Thursday, 17 August 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful: Friends and Home #R2BC

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It's Thursday so it is time to celebrate our reasons to be cheerful! I have now recovered from a fun but tiring week co-ordinating a Single with Kids holiday in Pembrokeshire and have had plenty of reasons to smile as we are now midway through our summer holidays. Here are a few of them:

1) Old friends

We managed to come back from Pembrokeshire via Buckinghamshire to spend time with my High School friends and their families. Great to catch up in good company and in good weather! We have been friends since 1983 and spending time together is still fantastic:


2) Back to Kendal

As much as I loved Pembrokeshire I did miss Kendal so its great to be back with more time to soak up our local sights. This is Stramongate Bridge one of several old bridges across the River Kent:

Stramongate Bridge

3) Kindness & Support

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

#CountryKids in Tramore, Ireland

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My son had been keen to leave Waterford as he had seen a leaflet about Pirates' Adventure and he was keen to try out the fun. First up was adventure golf which was partially glow in the dark:


Then he challenged me to a kid friendly game of 10 pin bowling:


Luckily for him there was another boy on the pirate ship climbing and soft play and he had lots of fun playing hide and seek with him. Then it was on to the bumper motorbikes:

Monday, 14 August 2017

#CountryKids Dunmore Cave

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After the fun of Foot Golf it was Gramp's turn to choose an activity and he opted for Dunmore Cave which wasn't too far away. Its almost a tradition now to visit an underground attraction on our holidays! After a video introduction we descended into the cave following our guide:



It looked rather creepy as we were about to go in especially after hearing the story of a massacre of women and children in the cave by Vikings in 928 AD:




Once we had reached the bottom of the main steps we could still see the daylight reassuringly at the top:


#CountryKids in Waterford

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A change of scenery with a drive down to Waterford which is the oldest city in Ireland and the only one still bearing a Viking name. We parked on the waterfront and then walked down to Reginald's Tower, this is a medieval structure built on top of a Viking one:



Each floor of the tower had an exhibition about a different aspect of its history from Vikings to Medieval to a Georgian prison. It still very much felt medieval with the low arched doorways:


There were peep holes to act like a scary Viking through too:

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful: Families and Friends #R2BC

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In a change from my usual reasons to be cheerful I am not having a photographic one! With it being the summer holidays its time for a change and keeping it short & sweet. So here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Family

I am so glad that being off school gives me plenty of time to spend with my family. During the school year things rush by and its hard to show them how much you appreciate them. Its been good to have time with my nearest and dearest and hope that there is more to come as the summer holidays go on.

2) Friends

The holidays are a great time to spend time with friends whether they are local or from far away. I have enjoyed getting to know other adults on my estate too. My son has been spending more time with the children on the estate and with his best friend from school. Let's hope this a step to deeper friendships.

3) Home sorting

I have made major inroads on sorting out the house whilst not having the inconvenience of work! So hopefully now I have a home that I am able to have folks round to more often which will make me smile even more.

Please join in and share your happy posts. 

Reasons to be Cheerful: All Sorts #R2BC

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This is the kind of week that reasons to be cheerful is made for when lots of things have gone wrong so you need to focus on the positives to lift your spirits! So its good to be back hosting the linky so I can post these reasons to be cheerful:

1) Pokemon Go Raiding

Thanks to a chance conversation in a shop we joined in with 2 group raids capturing our first legendary Pokemon! Looks like this will keep us out of mischief for a while:


2) House Sorting

I am enjoying having time to catch up on housework and get the house better organised. Quite a bit of decluttering and I am selling some now redundant bits of furniture. Hopefully end up before September with a house I can be a lot more proud of:



3) Orchid

This beautiful orchid was a leaving present from school and its looking gorgeous on my window sill:

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

#CountryKids Kilkenny Foot Golf

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The thing my son was most looking forward to about our trip was the chance for another round of Foot Golf! He even packed his new football boots to give him a better chance against me and took his own football... did he beat me after all of that...



This time we went to Pococke Golf club where there was a choice of regular golf, foot golf or even rugby golf! Of course there was only one option for him so we paid up and kicked off:



With all the combinations of games there were plenty of signs to keep us going on the correct greens:



Each hole had its own par ranging from 3-5 and a football sized hole to score into:

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Exploring Kilkenny

For our first full day in Ireland we didn't fancy going too far after travelling the whole day before. So we drove the short distance to Kilkenny to explore what the city has on offer. The first thing we spotted was our very own bar (but we didn't go in!):


The one thing Kilkenny isn't short off are pubs and bars! We wandered down to the River Nore with its colourful buildings:


Luckily for us there was space on the terrace for a late lunch with a view of Kilkenny Castle:

Monday, 31 July 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful: Irish Eyes are Smiling #R2BC

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A late arrival for the linky as we have been on holiday and this is my first chance to use my laptop since I got back! Obviously my reasons are all holiday based and here are the smiles from Ireland:

1) Crossing the Sea


I was away with my two top men my son and my dad. We enjoyed our ferry ride across the Irish Sea from Holyhead and then a drive down to Knocktopher near Kilkenny.

2) Holiday challenges


My son and I climbed up steep ladders to reach the top of the 900 year old St Canice's tower in Kilkenny. Well worth it for the view even when you are scared of heights:


3) Running

I managed to find a lovely (if hilly) route to run in a wood to keep up the exercise. It was a hot one but it put a smile on my face:


4) Smile!

