Fitting it all in
Lesley Dolphin’s trying to find time to get fit . . .
THIS month I have two dates for your calendar - the Suffolk Walking Festival starting on May 12 and Suffolk Day on June 21. The Suffolk walking festival has become a firm fixture and is even bigger this year. It started 11 years ago with just a few walks organised by Mid-Suffolk District Council and was such a great idea that the county council now co-ordinates events right across the county. I’ll tell you more about it nearer the time, but if you’re struggling to get enough exercise it might be a big help.
Last month I wrote about trying to reduce the amount of plastic in my shopping and thank you for all your emails and tips. I was also impressed that the Prime Minister made her announcements about cutting plastics not long after - perhaps she reads Suffolk Magazine?
This month I thought I might write about my efforts to try to keep fit. Why is it that, although I am a grown woman, I still feel guilty about certain things - the way I used to feel when I hadn’t done my homework? As well as feeling bad about buying single use plastic I also feel guilty if I don’t get enough exercise. I really struggle to fit it into my life along with a pretty demanding job, looking after a house, shopping, and occasionally meeting friends and relaxing. I thought I’d cracked it by getting out onto the prom in Felixstowe three times a week when I walk and run two kilometres. It takes me around 27 minutes and I feel very pleased with myself.
When I started, I planned on just walking, but under cover of darkness I thought I’d try running. Now I run the distance between two lamp posts, walk the next two, and so on. I do it first thing in the morning and, although it’s not an elegant sight, it sets me up for the day and I love it. However, according to whoever decides these things, we are now told this is not enough exercise and we’re meant to do 150 minutes a week. So, I still feel permanently guilty. I’m pretty sure there weren’t pressures like this on my mum’s and dad’s generation. Anyway this takes me back to the Suffolk Walking festival, when there will be strolls and stomps and even treks – something for everyone – and you’ll be able to count it as part of your weekly exercise. www. suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk
HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE OUR BIG DAY?
Last year saw the first ever Suffolk Day launched by my BBC Radio Suffolk colleague (and husband) Mark Murphy, along with the East Anglian Daily Times. It’s all about celebrating our lovely county and about spreading the word further afield that we are not sleepy Suffolk but a vibrant and thriving county. Lots of people took part and did something special for the day, and it’s going to happen all over again this year. One Suffolk butcher is already doing his bit. Leeder’s, of Boxford, are making truly Suffolk sausages. Alan Leeder told me a friend found the recipe in a book dating back 100 years. He’s keeping the main ingredients a closely guarded secret, but did reveal they include a blend of ginger, nutmeg, salt and pepper which they mix by hand. Apparently, the mixing is one of the biggest differences because they have to mix, and mix, and mix until their arms hurt, and then beat some more. He says this makes the mixture really fluffy. In the name of journalistic research, I can tell you I have sampled them and they are scrummy!
‘Why is it that, although I am a grown woman, I still feel guilty about certain things - the way I used to feel when I hadn’t done my homework?’
If you plan on doing something for Suffolk day let us know at Suffolkday@bbc.co.uk
Above: Alan Leeder, of Boxford, will be making Suffolk Day sausages