Six word Saturday


No zumba for me this week

Wouldn’t you know that it’s a perfect English morning (at last!) and my normal Saturday morning walk down through the park to zumba would be a delight?  Instead I’m going to take you on an uphill walk which is the cause of my incapacity.  Then I might sit in the garden with a book- a novelty in itself! (and ignore the pile of ironing just a bit longer)

Unfortunately I wasn’t wearing the right kind of footwear, and as we scrambled back down again I could feel the damage to my toes.  It was the “quick route” down as everyone was starved and we were heading for a very nice restaurant as a reward for our efforts.

I struggle to get a shoe on and have been wearing flipflops ever since.  Still, I did enjoy the walk, and the company.  Hope you did too?  Don’t forget to visit Cate at Show My Face to see what’s been happening to everyone this week.  My Six word Saturdays are all on the button below.



    1. Thanks, TBM. Your presence here probably means that your French Open adventure has been posted. As I’m sitting here, resting said foot, and waiting for the rain delay to end I shall hop over (ha! ha!) and look. 🙂
      It’s not so bad but I still can’t put a hiking boot on. Hardly matters with the weather as is.

      1. If it doesn’t hurt too much enjoy resting it. Sometimes getting over an injury (as long as the pain is minimal or none) can be peaceful. I think the sun peaked around a cloud briefly here.

    1. Glad I made the most of sitting in the garden with my feet up, Karen. It’s throwing it down right now. I’ve had to cancel two walks planned for this week but they’d have been a soggy affair anyway. Watching the French Open tennis (and ironing) instead. Thanks for your concern 🙂

    1. Not too well, Paula. I should be out walking today, but
      1. it’s miserable, awful weather
      2. I can’t get a hiking boot (or normal shoe) on comfortably.
      So, here I am!

      1. That’s too bad, but at least the weather is miserable, you would feel much worse if it was nice outside and your feet aching. I am sure the pain will go away in a few days if you don’t abuse them in the meantime…

      2. That’s true. 🙂
        It would have been a lovely country walk around a North Yorkshire village, ending in a pub lunch. Coffee and biscuits at home instead. Cheaper!

  1. AJJJJ, don’t read too great …. damage toes … Wonderful shots – you be careful so you don’t bang the big toe into some piece of furniture now – that is what I use to do … when I have a soar toe already. How loves shoes … really ????!!!
    Are you in Algrave now ????? A bit confused … but that is normal for me. *smile

      1. I love shoes … and I should have 1000 feet really – but I I don’t really like to have the on for too long.
        Back in UK now … but you just came back from Poland .. and Algrave too ???

  2. Beautiful weeds and stuff on your walk, Jo. So sorry about your foot. I’m also good at doing bad things to my big toes, and have lost both big toe nails a few times. I have a bright purple one at the moment. 😯 Hope it’s better soon, and you can Zumba away to your heart’s content. 🙂

  3. Dear Jo,

    I’m visiting the north very soon and it will be exciting for me to explore the nature up there and meet crazy and fantastic people there. I’ve seen many familiar faces who have left messages on your blog, and this’s definitely a place that I’d like to come back to very often.

    Oh — I’m excited! I’m visiting the north of England!!

    1. Lovely to meet you, Janet. You’re definitely going to the right household to meet crazy people! 🙂
      Have a wonderful time and we’ll catch up when you’re home.

  4. So jealous of your wonderful world out there while it is wet, grey and cold out here, Jo. So sorry to hear about the toe damage….

    1. The sunshine must be coming your way, Malou! We’ve waited weeks in the UK, and even in the Algarve it was a scarce commodity for a while.
      A sunny Bank Holiday weekend! Unheard of. Set to change tomorrow. 🙂

    1. Guilty as charged, Marianne! I stole your thistles. Just beautiful, aren’t they? 🙂

      I’d already done 2 posts since I came back Wednesday night and was wondering what to do for 6WS after all that’s happened in the past few weeks. A nice walk never goes amiss, does it? Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Beautiful photos! Just lovely! And if I had the opportunity to take this walk I’d definitely avoid the ironing! Oops! I do that anyway…so I guess all I can say is that I would LOVE to take this beautiful walk. 🙂

  6. Fantastic shots, Jo – I loved taking the walk with you here (and it didn’t hurt my toe!) Ouch – you poor thing, I hope it’s feeling better 😀

