Weather Gear

Rain Gear

The simplest things can be transformational.

It’s grey, cold and drizzling on this Friday morning. My first thought is to burrow deeper into the blankets, to avoid this dreary day and wait for the sun. Instead I put on my walking gear. First, a soft, cozy shirt, fine gloves and leggings that embrace my body like a warm hug. Next, a light insulating layer. Finally, my rain jacket – light and loose enough to fit over everything but built to send the wind and raindrops bouncing back; the way a superhero’s armour repels bullets and lightning bolts.

Off we go, me and my furry pal. Striding out into the grey, the cold and the chill.  Protected. Invincible. Within minutes it happens. Our limbs stretch, muscles warm up and we fall into an easy rhythm together, breathing in the cool air and the fresh smells of spring. Worms, water, mud and the promise of green things sprouting everywhere. Before long the light seems brighter, the fresh, cool air fills our lungs. We turn our faces up as we walk and welcome the splash of the raindrops and the refreshing mist.

We walk for ages and return home damp, smiling, warm and invigorated.

The day is changed.

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It’s beautiful out there!

I know, you’re thinking “really?”  It’s only about 6 degrees out; it’s grey and drizzly, and there is a wind that’s bending the trees over!  Well, as I’ve said before, the day really can be whatever you want it to be!  Attitude is everything.

When you live with an 83lb dog, you go outside 365 days of the year, whatever the weather.  If there’s one lesson I truly have learned from Gus, it’s that getting outside every day just feels great.  I really do miss the fresh air if I have a day when I’m not able to take him for one of his walks.  I do believe that there is no such thing as bad weather; only poor clothing choices!  The secret to enjoying whatever Mother Nature throws at us is to dress for it.  Today I put on a few layers (waterproof one on top), hiking boots, a neck warmer & a hat.  I was toasty warm & dry, and the drizzly wind didn’t bother me one bit.

When you’re warm and comfortable you can get on with stretching out your limbs and truly enjoying the walk.  You have time to really open your eyes and appreciate what’s around you.

While many were huddled at home with a cup of tea, Gus and I were out enjoying the beautiful sights of spring in our neighbourhood.

Take a look . . .

Happy spring. . . now get out there and enjoy it!