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 “While we may want to crawl under a duvet and
hibernate until spring, we’d miss out on some wonderful experiences.”
                    reading diaries, with the day-to-day experiences of ordinary people, and I liked the challenge of writing in a way I have not done before, marking the year through walks.
“In a funny sort of way, the whole coming together of the book was like doing a walk I haven’t done before. I had to keep stopping and checking the map!”
She’s touring the country now, talking about the book at festivals and events, and will be returning to some old stomping grounds.
“One of my dearest old school friends lives in Suffolk and I used to visit her and my goddaughter in Framlingham. My parents lived here when they first got married.
“It’s a beautiful county. The coastline is stunning and there’s great variety – the woodlands, hills and the castles. I’m very much looking forward to coming back and scampering around.”
Even as winter approaches, Kate says there is much to enjoy from being outdoors. “While we may want to crawl under a duvet and hibernate until spring, we’d miss out on some wonderful experiences.
“It can be quite fun, walking through the mud. Instead of battling the elements, you can embrace them. I may get wet or cold, but I can come inside and make myself a cup of tea and sit in front of a fire and warm up.
“I’m really quite proud of this book,” she says. “I think it has something important to say – if we walk a little bit more, it can make us feel
a whole lot better!”
words: Catherine Larner n Thinking on My Feet
by Kate Humble is published by Octopus, priced £20.
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