It’s an easy jog from the Olympic Pools in Newmarket through the Domain and over Grafton Bridge. Under Grafton Bridge is the remains of a cemetery. Most of the graves are in disarray, broken from vandalism, tree roots and the shifting ground.
Down into the gully and over a little creek and you’re at the new cycleway under construction. Can’t wait for that to be finished but I’m one of the first to run on it I’m sure. Back up the hill, more of a bush climb than a run and all of a sudden you’re at Governor Hobson’s grave. Signed the Treaty of Waitangi on behalf of Queen Victoria and six months later dead. Aged 49.
Running after the pool was quite hard for some reason so it was the end of K’Road and back. A cold day, wet and nice to be in a hot shower and in warm clothes. Going out for exercise when it’s cold and wet is hard. It’s definitely easier not to go out!
As I’ve said before from the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona, life is short, life is dull, life is full of pain. But it’s not that hard to make something special for yourself.
And in the winter where there’s not a honey bee in sight, just rain, cold, and at Grafton Cemetery a stark reminder of how long you’re gone when you’re gone, time to give yourself something simple for an uplift.
Might be a run, a movie, time out with a friend or connecting with family.
An easy uplift for a gloomy winter’s day.