|One more row until it's square again…..|
|….having its first blocking to get it square before starting on the next section (which has butterflies in it; very pretty).|
Whilst I was doing this Tilly was playing out and I only had the old camera nearby but managed to snap her through the window having fun:
|Having a roll just a few feet away from Mrs Duck who seemed completely unperturbed by her presence!|
|Dashing off on an important mission|
|Something needed to be investigated behind the herb bed|
|A more sedate return journey.|
|An important job staking out the enemy…..|
|I hate having to control them but I know I must :-(|
On the running front I'm just pootling along now until my next batch of marathons. Much more sedate this time as I'm doing 3 marathons in 2 weeks. What a lightweight! I've got a massage booked with Mary Massage Lady in about 10 days so she'll sort out any residual stiffness in my neck and shoulders.
I had a nice surprise in the post a few weeks ago but I forgot to show it. It's a medal from the Road Runners Club, of which I am a member. I joined a few years ago because members get a discount on race entry fees. It's a 'virtual' club in the sense that we don't meet up as members are spread far and wide but there's a newsletter and a championship each year which is how I got this medal for runner-up in the marathon category for my age group, 50 - 59. The winning lady's time was 3:35:25 and my time was 4:55:03 so I was a bit behind her! It made me chuckle that the winner of the 60 - 69 category was faster than me too with a time of 4:21:41.
I've had a certificate before for my 10k time in 2013 when I came 4th in the Championship but never a shiny medal so I was very pleased.
|Pity it's got the image of a male runner though. It made me think about Kathy Switzer (see here too for photos and a write-up of the event and here for more background info) who was the first female to run with a number on to complete the Boston marathon back in 1967. This lead to an all-out ban on women taking part in competitions with male runners - yes really! It wasn't until 1972 that women were finally allowed to run the Boston marathon.|
Thankfully we ladies are now allowed to take part in marathons along with the boys and I am very glad that we can.