How could this not put a smile on your face when you are given your coffee:


Hope you are smiling this week too!


Friday, 21 July 2017

Holiday hit list

Well school is out for summer so its freedom until September 4th! For that reason I thought I would draw up a holiday hit list of things I want to do or need to do before the schools go back...

1) Family fun

I want to enjoy time with my family when we have no time pressure on us. Whether its a break away from home or days out in the Lakes this has to be top priority!

2) Fitness

The last half term has seen my health & fitness take a back seat to my challenge is to:

a) get back to running 4 times a week and increase to half marathon distance
b) lose a stone as I have gained some of what I had lost...

3) Home

A year of me teaching full time has meant a house going backwards and it becoming disorganised so I have a few hits to do at home:

a) sort out my bedroom so that all my teaching stuff has a home yet I have a place to relax
b) sort out kitchen so that I make best use of the storage and its easy to maintain
c) with my son get his room into a proper tween room so that he has his own space too
d) get the lounge back into proper usage instead of a bit of everything and chaotic!
e) rescue the garden and make it a better place to chill

4) Blogging

I have neglected this blog whilst working full time so I need to revive it and get it back to where it was...

Watch this space!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful: Schools Out For Summer #R2BC

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We have had a pretty rubbish last half term as a family so I am so glad to be coming up for air now that the school holidays are here! Coming to the end of my NQT year made the light at the end of the tunnel turn back on... Here are my end of school year reasons to be cheerful:

1) Run on Scout Scar

My son and I joined his club for an extra training run up Scout Scar. It may have been drizzly but we had a lot of fun on a hilly run in a beautiful spot:


2) Blooming lovely

My roses are really coming into their own now and looking glorious:


3) Family Fun

Friday, 23 June 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful: Proud Mum and Running #R2BC


So little time to post this week that I am combining my normal two posts into one! Therefore a few of my reasons to be cheerful are fitness related...

1) Out Run May on track

My charity challenge for Macmillan Cancer care to run 80 miles this month is well on track and I am relishing trying different routes and mixing up my distances from 1 mile to 10 km in a run. Running on evenings like this are a tonic for the soul:


2) Speeding up

The regular running is speeding me up too. Last weekend was my fastest 5k and Parkrun for 2 years. An extra bonus was this awesome finish photo:


3) Proud Mum #1

We all ran our local colour run in aid of the local hospice on Sunday. Not often all 3 of us lace up our trainers:


If you fancy sponsoring us on this one here is the link: St John's Hospice

Reasons to be cheerful Flaming June #R2BC


This has been one of those months when focusing on the small positives has provided light at the end of the tunnel! Being able to smile and laugh when things aren't going well means that it's not all doom and gloom. So here are the things that have kept me sane this week:

1) Splat

You can't help but smile when your child gets a face full of cream when playing a silly game (he laughed when I got hit too!):


2) Super long run

I braved the heat to achieve my longest run for over a year with 7.5 miles through beautiful countryside:



3) Proud mum #1

My son did a fell race on that hot day and tried his very best:



He also had sports' day and helped his house to their first victory in 13 years! 


Friday, 9 June 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful: Galloping! #R2BC


A day late thanks to the General Election and in order to remain cheerful I won't talk about the results! Here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) On the bus

Not having a car gave us an excuse to travel on the bus to our races at Grasmere this weekend.  You get the most amazing views from the top of the 555 on a clear and sunny day:


It was even more fun taking the open top bus back for part of the route:




2) Grasmere Gallop

This was my son's 4th go at the 5.7 km fun run at the Gallop and he was only 5 seconds off his PB: 



I had braved the main 10 km race for the first time and boy was it tough. So I was very pleased to complete it in 1 hour and 14 minutes: 



We were very pleased with ourselves:


3) New School

My daughter has moved to a new school and she seems really happy there so far. She is now at a secondary school that is smaller than her brother's primary school! Just hoping she keeps enjoying it and continues to do well.


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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful: Half term fun #R2BC


Sorry I have been AWOL for most of May. It was a tough month at work and we have been so busy I haven't had a chance to post! Hopefully this bunch of cheer will make up for it...

1) Running in the Howgills

A lovely evening running with my son's junior group up into the Howgills followed by a picnic in the park:


2) Swimming in Windermere

After a very hot parkrun it was bliss to take a dip in the rather chilly waters of Windermere:




3) Slimming down

I am looking so much slimmer than at the start of the year and feeling fabulous:



3) Charity football tournament


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful in the Merry Month of May #R2BC


In case you haven't noticed I have handed the reins back to Michelle for the month! Hopefully there will be lots of back sharing the happiness now Easter is over... Here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Holiday Homework

My son had one of those homeworks over Easter that requires adult assistance! Turned out it was not only myself but another teacher buddy who got his football stadium going. I then had to turn it into the Ghanian National Football stadium complete with shades for the stands:


2) Seven blipping years

My Blipfoto journal hit the 7 year mark this week which I am extremely proud of! Just a shame I didn't have a chance to celebrate with anything more exciting than our pebble collection:


3) Car Booting

I did back to back car boots this weekend which netted a decent amount of takings and reduced our surplus. These Barbie beauties were left over so I will donate them to my class doll's box as there are never enough to go round!