Box Hill

IMG_4239When I was ill recently, and couldn’t walk, it was hard to imagine that I’d ever be back to normal. And indeed, it has taken all this time – months! – for my leg to properly heal, and for my foot and ankle, which were the worst affected with the deepest infection, to get any feeling back.


I cried a lot one day, over Box Hill. Perhaps it was the all the medication talking, but I was inconsolable, and convinced that climbing up Box Hill of a Summer’s afternoon would never again be possible.


Well, lots of things are possible, of course, given time and determination. (Even getting three teenagers out of bed before noon in half term and into their walking shoes).


Alex had a day off today, so we planned it all out. The skies were blue and the weather was hot, and sort of brewing for a storm in that English Summer way. My poor beautiful foot was fine. It got me all the way up to the top where the views were as amazing as ever, (though I omitted to take any photos!) and then back down the long way along the gently meandering River Mole, where we stopped in the meadows for a picnic.


There were cows in the meadows, and one was feeding her calf, so I went over and told her what a good Mother she was, and how lovely were her eyelashes. I like to think we had a moment – woman and beast in one connected universe – but the kids pointed out that it was ruined slightly by me eating a roast beef sandwich at the same time.


That’s what it was like, today. Lots of laughing and walking and catching up with each other, and the kids exploring and running ahead and back again, and asking over and over can we get a dog?*


And the best bit was, I did it, all those miles and miles, and the future looks bright.



PS: No drawings, ’cause this is a day off. 🙂 I just couldn’t resist sharing it with you.


See you Monday. xx

11 Comments on “Box Hill

  1. That’s lovely Trudi. I am so happy you did that. X

  2. WELL done you….beautiful feet!…always wondered what Box Hill was like. Thankyou. Jean S

    • Oh, Box Hill is lovely! You can go on a real hike or a short walk, or something in between. Even when it’s busy it is still rather quiet. The kids have done overnight walks at Box Hill with their youth groups – it’s good news for everyone of all ages – and they enjoy it every time we go. I really thought I would never go again 🙂 ! xx

  3. So happy for you, Trudy! I am going hiking a little with my family today, but I also have chronic foot problems – bunions! No fun. I haven’t been hiking in a long time. I get my exercise on a boring bike in the house! 🙂

    • Oh no, poor you, that sounds painful. What a shame, I’m sorry you can’t go hiking so much anymore. If you wore a virtual reality headset on the exercise bike you could travel anywhere!

      • Well, I did have one foot operated on a few years ago so it isn’t quite as painful as it was then! But yesterday I walked a while with my family at Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park, and just had to ice my feet for a while when we got home. It was beautiful!!! We have gone there many times; it is only a 45 minute drive from where we live in Northern California. I will think about the virtual reality headset you mentioned. I just listen to music when I ride. 🙂

      • I bet it is beautiful there, and where you live! I will look it up and see some pictures. I would love to travel more. My husband and I were going to, then we had babies..! They have been adventure in themselves. Perhaps when they are grown some more we will get to have our travelling adventure too. 🙂

      • It is really beautiful here. The summers are very hot where we live, but Mt. Lassen is cooler so we go up there to get away from the heat sometimes. We traveled some when the kids were babies, but just day trips mostly; some weekend trips. When we moved here in 2001, we discovered Mt. Lassen which has provided a lot of together time. My babies are 18 and 20 now! Go for it! It is hard to travel when they are still in diapers, but it is still fun. 🙂

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