Boxing Day Walk – 26 December 2011

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On Boxing Day morning, it’s a great tradition in our family to drag ourselves out of bed (despite everything our bodies are telling us) and slap on a pair of walking boots, to join other church congregation members on the annual Boxing Day ramble.

LET'S GET READY TO RAMBLE_With the cars parked outside St James' Church, we waited for other St Luke's walkers to join us.

We met at Southbury Lane in Ruscombe, just outside the St James’ churchyard. Interestingly, the church dates back to the late 12th Century, making it a few hundred years older than parts of Holy Trinity, Cookham, but the same age as the Lady Chapel at that church.

BEST FOOT FORWARD_The group of walkers set off.

There were, as ever for this walk, a good number of us, and the usual blend of Christmas-themed chat warmed the air. It’s always nice to hear of the different ways different people celebrate Christmas as soon as they’ve left church in the morning.

PLEASANT CONVERSATION_Walkers enjoy discussing their Christmases.

It was only my second ‘day out’ with my new camera, having used it all day yesterday for photographing our own Christmas celebrations. That said, I was still getting to grips with its interface, so it took me a while to work out how to alter the white balance settings, due to the major differences between it and the last camera I used.

FLUTTER BY_Birds flying past us as we walked.

As one would expect of rural Berkshire, we saw a large amount of wildlife (most notably several flocks of birds) in addition to farm animals such as horses and cows.

HOW NOW BROWN HORSE_We walked past fields of animals.

The walk lasted roughly two hours, and concluded with the usual shepherd’s pie lunch at Roger Clarke’s (the walk’s leader) house. Long may this tremendous tradition continue – an opportunity to have a breath of fresh air, for extra familial conversation, and a chance to burn off some of the vast number of calories put on during Christmas binge-eating.

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 20-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. A self-professed "lover of life", he enjoys a busy calendar of activities and engagements. With regular involvement in the Scout Association and his church, he was made Head Boy in his final year at school. After a gap-year spent as a Teaching Assistant at a local junior school, he is now half-way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he swims, reads, and enjoys writing about himself in the third-person.