It’s Day Six of our latest Tenner Week budgeting challenge, and we’ve finally made it to the weekend. How has your week gone so far?
Today’s thrifty activity is to walk in nature, but I should also say that’s weather permitting and a quick check of your local forecast should tell you what you need to know. If it’s snowing, icy or pouring down with rain then don’t worry, there are some other things you can try instead.
Getting out for a walk is a great way to get some exercise and maybe go somewhere new and interesting, and being in nature brings even more health benefits from enjoying some fresh air to gaining a mental health boost.
All you need to do today is wrap up warm, check the forecast and other local conditions, and get out for a stroll of some sort. If you have limited mobility then you could try a modified trip such as a shorter walk, a wheelchair or pushchair friendly route, or gardens with accessible paths, depending upon what suits your needs best.
Here are a few quick ideas:
- A Ramblers recommended route or wellbeing walk
- A famous route, National Park, or area of outstanding beauty
- Local walking groups in your area
- Formal gardens, botanical gardens, apothecary gardens
- Local strolls, such as nearby parks or riversides
- Walk your dog on a different route, or walk a neighbour’s dog
- An art or culture walk
If the weather’s terrible, or you can’t easily get out for any reason, you can still get your nature fix in other ways such as:
- Documentaries about seas, continents, plants, animals etc
- Nature photography
- Planning a windowsill flower box or this year’s gardening
- Research or plan an outing for when the weather’s better
Enjoy your time in nature, whatever your choose to do today.
What’s happening here
Our local weather forecast looks fairly mild compared to last week, although it’s going to be overcast for most of the day. Our plan is to hike over to Greenwich to enjoy some formal gardens and walk around the evergreens, or go further up the hill and look for some wild deer.
There’s a cafe right at the end of that route, but I don’t think my remaining £1 is going to get me much apart from an ice pop, and I definitely don’t think I’ll fancy that at all on a wintery morning. I think I’ll make a thermos of spiced hot chocolate to drink at the far end of the park before we come back, and take a few biscuits to go with it if we have any left today.
We might also do the free Frost Fair art walk in Bankside tomorrow if we have time. It’s the last weekend to enjoy it, and there’s an app you can download to get all the extra AR effects.
Tonight’s dinner is going to be a homemade pizza, with pizza dough and grated mozzarella from the freezer, and whatever else we can rustle up for toppings. I think there might be a beer or two in the cupboard as well, so beer and pizza it shall be.
Total spent so far this week: £9.00.
Where might you go for a walk / how will you enjoy nature today? Do you have any of your budget left?