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Another String to my Bow

Yesterday I attended a crochet workshop at Sew Creative, Wroxham, and I had a BRILLIANT time! Rather happily, I picked up this new skill fairly quickly, and through out the day made a little lavender posy with a rose decoration, and started a Granny Square for which I have today bought more wool to make it into a blanket. A new craft that is easy to transport and will keep me entertained on those old commuter trains.

It’s always nice to add another skill to your repertoire – particularly a creative one, and even if it has not direct relation to your job. I always find that doing things that you enjoy, creating something that is beautiful and that you can be proud of gives you a great feeling of achievement – as though you can conquer the world! If only I wanted to πŸ™‚

What next I wonder??

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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 πŸ™‚

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

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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,Β 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 newsΒ at Sheringham Park!

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The one, the only…

Sir David Attenborough!

I had the honour and privilege to meet Sir David this weekend as he came to Norwich as part of his book signing tour.

Ok so I wasn’t the only person to meet him, a good two hundred others queued (even one lady who had brought her knitting with her to keep busy through the wait-genius) but he signed my copy of New Life Stories and had an ACTUAL conversation with me! Not about anything life-changing but for someone who was expecting just ‘hello’ and/or ‘thank you’, the enquiry into how I was and how long I’d been waiting basically sent me over the edge.

Sir David has to be the most famous person I’ve ever met and he was a true gentleman.

…. Oh and the books pretty good too! πŸ™‚

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Norwich’s Peregrines

Back in March it was reported that a pair of peregrine falcons were using the dizzying heights of Norwich Cathedral as a potential nesting site on a specially built platform by the Hawk and Owl Trust. This was the second attempt at producing an area suitable for the pair and was built with consideration to the fabric of the historic building.

On Easter Sunday, a female falcon laid her first egg, making them the second pair to breed in Norfolk in 200 years. But in a twist to the story, this is not the original female, this is a younger female, who arrived a few weeks previously and ousted the first!

The Hawk and Owl Trust was founded in 1969 in response to the declining number of peregrines due to illegal shooting and use of specific pesticides.

Webcams have been set up on the Cathedral in order to monitor the falcons and can be seen here.

Chicks are expected to hatch in early June!

On a similar note, the Hawk and Owl Trust are also running a live webcam of a Marsh Harrier and her six chicks at Sculthorpe Moor.

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Running Shoes

I’m a runner. Well, a part-time jogger to be more precise. I only venture out when it’s nice weather. As in, not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not windy, snowy or icy. Etc! But over the last couple of months I’ve been averaging around three runs a week, because last Saturday I took part in Cancer Research UK‘s Race For Life. This fantastic women only 5k event takes place at venues all over the country to raise money for Cancer Research. There is such an amazing atmosphere and a sea of pink as thousands of women walk, jog, run and push buggies round the distance. So if you fancy a challenge and want to raise money for such an amazing cause, get involved! I have done, I did and I will do again!

But I have now totally digressed from my train of thought (this is the problem with blogging!), which is actually the point of this blog. Are you following?!

When I was out running tonight, I didn’t take any music with me. So it was 2.5 miles of me, myself and I. Plus a few cars to watch out for. As I was running I realised how much thinking and planning I do. In fact, I was so busy thinking I nearly went the wrong way – I had to turn back and go down the correct road…..

But that case of misdirection prompted me to think about what I was thinking about while I was running. And I discovered that I think about a lot of things! I thought about needing new running shoes; the people who had annoyed me today; the upcoming decision I need to make and associated pros and cons – not to mention planning the next six months around either result of said upcoming decision; whether I was going to get run over because I wasn’t paying attention; ooo what am I thinking about?; will this make a good blog post?; tomorrows dinner; if I found an abandoned puppy where is the nearest vet and how will I get there (possibly weird I’ll admit)?; do I run funnily a la Phoebe in that classic Friends episode; and the next three weeks social/life schedule. Perhaps next time it would be more relaxing to take my iPod with me.

It seems to become a chance for me to organise my life and put plans into place. I love organising and planning. I don’t mind if plans change but I need that security of having a plan and structure in place. This of course, prompted me to wonder what other people think about and so I open the question – what DO you runners think about when you are running?

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