We are currently gripped by very cold temperatures and a few inches of snow. Nothing major or unlikely for the time of year but the cause of both much excitement and simultaneously much dismay in our little household.
I walk to work (well, one of my current places of work) and on days like today, it's something for which I'm very grateful.
My mittens were safely housed in the car overnight. Very safely it transpires, as with much tugging of locks I was unable to open any of the doors - all frozen shut! I ended up wearing three mismatched gloves...
And several thousand layers of clothing. Walking, even in very cold temperatures, is perfectly fine IF you are adequately clothed. For me this meant two pairs of thermal socks, thermal boots, legwarmers, five layers plus a jumper and a coat, scarf and hat. Others maybe more tolerant: I do not like being cold!
But it has huge advantages too. Whilst all around people were wrestling with deicer and scrapers, car engines were left noisily running and churning out noxious fumes, I simply stepped out of my front door, no fuss and no effort. I walked past nose to tail jams and I knew exactly how long my journey would be - bang on 38 minutes as normal. No stress, no frustration and perfectly timed.
Walking keeps me finely tuned, physically and mentally. When I don't walk, I feel like my day's missed something. I feel boxed in, cabin fever. And I love that I have no impact on the world around me. It's just me, under my own steam.
But above all, it's what I see and hear. The small patch of winter purslane by the cycle path end, the elderly couple with the Labrador who always say hello, the big holly bush that entices me with promises of festive decoration, a catch up with a good friend, the sound of my boots being the first to tread in the snow, the light of the sunrise hitting the cedars...
Car commute? I really don't think so!
Treading Lightly is simple living, within your means and the means of the planet, and making a minimal impact on the Earth. Find out more here about Catherine, of Barefoot Solutions, does this from day to day.