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Thursday, February 25, 2021

I am a member of a virtual running club called Lonely Goats - and had an email the other day about 'plogging' which is picking up rubbish on your runs.

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The only problem, I find, is what to DO with the bag of rubbish when I've got it! There aren't many large refuse bins out in the public domain.

However, it made me think. And this morning I went down to the beach at low tide, and picked up two hands-full of plastic and put it in the bins along the promenade. Next time, I'll take a bag.

I've made a fresh determination to return to a habit I used to enjoy which was to have a morning 'mindful' coffee sitting outdoors. I used to have a garden which I could sit in, but now I don't have a garden. However, I DO have a beach 2 mins down the road. And a park actually. And a shared courtyard. I like to sit somewhere private, alone.

We're not 'allowed' to sit and drink coffee outdoors at the moment - we have to keep moving (aka exercising!). So I put on my wellington boots and went down to the beach at low tide.

The beach here isn't the sandy type - it's pebbles, rocks and seaweed here. Further along to the east, the beach is nice and sandy.





It was a lovely morning - sunshine, no wind. And I got to talk to some people along the way too, which felt good.

I walked home via the park

this is the little pond which was looking so lovely, the purple crocuses were planted on the banks.



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  • MINNIEUK
    Gill, my sister lives on the Northumberland coast and her family are known locally as the "Hauxley wombles" because they are never on the beach without litter-picker sticks and rubbish bags. She collects seaglass too and did you know all the colours have pretty names? Seafoam green, cornflower blue etc

    You might also find "treasure". Last time I walked on her beach with her (a glorious day when the world was normal) we found a little plastic dump truck!

    I asked her what you might do with the rubbish and she said,

    "We bag it in a bin liner and leave it somewhere and then tell the council it’s there. Might be advisable to have a word with the council first and establish a relationship first. They will quite possibly supply bags too."
    33 days ago
  • INFLATED
    I used to gather aluminum cans to recycle and got a bit of cash for them. When I had enough money, I would buy pizza for the family (we were poor). My kids called me the bag lady, but they sure liked the pizza!

    Right now, we are having a time of rain and flood warnings. We moved to the state of Kentucky February 6, 2020 and have lived here a year. I haven't met any of our neighbors. Picking up trash is a wonderful idea. We have to pay for our trash to be hauled away. I don't think people care that much about the way they affect the environment. It is more convenient to toss trash away, than it is to carry it home and put it in a proper receptacle.
    49 days ago
  • INFLATED
    I used to gather aluminum cans to recycle and got a bit of cash for them. When I had enough money, I would buy pizza for the family (we were poor). My kids called me the bag lady, but they sure liked the pizza!

    Right now, we are having a time of rain and flood warnings. We moved to the state of Kentucky February 6, 2020 and have lived here a year. I haven't met any of our neighbors. Picking up trash is a wonderful idea. We have to pay for our trash to be hauled away. I don't think people care that much about the way they affect the environment. It is more convenient to toss trash away, than it is to carry it home and put it in a proper receptacle.
    49 days ago
  • INFLATED
    I used to gather aluminum cans to recycle and got a bit of cash for them. When I had enough money, I would buy pizza for the family (we were poor). My kids called me the bag lady, but they sure liked the pizza!

    Right now, we are having a time of rain and flood warnings. We moved to the state of Kentucky February 6, 2020 and have lived here a year. I haven't met any of our neighbors. Picking up trash is a wonderful idea. We have to pay for our trash to be hauled away. I don't think people care that much about the way they affect the environment. It is more convenient to toss trash away, than it is to carry it home and put it in a proper receptacle.
    49 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    Cornwall at its prettiest!
    50 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Sounds a perfect day and clever that you combined time outside with your walk ❤️

    We are lucky to have some sunshine these days with cold nights but loving the snowdrops in the area, crocuses and mini daffodils in my garden. Wishing you a wonderful week! emoticon emoticon
    51 days ago
  • SUSMANNIE
    You look wonderful! Retirement must agree with you.

    Love the name of your running club.
    52 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    Health benefits for the earth and health benefits for you. win/win

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    53 days ago
  • VEENAS1
    The complex I live at every spring has one Saturday where the residents go around the community picking up trash. It is a good feeling doing something good for our planet even if it is a small thing.
    53 days ago
  • SUNNYBEACHGIRL
    Oh how pretty and so cheerful
    53 days ago
  • AKA_TROUBLE
    I love crocuses. Thanks for sharing your pics. emoticon
    53 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    Nice!
    53 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
    Beautiful surroundings.
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    53 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    What a wonderful idea! Love the pictures.

    HUGS
    53 days ago
  • MOLLIEMAC
    We have a shoreline clean up volunteer group here, last year they retrieved over 2000lbs. of garbage from just our relatively small area. Now that I'm settled in I plan on joining them at times.
    53 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Beautiful. I really enjoy your walks. Thanks for brightening my day
    53 days ago
  • RAERAERAE62
    Beautiful pictures. I'm glad you have the time now to do more of what you enjoy.
    53 days ago
  • SWEETENUFGILL
    Ah, Lori - I DID actually find four green chips of sea-glass today - my first find! My friend, who is an expert at it, said I must have 'green eyes'! By the way, I was picking up plastic from the tide-line, from the sea, not general litter on the street.
    53 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Love the pics! And love the idea of picking up trash while on a walk.
    I’ve thought about picking up trash, too. I get overwhelmed though, because there is always just so much. Tennessee is very trashy, and it’s sad.
    If I could go back to your beaches in Cornwall, I’d search for sea glass till my eyes fell out. It’s one of my favorite things on earth, looking for sea glass.
    Thank you for sharing.
    53 days ago
  • JUNEPA
    Beautiful outdoor jaunt and great idea (plogging)
    54 days ago
  • 75HEALTHYME

    Thank you for sharing your chat and photos...

    and thank you for picking up the thoughtlessness of others.

    I often wonder if people who litter ... litter their own areas home, yard.
    do they ever think of anyone other than themselves at that moment in time?
    because if they thought ahead at all they would realize that litter has the potential to hurt the whole world and all life-forms.
    Just answered that question... they do not think nor care the impact of their actions.
    sorry for the mini blog.. I just couldn't seem to stop keying in more words.

    54 days ago
  • LIBELULITA
    I love the photos you share of your morning escapades. What a wonderful thing to do, to pick up plastic and rubbish from the beach.
    54 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    We saw a couple of crocus on our walk in the sun today, actually felt some warmth from the sun today.
    54 days ago
  • no profile photo MLR_00
    We still have a foot of snow. It will be a while before I see crocuses.
    54 days ago
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