A Few Of My Favourite Things

So this is my first blog in relation to the Daily Post Challenge, let’s face it, I don’t blog very often anyway! Life just seems to get in the way….. Not to mention the fact that it would take longer for my laptop to load up than it would to actually write the post………

I thought it was an interesting choice of topic – one that could be interpreted in a number of ways. As per the hints in the post I tried to think of material possessions that were important to me. Would I run back into a burning building to save them? Or at least turn and grab them before I ran OUT of the burning building?!

I couldn’t think of any. I don’t have anything of sentimental value. I have a lot of STUFF don’t get me wrong, (I’m a shopper and I like new things), but nothing that is overly expensive or that has been passed down generation to generation.

♦ Just to clarify, of course I would make sure Boyfriend and any pets were safe!! ♦

So I tried to think outside of the box. What do I have that makes me feel happy? What’s my favourite way to spend an evening? And it came to me – the thing I love the most is my old, scruffy knitted blanket that I bought from an Oxfam stall at Leeds Festival in 2002 because I was FREEZING!!

You know the type, lots of mis-matched squares, all knitted by different people in one of the charity’s drives for something to sell at a festival. It cost me £5 and it improved the festival sleeping experience more than I could possibly even attempt to explain!

I love curling up under that blanket when it’s cold and dark outside, when the wind is howling and the rain splattering against the window, while I drink a hot, sugary cup of coffee and read my book (or my Kindle in these new technologically advanced days). That is what I look forward to when I know winter is on its way. That and my knitting of course!

But there is something exceptionally satisfying and comforting about being safely tucked up inside and knowing you don’t have to go outside again for a long while.

Amazingly, it’s 26°C outside as I write this………….. And still I sit and day-dream about my blanket!

as requested 🙂

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Extreme Knitting!

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Spotted in the latest edition of Runners World. Amazing!

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September 4, 2012 · 7:46 pm

Unpleasant Running Experiences………….

My first post in a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time again, and here I go kicking things off with a rant! I’m sorry, it just has to be said.

Now I know that my friends don’t do this, and I’ll bet 99.999% of people out there are far more considerate, so my apologies, this is not meant to offend, I just need to get this off my chest.

Please, please, PLEASE when walking along on the pavement with one or more friends, particularly when one or more of you are walking with a pushchair, suitcase, large dog, etc., or when CYCLING WITH A FRIEND SIDE BY SIDE ON THE PATH (yes that really happened to me today) please don’t take up the WHOLE path and push the innocent jogger (who has already moved to one side and is looking hot and knackered and in need of a lie-down) onto the road……….. It in’t nice, it isn’t fair and it isn’t safe! It’s very upsetting and stressful for the jogger who has to then jump in front of a car before the suitcase wheels over her foot or she gets knocked into the hedge.

And as for the WHITE VAN MAN LEERING AND BEEPING AS YOU’RE RUNNING ALONG – *collapses in the chair* – I have no words. I guess just thanks for the appreciation??

However, all was forgiven when an exceptionally polite lady stood to one side with her daughters on a narrow stretch and let me go huffing and puffing past, encouraging me with a smile!

To all the runners out there, I’m sure you’ve experienced similar, and I know there’s no point getting upset or angry – people will do what they want, when they want – but I would encourage you to keep smiling and thanking those who help. Who know’s, perhaps our friendly nods and words of appreciation (or just our red faces) will make someone think next time they see a lesser-spotted jogger, and they will clear some space for a fellow human being.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus

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A six month gap!

Crumbs, this is my first post in SIX MONTHS, and the first of 2012! This calls for something profound to be said….. Maybe later?

I’d love to say I’ve been out having adventures but I fear the complete opposite is actually true! Boyfriend and I have moved closer to work. In fact, my daily commute has gone from 3 hours to 16 minutes which is quite amazing. We’ve been in our new flat for just over three weeks now and already the time we’ve saved is astonishing. I actually wonder what to do with all this spare time on occasion. Fingers crossed this means I can get back into blog writing. It may still be boring but hopefully it will be more regular!

I’ve acquired a sewing machine as well this year, my Mum upgraded so I have her old one. I can’t wait to get going on some creative projects!

Here are a few I’ve done while I’ve been away:

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I’ve yet to make much progress with the ‘Things to do before I’m 30’ idea, though I have joined up to a local gym with the idea of getting fit and upping my running to hit the (half) marathon head on! What can I say, I’m working on it 🙂

Robert Kennedy
The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.

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Changing times

So it’s been a while since my last post – too long really! I’ve managed to get my act together and get myself a proper grown up job, complete with the three hours a day commuting time (closer to five hours on the days I’m in the London office). It’s a great position for me, one that combines my qualifications and experience and has potential to go a long way. The only downside is the loss of time – the time I spend sat in the passenger seat of the car could be put to much better use.

Boyfriend and I have come to the decision to move closer to the office to save time and money, and lower those ever-rising stress levels. But it made me think, what am I missing out on? I need an adventure!! And whilst time and money may not permit a year-long excursion around the world, I will be 30 in 21 and a half months. Not the ‘end’ admittedly, but certainly the prospect of being tied down with responsibilities after that time may hamper the adventure prospects.

So then there is the ‘Things to do before I’m 30’ list.

Googling this brings up some interesting results. There are the crazy ‘drink so much you spend the night in A&E’ and even ‘neck a pint of peppermint oil’ (obviously something on everyone’s list); and the ‘start your own business while you can afford to lose everything’ and ‘get on the property ladder’. Nice, but I don’t want to start my own business, and whilst I may get on the property ladder before I’m 30, that is not something I’m going to rush into! I have learnt a new skill (knitting), I have started a club (knitting club), I do write a blog (if badly and rarely!), I have seen a West-End musical (or two), I have left the comfort of a job I knew well to return to university (and right the wrongs I did the first time!!), not to mention frequenting many a shower-free rock festival.

I’d like to set some more achievable goals, ones that will actually mean something to me. Things like: running a marathon; running the complete distance of the Great North Run; clearing as much of my student debt as possible (maybe even all of it!); travel – not for months at a time through South-East Asia – but certainly spend some time exploring Italy, and having climbed Wales tallest mountain I’d love to climb England’s and Scotland’s. Maybe learn another new skill and take a photography course? On a slight tangent, a tattoo would be nice 🙂 Fly in a hot-air balloon!

One article I read suggested living somewhere amazing – even if it’s only for a few months I dream of a high-rise apartment in the centre of London or a glorious cottage in North Wales.

If I manage to complete a photography course and get myself a decent camera, perhaps I cold complete a 365 day photo challenge, ending with the final photo on my 30th birthday! I’m loving the sound of that!

Anyway, it has certainly left me thinking and planning. Who knows, perhaps I will get a proper list made and everything crossed off in the next 21 and a half months!

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Felbrigg Hall

It was my birthday very recently, and as the weather was so good Boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to Felbrigg Hall, a National Trust property in North Norfolk. It’s one of my favourite houses-I think because it feels like a home, it’s not too grand but gives you wonderful dreams of wanting to live somewhere as beautiful as there!

I can also recommend a book called Cobwebs and Cream Teas, a fantastic book about looking after the Hall and all the trials and tribulations that come with it.

Anyway, here are a selection of photos from the day that hopefully highlight some of the features of the estate which includes the Hall, a beautiful walled garden and acres of parkland.

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Rare bee in Norfolk

Great bee news at Sheringham Park!

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