Strong, fit, and healthy

I love Saturdays. I feel so strong and energetic right now and the weekend is my time to get outside for some physical activity. Today I have been particularly active having spent my morning hefting huge bags of grit salt up the hill to the church.

Several months ago the city council invited people to sign up for a cubic metre of grit salt for sprinkling on public spaces over the winter. For people in the southern hemisphere who may not know what this is, it’s rock salt which is sprinkled over roads and pavements to lower the freezing point and stop the surfaces from becoming slippery. The city council grits the roads but they don’t do anything with the pavements. I signed up for a bag hoping my neighbours would take some for themselves but apart from two people on our street, no-one else was interested so now I have a cubic metre of salt in the backyard which is way too much for us.

I offered some to the local church and they were keen and got a bin especially for it so I spent the morning going back and forth in Hoss (my cargo bike) with large buckets of salt. The church is at the top of a hill so I had to take the full load uphill and an empty load back down! With the electric assist on Hoss it was easy peasy and the nice thing about a bike is I was able to cycle right up next to the bin which I couldn’t have done in a car.


Then we went for our usual ride along Deeside Way to Highland Dance and I was superwoman again.


There’s a charity shop near the dance studio which is the best one I’ve ever seen. It’s in a wealthy part of town but it’s still extraordinary to see what people throw away. Today I picked up this gorgeous dress. The brand is John Charles and I’m going to wear it for Christmas lunch. And yes, if you’re wondering I have hairy legs and I don’t care.







7 responses to “Strong, fit, and healthy”

  1. Denise Avatar

    That’s a good initiative by the council. We can’t expect others to do everything for us and it would have promoted community spirit if more people had been interested. I’m glad two people took part anyway. And I agree with feeling strong, I love my Saturday mornings too, cycling about to get my bigger loads of shopping before traffic starts building up, and then walking about to use the local shops.

    1. Rachel M Avatar

      Yes, I thought it was a good idea too but I think a lot of people don’t use the pavement. They get in their cars and drive off so they don’t care if the pavements are slippery. I also wonder whether people will start knocking on my door when we start to get icy pavements. When I got the salt it was still pretty warm.

      Sitting passively in a car doesn’t do anything to make one feel strong and energetic but getting around on your own steam does and I would never trade my bike for a car.

  2. Jonathan Avatar

    We were trying to encourage our eldest to get over herself and look in the charity shop this morning – we live in a wealthy town, so tried to explain to her that the kind of things you find in our local charity shop are NOT the kinds of things you might imagine 🙂

    1. Rachel M Avatar

      Was she convinced? I love looking through charity shops and getting that thrill of finding something unique that’s also a bargain. I also love finding old things. I once found a tartan skirt from the 1960s or 1970s and made in London but looking like it had never been worn. It’s one of my favourite skirts.

  3. cbegg1950 Avatar

    My wife Christine days that dress is beautiful! We trawl charity shops too and would love to have seen that!

  4. samsavvas Avatar

    Very nice legs Rachel! Everyone in Adelaide has hairy legs – we thought we were all alone in this regard… 😉

    1. Rachel M Avatar

      Great to hear! Long live the hairy legs.

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