    1. I’m always barefoot at home, Dianne, so it’s easy enough there, unless of course I walk into something. I think maybe I should walk backwards. Nice to see where I’ve been. 🙂

    1. So naughty I was, yesterday afternoon, just sitting in the garden while Michael cleaned out the conservatory. (I didn’t want to get in the way!) I might just wander out there again this morning while I’m peeling vegetables for Sunday lunch. This sunshine is such a gift.
      Thanks Gem. 🙂

  7. 🙂 Hi Jo ~~ I am sorry about your foot. I hope it might be better tomorrow. I hurt my foot too yesterday. I don’t know what did it, just that it is similar to what put me on crutches several years ago. But it doesn’t hurt that bad so far.

    It got worse during my walk with Mrs. Jim. We were she was shopping at our Macy’s store for some clothes. Afterwards were, and did go, to go eat again at Beck’s Prime to use our other National Hamburger Month buy-one-get-one-free-hamburger coupon.

  8. I made the same mistake on my trip to Japan and didn’t realise till I returned that both my big toe nails were damaged! They are growing back, but I am still so conscious about taking off my footwear in public still.
    The walk seems to have been almost worth losing the toenail for though 🙂 Have never seen weeds as gorgeous or goats quite like that! Thanks for the tour Jo. And take good care of those toes 😉

    1. PS: Jo, I needed to get the dead toe nails removed because the new nail was not able to push through and was getting ridged. Better get a doctor to check them.

    2. I’m annointing them with Argan Oil I won from Suze (Travelbunny) and drinking red wine, Madhu. Or the other way round- whichever works! Glad I’m not the only foolish person around 🙂

    1. Yes, exactly that, Vicky. At home I have proper walking boots, but never bother in the Algarve. The plimsolls just weren’t up to the job of going downhill over loose stones. Getting better though. Just one very black big toe. 🙂

  9. The walk looks delightful! I hope your toes hurry up and heal and yes ignore the ironing,I feel ironing is over rated anyhow! X

    1. Way overrated, Jess! I’ve done half(ish), after a lovely afternoon in the garden. Well, how often does the sun shine all day? Have a good weekend. 🙂

  10. Oh this was the better choice by far. The ironing will keep, even long after a bit of good reading by the light of evening. This kind of walk is so good for the soul. Besides if you hadn’t taken photos, how could we ever share it too? Enjoy your weekend, and the simple gifts so close at hand. Oh yeah, the ironing will keep!

    1. The ironing always wins at some point, doesn’t it, Karen? It was a beautiful walk and i spent the afternoon in the garden with a book. (result!) Thanks, you too. 🙂

  11. I hurt my toes this week, too. It was crazy: I ran into a wall somehow, and I’ve been stumbling around ever since. I really hope you feel better soon.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. Have a nice weekend. ☺

    1. Owww! I felt that, Dana. Shame we don’t bounce, isn’t it?
      Had a wonderfully lazy afternoon in the garden (sunny,too!) and did half of the ironing. :).

    1. Going up was fine, Elaine, and I loved the views. The company was great too, so I was fine till I got back to the house. Getting better (in spite of the ironing!) 🙂

    1. I might’ve been better in my flipflops, Eunice! The things some people will do to get out of the ironing. Didn’t really work, either- still had to do some this evening! 🙂

  12. So sorry about your feet — but oh my, what glorious pictures! I felt like I was on the lovely walk with you. It’s rainy & cold here (New Jersey, USA) so this was a treat, thank you!

    Hope your tootsies feel better ASAP!

  13. Absolutely stunning shots Jo and I truly enjoyed the tour with you hon and sorry about you hurting yourself. I do hope it will get better soon. Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing this beauty hon. 🙂 *big hugs*

  14. Ooh, sounds painful Jo. Maybe get it checked out by a doctor? My mum did something similar a few months ago and it turned out that her foot was broken, then wasn’t healing itself and eventually she had to have surgery on it. She is only just now allowed to start putting some weight on it and, most excitingly for her, to wear normal shoes.

    1. Thanks for your concern, Georgia. It’s really just the big toe that’s damaged. I might loose the nail, but I think it’ll be ok. I don’t much like shoes anyway. I’m a barefoot lass normally. 🙂

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