A little London adventure – first published 8 September 2013

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The morning of Saturday 8 September 2013 found Commando and I setting off for a little London adventure on the train. Normally a London trip means the West End, shopping or museum visiting, unless it’s a Moonwalk extravaganza but this time we were off to unchartered waters, Greenwich, for Commando’s Run to the Beat half marathon. Continue reading A little London adventure – first published 8 September 2013

back on board – first published 29 August 2012

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Back in 2013 a grumble running through my life was that mornings would be so much better if they started later. The morning of 29 August was no exception, in fact that particular morning started in what felt like the middle of the night. Getting up in summer when it’s still dark is never a great beginning to any day I find, especially if this precedes a dash to get ready in double quick time and a day of flitting around like a hyperactive butterfly. It was time for the last ship visit of the summer. Little did I know, this would be my last ever time on board. Within a few short months the ship, the entertainers, my wonderful colleagues and even Arabella would seem like a beautiful dream. Continue reading back on board – first published 29 August 2012

locked out – first published 25 August 2013

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August 2013 was coming to a close and, while Commando ran off into the drizzly rain for his second eighteen miles I spent a lazy morning messing about in the garden planting seeds. It had the makings of an idyllic and relaxed day but, as usual, things didn’t go as planned… Continue reading locked out – first published 25 August 2013

Cows, or are they Bulls? – first published 18 August 2013

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My mid August New Forest walk was turning into a nightmare. Not only was I hot, hungry and thirsty, now I was worried about Commando. He’d sounded so down when he called me and knowing he was almost out of water and lost too made it worse. In truth, neither of us were far from civilisation and would be unlikely to die of hunger and thirst but it did go to show how easy it is to get into trouble out in the forest when you’re not properly prepared. Continue reading Cows, or are they Bulls? – first published 18 August 2013

hungry, thirsty, lost and worried- first published 18 August 2013

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While Commando was running his eighteen miles to train for his first marathon I’d walked across White Moor, skirted Matley Woods, negotiated a muddy field and was heading for the shelter of the trees. As usual, I was lost and there were two choices of path. Why does that always happen? Continue reading hungry, thirsty, lost and worried- first published 18 August 2013

Loneliness of the long distance runner – first published 18 August 2013

Commando on a Parkrun
Commando on a Parkrun

Commando was training for his first marathon. His first Sunday morning run of August was fifteen miles, his longest ever. He ended up, hot but otherwise unscathed from his long, long run. He did say his calves were a little achy so I added peppermint oil to some of my body butter and gave them a massage which he said did the trick. He could have just been trying to make me feel better though. Either way I was very proud of him. The next run was eighteen miles. Continue reading Loneliness of the long distance runner – first published 18 August 2013

back to the heather – first published 11 August 2013

 

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This is the last part of the story of my Summer Sunday New Forest walk. Somehow I’d managed to end up at the campsite despite my efforts to avoid it and the heat and mugginess had me a bit concerned about Commando on his fifteen mile run. Continue reading back to the heather – first published 11 August 2013

out of the heather and into the woods – first published 11 August 2013

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My Summer Sunday walk had led me to the edge of Matley Woods and the campsite.  Rather than walking through the busy campsite I decided to take a path through the heather, not knowing where it would lead. The going got rather tough, dense gorse and a steep slope with very little sign of the path. Things did not look good and I thought I might have to turn back. Continue reading out of the heather and into the woods – first published 11 August 2013

walking through the heather – first published 11 August 2013

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On 11 August 2013, Commando decided to do his fifteen mile marathon training run in the New Forest and I went along for moral support and to have a little walk of my own. We set off earlyish. It was raining which was good news for Commando because he likes running in the rain, not so much for me. Still I had my bright pink Moonwalk hat and my windproof, waterproof coat and I figured at least it wouldn’t be muddy and flooded like my last New Forest walk. Continue reading walking through the heather – first published 11 August 2013

The final park rhinos – first published 10 August 2013

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There was one park left and three more rhinos to find before I went home. These were the Andrews Park rhinos. Also known as East Park, this park has the highest concentration of trees, shrubs and plants of all the city parks and, when I worked at Dream Factory, I used to love walking through the wonderful wisteria pergola every morning, wondering at the beauty and the way the under planting changed with the seasons. Continue reading The final park rhinos – first published 10 August 2013