Thursday, May 27, 2021

Some more photos

Some photos from my daily runs over the last few days:

A leafy lane leading down to Bodiam Castle

The sky looked rather gloomy and I hoped it wasn't going to rain

Thankfully the sun came out when I reached Bodiam Castle and I loved the reflections in the moat

Shelley, waiting patiently for me to come home

The sky last night

A riparian walk with Mike this morning

The National Trust is extending the car park and eating into this beautiful stretch of the riverbank

Mums and lambs sheltering in the shade


I started another knitting project yesterday. It's a sweet little cardigan called the Gambit Cardi and I chose this gorgeous slubby yarn from Black Elephant held together with some turquoise laceweight yarn from my stash.

The colours are more accurate in the first photo

I love the bobbly bits and splashes of purple and deep turquoise

I just laid out all my medals from 'virtual' events over the past 14 months. Crikey there are quite a lot! They range from marathon to ultra marathon done all in one go to events lasting several weeks such as the Land End to John o'Groats (874 miles), the M25 Vultra (117 miles), the Pennine Way (268 miles) and a couple more for which I haven't received a medal yet.

Annoyingly I would have achieved my 200th marathon if these events had been in real life! Never mind, only 15 more real-life events to go.......

I'm actually getting quite excited as I may be able to go to a real life event next weekend! 

Oh my goodness it's going to feel strange running with other people again but I'm really looking forward to it. Fingers crossed I can go 'cos you never know what's going to happen in these uncertain times!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Right, back on it!

Sorry blog, it's been a tough few months and although things are supposedly getting back to 'normal', whatever that is now, everything is different. We were told to stop 'shielding', a word I've come to hate with a vengeance,  a few weeks ago and we've both had our 2nd vaccine at last albeit way behind many of my friends of the same age as they live in towns/cities and have had much swifter access to the vaccine. I also got fed up of trying to get blogger to let me edit things, having tried 15 times to edit my details, and also I wasn't being shown any comments so apologies to anyone who's still popping in here!

I thought I might be able to return to running events soon but now the Indian variant may put paid to that. What will be, will be and there's no point fretting, but I'm painfully aware that my fund-raising for Alzheimer's Research UK has come to a standstill as a result. Of course I can still do on-line talks and Press stuff thank goodness.

Of course I've still been running, gardening, I completed another wave of the Six Pack Revolution in January to keep up my fitness and tone up my muscles, and have just started another and there's been lots of knitting too. Having checked back through my photos I can see that I'll have to condense them somewhat or perhaps spread them over a few posts as there are so many.

For now, I'll just share a random collection of events/memories to try and get back into more regular posting as I have missed blogging.


I finished this jumper but haven't been out anywhere so haven't worn it yet!


Then Kate Davies released this mitten pattern and I thought it would be a nice quick project. I already had the colours needed but thought I'd change the navy to purple until I realised that the dark blue would be perfect with one of my tweed jackets.

They were a pleasant TV knit and didn't take long to make.

I've just finished the jumper below and am really pleased with it. I've had 2 hanks of this laceweight yarn saved for something special for ages and when I came across Misurina I knew this was what I wanted to use it for. Of course there were trials and tribulations along the way as I couldn't find the right contrast colour having set my heart on purple, which didn't show up well enough, but finally settled on pink which works perfectly.

I had great difficulty getting gauge and ended up knitting the 3rd size to get the amount of drape I wanted without it looking too fitted.

Of course there's been lots of running so here's a selection of photos taken whilst out and about, no detailed descriptions, just things that have given me pleasure or caught my eye in all kinds of weather:

Beautiful Bodiam Castle

Skies that made me happy and appreciate what we have, not what we have not:

They have been so uplifting that I'm thinking I might do 52 weeks of skies again.


I need to get all my 'virtual' medals out and photograph them as there are sooooooo many. I may not have been to any real life events but last year I covered 3126 miles which is my highest mileage ever!

I'm feeling grateful for being able to run outside in daylight again rather than in the dark with my headtorch on, which I did for most of last year. Simple pleasures are so precious now. I miss my running friends and really hope I can get back to real life events soon although I'm not sure the latest variant of Covid will allow it.

Silly leggings lift my spirits! I need to take a photos of my latest shorts which are far removed from my usual staid navy blue or black. These fireworks leggings are from Tikiboo and I have to admit I'm enjoying them enormously!

The visitors to our garden keep us entertained for hours:

This Sparrowhawk took a break on the birds feed station

This Sparrowhawk took a break on the birds feed station thus scattering the little birds far and wide!

The female ducks are not doing very well on the duckling front so far - they keep building nests in completely inappropriate places and sadly the Magpies steal their eggs.

This duck hid her nest behind some pots but was soon discovered.

The duck below has nested in one of the pots at the front of the house for years. In the past she's managed to raise a brood there a few times but this year she's not been so lucky and each time she laid an egg the Magpies destroyed the nest.

In other news, Shelley and I will be taking part in an exciting trial later this month but I'm not allowed to share the details yet!

Stay safe everyone and treasure every moment.