In a spacious hotel lounge, I met up with the coordinator of a group of Eight-Decaders. They were enjoying an hour’s break over a cup of coffee during their weekly stroll through the countryside. The organiser had actually come to apologise for their lively chattering. They trusted it had not disturbed me. Of course not, it was great to see folk enjoying one another’s company. Meeting with new friends is a hobby of mine as you know.
Their aim is to meet up once a week for a couple of hours or so to explore different parts of the countryside. The route always includes a restaurant / coffee shop or hotel with character for the half-way break. The plan was to pitch the walk to match the member with probably the greatest determination. This was usually the person with the most challenging physical limitations. It was great to see the way they cared for one another and sought to inspire and encourage a sense of comradeship.
The chosen venue on that trip was excellent. It is a somewhat historic building with a creatively designed garden in which to stroll. It was formerly the Rectory. There are good views from the verandahs too. The management have also acquired some mountain goats which add the atmosphere in the garden. Most places of interest in the village are a “hop-skip-and-jump” away, so there is much to explore.
The group could be as many as 10-15 but there were just 4 of them in the hotel. What a pleasant surpise to bump into such a creative and entreprenurial group. Maybe you could organise such a group in your area or encourage others to form one. Walking, talking, enjoying the summer weather, appreciating special refreshment as well as exploring new environments all contributed to a refreshing and rewarding time.
Go for it……