Saturday, November 27, 2021
I really do seem to have lost the blog-love at the moment which is a shame as I do enjoy looking back over the years and remembering how everything has developed. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose (with apologies for the lack of accents!). There was another marathon on Remembrance day, that was number 202, and it was especially poignant as some of our regular men from the armed forces were missing - 2 suffering from PTSD and 1 who sadly took his own life. It made the 2 minutes silence even more poignant looking out over the Channel at Samphire Hoe on what was a very dreary grey day but when the sea was the calmest I'd ever seen it. I found out later that 1200 desperate people had made the crossing from France to Dover on that day in ridiculously flimsy boats.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
This month can be summarised in one word "changeable" in so many ways! I decided not to run the Beachy Head marathon, my favourite trail event, because it was a mass start rather than the safer staged start approach. I was sad but then glad when I heard that part of the route had been flooded and they turned it into a 2 lap event which missed out some of my favourite bits! People ended up getting faster times than usual as the route was far less challenging. Instead I trotted off to Betteshanger to do the SVN 500th event run, which had a field of less than 40 people, at which I achieved marathon 201 and got a huge medal: Skog from Laine magazine 10. I loved this sweater as soon as I saw it and finally got round to starting it last week. a new stretchy cast-on method for the hem ribbing. It took me ages to master it but I persevered and finally it all clicked into place (old dog/new tricks!!!) and I whizzed through the cast-on. The weather has been so changeable that one day it would be unseasonably hot, the next it was cold, wet and windy! I even wore my favourite wet-weather poncho to go to Yoga class one day:
Monday, September 27, 2021
On 2 levels, this weekend has seen 2 very different epic journeys completed!
First one is the Scout Shawl by Florence Spurling using a kit purchased from Loop London. This has been an absolute joy to knit with lots of interesting panels - like a sampler.
I can't wait to wear it with one of my green tweed jackets!
|I quite enjoy the finishing of a project, weaving in all the loose ends.|
|You had to twist the yarns around each time you met another section to avoid any gaps....|
|...and you had to do the same at each side with the border yarn|
You may notice I've left some lengths of thread at each end in case I decide to make pompoms or tassels. I can't make my mind up yet.
The second epic event is even more epic - I've finally completed marathons 199 and 200 at beautiful Samphire Hoe and with my favourite Race Director, Traviss. It should have happened last year but we all remember what happened then so I'm just relieved to have finally got them done.
So now it's time to catch up on some running with my last 4 medals:
From top left to right: I love the cow from the Bates Green Gallop and the fish is from Bewl and guess what? It's actually useful as it's a bottle opener!!!
Bottom layer: 199 was the Zombie Challenge but there was only 1 person dressed as a Zombie (which is most unusual as we're not usually averse to such silliness!) with 200 being the Mordor 'fun run' which is a misnomer as my quads were screaming at me from running on concrete on the sea wall - ouch!
|This was Saturday for 199 (thanks for the photo Kirsty) - in the background you can see Lou who was running her 100th|
|It was rather misty at the start but it cleared later and the sun baked us!|
|The beautiful and infamous "White Cliffs of Dover"|
Now for the next adventure.......I shall have to put my thinking cap on but I suspect I'll be aiming for 300. However, I'll need to include some dramatic stunts to get attention for Alzheimer's Research UK as I think almost everyone I know has now donated at least 10 times!!!