After recently seeing a few friends and family become quite poorly and a member of my choir die I resolved that I really must keep myself fit. I don’t like gyms so I decided to follow my sister’s good example and get out for a walk every morning before I set about my day. So far, I have managed a full fortnight of this and I am getting to the stage that I was aiming for – feeling guilty if I don’t get out for my walk.
So, now I am in the habit of having a 20 to 30-minute brisk walk every morning and I have to say I do feel better for it. I have more energy to get through my day, I see places that I didn’t know existed, generally enjoy the wonders of the world and I have reconnected with my neighbourhood and the people in it. This morning I smiled and said good morning to at least 3 people on my way and waved to a lady who was still cosy in her dressing gown looking out on the day from her room in the nearby care home – she smiled and waved back. I hope that helped her through her day.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not surrounded by beautiful countryside here – I am walking in the streets of a northern industrial town. There is still so much to see though, including the last flowers of summer and the colourful autumnal leaves just beginning to fall from the trees.
As I was striding out this morning I felt the first slight chill of Autumn – on my hands. I rolled down the sleeves of my coat and curled my fingers in.
What I realised at that point is that it is time to break out my fine merino wool fingerless gloves. No, I don’t mean big bulky winter gloves – I’m not ready for those yet. I mean my beautifully fine and soft merino wool fingerless gloves that I hardly know I’m wearing, keep my hands cosy and turn into a delightful fashion accessory once my hands have warmed up.
Once I arrived home I also realised that I hadn’t dressed properly for my walk this morning. I had forgotten to put on my merino wool camisole. I knew this because by the time I got back to my front door my body had warmed up significantly and I was feeling rather sticky. I don’t feel like that at all when I wear my merino tops. I won’t be forgetting that again – particularly tomorrow when I will be walking to the station to catch a train to a business meeting!
Merino wool is such a superb fibre. It is less than half the width of a human hair, which means it doesn’t prickle like other wool, it can absorb up to 35% of its own weight in moisture, helping to manage the skin’s environment, meaning that when you get hot you don’t feel damp and sticky whilst wearing it. It keeps you warm in the cold and cool in the warmth. Wear it at any time of the year. It also absorbs odour molecules so you can wear it and wear it without washing and it doesn’t become stinky.
So – take a look at the Amazing Merino website to discover the wonders of merino wool.