Rest, anti inflammatory pain killers, massage and heat helped my back self-heal. It is still having the occasional twitch.
Pain is a funny thing. When it strikes, you think of nothing else, are quick to be ill-tempered and are hesitant to move. When it eases, you forget your back was troubling you and move freely. Until the twitch reminds you of what was and what may be again if you are not careful.
So did I slow walk. One that I had been interested in doing when I first saw the pamphlet:Pioneer Walk.
The trail meanders along a creek through Beecroft and Carlingford. Along the way there are information plaques, installed by the local council, that give interesting information about the early settlers, including the origins of the Granny Smith.
The size of the families and the age that the settlers lived to was pretty amazing. One family photographed on one of the plaques had 16 boys and 1 girl!!! All looked lean and healthy. Clearly the food, hard work and transport being limited to walking meant they were healthy – as long as you didn’t get an infection or succumb to an accident! But, oh, being a woman would have been hard work!!!
Apologies if the squealing disturbed nearby residents. There was a lot of rustling in the undergrowth and quick movements caught out of the side of our vision as lizards (and we hope not snakes) scattered away. It is quite scary, hearing a reptile move along the undergrowth next to your path, maybe more so when you don’t actually see it. Unless, of course, it is confirmed as a snake. Then it is truly scary. We did see several of these:
Saw one of these too. Much more impressive but less scary as they don’t look at all like snakes. As soon as the water dragon see you, it dives into the creek.