I dream of hiking into my old age.
I want to be able even then
to pack my load and take off slowly
but steadily along the trail.
~ Marlyn Doan
I used this quote as the title to my post way back in June 2011 when I was a very new blogger. I loved the quote but at the time I knew little of Marlyn Doan and have found very little about her since. However, I found that she was the author of 3 books and was a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association up until the time of her death. In recognition of her work HECA founded a scholarship in her name.
I’m glad to have found out something about her, although the reason for the search was my walk through the bush this morning in the company of my Occupational Therapist.
What is ‘the bush’? In New Zealand, it is the native forest, which once covered most of the land. Dense and dark, it was alive with birds, insects and lizards, but sometimes impenetrable to humans.
Much of it was cleared by the settlers but here in Wellington we are fortunate to have the Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton’s Bush Reserve. This is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to New Zealand native plants. I have written about this bush in the past – A walk in the bush.
It has rained quite lot over the past few days and so it was wet and muddy underfoot, but that didn’t deter us.
The native birds were singing, the sun decided to shine for a short time, the water was gushing in the stream and I was told that I could retire my walking stick as I was doing so well. I have now acquired some Nordic Hiking poles which I have yet to try, so maybe when the physiotherapist comes to visit next week we can try them.
How lucky am I that I have both an Occupational Therapist and a Physiotherapist looking out for me. Two completely different women with different training, but both so caring and encouraging of my efforts.
And now as it’s Tuesday, I shall have lunch and get ready to meet with my friend. We shall probably hve a short walk and then go to her house for our usual game of Upwords and a cup of tea.