Friday, 24 June 2016

#FitnessFriday A mixed bag

Well my lack of running over recent weeks (due to weekends away and work) really showed when I ran the 10 k Race for Life on Sunday (full post). It was hot and even though my legs were willing my body wasn't and my 9 year old beat me by 21 minutes with a time of 53 minutes!! Wish I had his boundless energy - although he is still recovering bless him.


On Wednesday I was working at a school where the class do a daily mile by walking or running for 15 minutes around the playground. Having discovered this on a previous visit I remembered to wear a sports bra and take my running shoes... I was the only person who ran for the whole 15 minutes although two boys sprinted a lot of it and walked the rest. Such a great idea to give children a brain break and to help their fitness.

In the evening it was my son's fell running training night up on the Helm:


As an adult helper I don't run as much as the children but we do have to do some quite steep bits to get to where they are doing their training! My favourite bit is the run back down to the road:



This morning I just had to get out and run following the election result! It was just my mile route that I hadn't run since January but it meant I could go for the speed rather than go steady.. Have to say it was tough going and I wasn't anywhere near the pace I managed in mid October but it was a sub 10 minute mile which hasn't happened for a long time:



Think I was pleased with myself:


Tomorrow is my first parkrun April (I am shocked its been that long!) so lets see how I go over 5k as we celebrate a belated Christmas event! 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Reasons to be Cheerful: Caterpillars, Roses and Odd Socks #R2BC

Reasons to be Cheerful

It was great to read so many happy posts again and welcome some new linkers, hopefully some regulars will be back this week if their lives aren't so crazy! Here are my reasons this week:

1) Garden Surprises

Whilst weeding the garden I discovered that we had lots of Cinnabar moth caterpillars on the ragwort. Of course this means I daren't remove all of this invasive and poisonous plant but the moths are worth saving:


2) Roses

These are one of my favourite flowers and at the moment they are just looking stunning everywhere. This is one that belongs to a neighbour:



Sunday, 19 June 2016

#CountryKids Preston Race For Life 10k

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Today I drove down to Preston so that my son and I could take part in the Race for Life 10k event - as children aren't supposed to run over 5k too often it was an opportunity for him to test out his stamina!

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My daughter brought her friend along to keep her company and assist in taking photos of the event in Avenham Park. We knew we were in the right place when we spotted all the pink:



Our arrival was timed to perfection as there weren't huge queues for the portaloos so we were very quickly ready to go:



Friday, 17 June 2016

#CountryKids Single with Kids camp at Stourport on Severn

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
Last weekend we took a drive of over 3 hours on the Friday night to Stourport on Severn for another camping weekend with Single with Kids. In the rain it took us a while to pitch everything but by 9:45 we were all set up:


We were then able to go over to the party tent for company and marshmallows around the fire:


There was a campsite noise curfew after 11 PM but the children were able to still have fun with glow sticks:

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Reasons to be Cheerful: Fun with Friends #R2BC

Reasons to be Cheerful

Thank you everyone who joined in last week even though it was still the school holidays for some of you. I am looking forward to reading and sharing more posts again. Here are my reasons this week:

1) Fabulous weekend away

We had another weekend of camping with Single With Kids this time in Stourport on Severn:


It was great to catch up with friends from previous camps and make new ones. We all had an amazing if tiring weekend (full post to come...)!

2) Shiny Sink

I spent a whole day working on clearing clutter from my kitchen and making it a much more pleasant and presentable place to be:



I also removed lots of stuff from the lounge/dining room so that it was company ready (so much so my daughter did a double take when she came home and asked whose house it was):



3) On Camera

The above was all because we were going to be filmed for part of a TV programme about dog fouling due to her eye being damaged by the parasites found in dog & fox poo. Having a cameraman in your home really makes you hope that you haven't left anything embarrassing on view! This was part of the shoot in our local playground:



Apparently we took a lot less takes than other folks who have been filmed, must be our previous experience from 4 years ago for Canadian TV.

4) Proud Mum

I am really proud of how my daughter coped with the filming and how well she spoke about her eye and why people should scoop the poop. Here she is recreating an old photograph that was used in the filming this week:


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