It’s almost two weeks now since I embarked on my quest to get back to running. As you may recall, I’ve designated my approach as Phunning ~ a combination of gentle running and taking a few photographs along the way.
I’m delighted to report that I’ve now had six outings to The Anne Valley Trail in Dunhill and that it seems to be getting shorter by the day.
Yesterday was one of those stressful days with a few fork-in-the-road kind of appointments so I tore out of the house early this morning to find the calm that phunning is now bringing with each stride.
There was a lovely soft light and I found myself doing a lot more running than walking. Among the biggest changes since that first day is that I’ve now stopped counting paces and am letting my body dictate when it wants to stop for for a breather.
I’ve also reached a point where I’m less likely to stop running just because I see people coming towards me. It’s nice, though, to stop and have a little chat with fellow travellers, like this friendly man this morning:
Dunhill Castle overlooks the Anne Valley Trail and I can’t seem to resist going up there to soak in the history, scenery and tranquility:
It’s fascinating to think that the sea used to come in as far as the Castle and this morning there was a real sense of sea as the wind was coming from that direction and I could hear the waves back the mile and a half or so:
Within the ruins of the Castle itself, the light danced on the old, thick walls:
This new exercise regime requires plenty of healthy eating:
There’s no doubt that blogging about Phunning is adding greatly to the experience and I got a great giggle from Roy’s reference to ‘Phogging’ in his latest post and Robin’s comment about ‘Phalking’ in response to my first post on this new madness.
I hope, dear Readers, that you’ll come up with some more thought-provoking words to keep me motivated over the coming weeks!
33 thoughts on “Phunning Light”
Nice outing. Thanks for taking me with you.
Delighted to have your company.
Thanks very much, Naomi.
Lots of wonderful opportunities for phunning here Jean.
Andrea, interesting use of the word ‘here.’ Has to be one of the most complex words in the English language and in terms of meaning/interpretation.
True, because of course I meant ‘here’ in terms of your words and images, when really I mean ‘there’!
I’m so glad to feel that I’ve drawn you over here, Andrea. That’s the ultimate.
Jean the castle looks amazing I can feel the history reaching out to me from your photos. Such beauty and magic such phunning! xxxx
Hi Willow, Dunhill Castle is wonderful and has such a depth of history. A bit spooky at night!
I can imagine that it is that!
It would be just the place to inspire one of your atmospheric poems.
I was feeling the tingle if anything developed can I use your photos… I will credit you of course! xxxx
No problemo! Fire ahead.
Jean …Your’e so fortunate to have the surroundings that you do to run and photograph. The pictures are spectacular…loving the tranquilty of the area..so beautiful. Those raspberries are begging to be picked…we have a lone bush in our yard along with a grape arbour (which is just starting to get ripe). They’re Concord grapes and are sweet….Home is where the heart is…
Joni, thanks for writing. Yes, I know I’m blessed to live here.
Those grapes of yours sound divine!
Great Sceneries. Be Blessed because you are, Mtetar
Thanks for your kind words.
I love the fruit:):)
Hi Olga, nothing beats grazing on berries when out and about on a warm day.
Absolutely lovely photos from your run Jean, thanks so much for sharing them and your thoughts! ❤
My pleasure, Jewels. Thanks for writing.
Your Phunning is working well Jean – some lovely images, particularly the slightly misty shot of your fellow traveller
It’s going well alright, Robin, thanks to people like you!
Must say, I like that pic too.
You live in the midst of such grandeur!
Absolutely! Co. Waterford is a wonderful part of Ireland. Has it all, I think, anyway.
The ocean really used to come up to the castle in human memory (+/- 1,000 years)? Of course your local history goes back 5 -`10,000 years but still that’s a short time for an ocean to move.
It’s phun phinding your photos philmed as you go phunning. Phantastic. 😀
Paul, I suspect further back than 1,000 years.
It’s phun phearing your phomments!
I love the idea of phunning, thanks for taking us along with you 🙂
Hi Letizia, the pleasure is all mine. It’s great fun!
I love your blog! I’ll be looking around some more 😉 I hope you are still enjoying your “phunning”!
Many thanks. Yes phunning away merrily!