It is a day today Dear Reader that is just a touch windy. Not quite up to hurricane speed as we had last week, but windy enough for me to struggle to get up the seafront on my daily stomp. I stupidly wore a skirt to work today and before you ask yes I did have a Marilyn moment witnessed thankfully by only a couple of rather disinterested seagulls….
I normally have a daily stomping partner but she is away this week so I’ve been braving the elements alone and averaging around 5 miles a day which I’m really pleased with. When you sit at a desk for the best part of 9 hours a day, 5 miles is good going! There is something that I love about the desertedness of the seafront now that the tourists have gone home with the waves crashing and the seagulls wheeling and screeching above me. There was a cormorant too having a little fish and apart from those, I only passed two more people
foolish brave enough to be out there. I returned to the office looking like I’d been dragged through several hedges backwards but exhilarated none the less.
As a footnote, please keep the people of the Philippines in your thoughts following Typhoon Haiyan. If you can, give to a charity that is supporting this disaster but be careful to whom you donate. There are rogue, made up charities who will jump on the bandwagon of any disaster and your money, if donated to these may never see the people that it has been donated for. So stick with the reputable ones – The Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children, Mediciens sans Frontiers who are playing a more than active role in helping to get aid to these stricken poeple. I work for a shipping company and we have many seafarers from the Philippines. We have made a substantial donation through our agents based in the Philippines with a caveat stating that we wish to know that the monies have directly benefitted those affected. Cynical, perhaps. Reassuring, of course. Better that than it lining unscrupulous pockets, definitely. And remember how lucky you are.