveMonday 29th Mar
Street art as it should be. The doors to the Quality Yard in Leith, and under a bridge in Figgate Park. Just beautiful and the photos do them no justice at all.
Day 28 Another quiet oneSunday 28th Mar Blackford. Afraid a quiet day milewise due to rubbish weather and feeling pretty exhausted. Will be back on form tomorrow! 5.4 miles Share
Day 27 BuckstoneSaturday 27th Mar
The wild wild west of Edinburgh. This street, in Morningside, was built as part of an advertising campaign for a furniture company... hoping the weather will improve soon..
Day 25: Arthur's SeatThursday 25th Mar Did you know that in the warmth of the sun gorse smells like coconut suncream? So today we moved into the final week of the walking challenge and I celebrated that milestone with a different one - I reached 250 miles today... Let's see if the target of 300 is achievable by the end of the month (there is nothing like a moving target!) 14.8 Share
Day 24: Dalkeith Country ParkWednesday 24th Mar
Can you smell the wild garlic?! Used to play here as a kid at the adventure play park and now enjoy it for the lovely walks.
Day 23: More GatesWednesday 24th Mar
On the theme of functional yet beautiful... these chimneys and gable ends are at Lauriston Castle. A friend's post yesterday reminded me to look up.
Day 21: Leith GatesSunday 21st Mar
Practical but sculptural, all gates should look like this! And then past the knot garden of Lamb's House where Mary Queen of Scots stayed in 1501.
Springwatch 20: Springwatch comes to Edinburgh.Saturday 20th Mar
There are so many of these frogs and toads on the pavements and roads at the moment that you need to be careful where you step, especially in the twilight. Less walking due to bumping (at a social distance of course) into folk and the games of rugby to watch...
Day 18: Rest dayThursday 18th Mar
Rest day in a March heatwave. Quiet day as I try to get the hole in my foot to heal... so I walked a little (3.3 miles), did some gardening, talked to friends and family and enjoyed the sunshine whilst it's here.
Day 17: PortobelloWednesday 17th Mar
What can you do when the weather is so gorgeous and the company so good (thank you Liz), but just keep on walking... To Porty via Leith and back along the banks of Duddingston Loch.
Day 16 In Search of Antony Gormley Part 1Tuesday 16th Mar
A beautiful sunny day and locating three of Gormley's 6 Times sculptures. I love that the statue by the gallery is a full length sculpture that has been half buried. 8.2 miles
Day 15 Murrayfield StadiumMonday 15th Mar
Sadly not to celebrate a victory after yesterday's game... but a destination with many great memories.
Day 14 Prince's Street GardensSunday 14th Mar
A quick canter up the hill to wander through the still surprisingly quiet gardens. Blister is getting better so back to some proper distances again this week coming - although have made it over the half way mark of my challenge... only 119 miles to go!
Day 13: Local walksSaturday 13th Mar Just keeping the legs moving after yesterday with a couple of short walks. 6.5 miles Share
Day 12: The 7 (actually 8!) HillsSaturday 13th Mar 20 miles, 8 summits (they lie when they say it's the 7 Hills), 2993ft of elevation, a lot of mud, a few drenchings, a snow storm for half of our time on Arthur's Seat, a mild case of sunburn, pork pies, home made biccies, a lot of nattering with the fabulous Dave Harvey and Liz Roberts and a bloomin great day. Knackered. Share
Day 11: Rest DaySaturday 13th Mar A quiet one and a bit of baking. A long walk yesterday, a mahoosive blister and the 7 Hills of Edinburgh planned for tomorrow mean only a short walk to get food for packed lunches and the baking of snickerdoodles for snacks (most of which will shortly be given to neighbours so that I don't eat them!). Only 3.5 miles... Share
Day 10: Lauriston Castle and River AlmondSaturday 13th Mar Long walk with my neighbour Valda along cycle paths, past mega-houses and dodging the rain. Tricky choosing a single photo as so much to see, but loved the fallen tree art so much it had to be that one. 12.9 miles and a massive blister. Share
Day 9 Newhaven HarbourTuesday 9th Mar
Newhaven Harbour and a stroll to the western breakwater. Managed to stop myself from picking up some fresh langoustine from Welch's Fishmarket. Admired the fishing boats but not the approaching clouds (forecast looking pretty dodgy for next few days). 8.9 milesShare
Day 8: 7 Hills preparationMonday 8th Mar Friday is going to be the biggie... walking the 7 Hills of Edinburgh. However with all the coffee shops shut it's a bit tricky to plan loo stops! Today was a foray to find open public loos in the south east of the city - finding the most beautiful street which looks like it's been transplanted from a country village! Share
Day 7: Granton BreakwaterMonday 8th Mar A favourite destination. The breakwater was built by Louis Stephenson (of lighthouses game) and is made of huge blocks of marble covered with beautiful lichens. Then back through Trinity for a bit of property dreaming. Share
Day 6: Braid Hills and Blackford HillSaturday 6th Mar Dave and I walked over to the Braids to start off with (childhood toboganning haunt) then through the Hermitage and on up to the top of Blackford Hill so lots of elevation. Even broke out the Factor 30! 11.64 miles Share
Day 5: Corstorphine HillFriday 5th Mar Chilly day but knee and ankle behaved themselves which was a well needed miracle. 9.12 miles today... slowly creeping towards my 250 miles target! Share
Day 4: City WanderingsThursday 4th Mar A slightly grey day and a pretty painful knee meant two smaller walks around the city today instead of one long one and the first tick off of my previous addresses around Edinburgh. 6.83 miles today Share
Day 3: Cramond IslandWednesday 3rd Mar Slightly longer walk than anticipated at 13.6 miles, but well worth it as low tide meant that could get to the island and wander back along the beach. Going to be a quieter one tomorrow! Share
Day 2: Edinburgh Botanical GardensTuesday 2nd Mar Hmmm, getting concerned that the lovely weather we've had for the last few days are a false spring... however, I have faith it will get warmer again especially with all the crocuses and snowdrops out in the Botanics today. Abi, thank you for your lovely company and fantastic chat as we walked.
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Maria And John Emly
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Helen Davey (a Friend Of Liz's)