Thursday, 21 March 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Sherlock, Girl Time and Mud! #R2BC

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As the worst host ever of the linky I am back and still grovelling over lack of commenting! Really need to get a work/life balance... Here are some of my reasons to be cheerful this week:


1) Sherlock

This little dynamo is continuing to grow and show his personality. Hopefully puppy training will start to reap benefits soon!



2) Girl Time

The child I support in school had 2 days off last week which gave me a chance to enjoy a lunch out with my girl. We had fun at Pedro's Casa:


3) Mud, mud, glorious mud

You may have already seen my huge grin from the Cartmel 10km run. Who knew that running in rain, mud and water could be a reason to be cheerful?





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Monday, 18 March 2019

Monday Motivation: Just smile!

I may not be the fastest runner in the world but I may get the prize for the person who looks happiest to be wading through a river after 5 miles of mud, rain, hills and water! ?This was taken by the lovely and talented James Kirby

 

If you check out the video I shared yesterday you will see the reverse angle on this shot! 

Sunday, 17 March 2019

#RMRChallenge Lakeland Trails Cartmel 10 k with inov8

So yesterday the first of the Lakeland Trails races I have challenged myself to took place at Cartmel. Now training has gone really badly due to illness but it didn't stop me turning up! It was a horrible wet day on which several local parkruns were cancelled due to the conditions but my race only had minor diversions.

The whole race start area was very wet and covered in puddles! It was not surprising that the 18km race was reduced to 10km in the conditions. It was going to be an absolute mudfest. My friend and I took full advantage of inov8's offer of testing our their new Roclite 275 running shoes:


We all wrapped well and headed for the start line. Then it was off out around the race course and up onto the trails proper:


It was so wet and boggy and I was very glad of the extra grip from the graphene in my trainers:

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Crumble ,Snow and Piggie #R2BC

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Apologies for not being a good host last week, I was laid low with an awful ear infection. I will catch up on last week's posts today and make sure I visit and share posts this week. Hope you will still join in and share the love by commenting on each other's posts. Here are some of my reasons to be cheerful this week:


1) Yummy Crumble

My son made apple crumble this week. It was the perfect comfort food when I was feeling rubbish:



2) Snow Fun

This week's fell race was cancelled due to dangerous roads in the snow! We managed to make it to the venue in a friend's 4x4 just as they made the decision. So of course we had to make the most of our first decent snow of the winter:



3) Bubble on the mend

After a scary week, with our last surviving guinea pig looking like he had gone blind in one eye, a daily double dose of eye drops and he is almost 100% again. He has regained weight, got his wheak back and is full of beans:



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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Marching On #R2BC

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I'm taking over hosting from Michelle for March. Just sorry for being a bit tardy as I forgot it was my turn... It's short and sweet as I am so late! Here are some of my reasons to be cheerful this week:


1) Race fun

My son was running at Cuerden Valley cross country at the weekend and the river crossing had a lifeguard:


2) Winners

The castle we built at half term won first prize for its historical accuracy:


3) World Book Day fun

My student and I had fun recreating the Marauder's Map for our classroom door:




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Thursday, 28 February 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Mud and Sunshine #R2BC

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How did it get to Thursday already? I'm joining in a bit late with Michelle as life is whizzing by. Here are some of my reasons to be cheerful this week:


1) Petition Started

At the second attempt I've managed to get a petition started to amend the Mental Health Act. At the moment the current one makes no allowances for people with autism so they can be denied treatment. Please sign the petition to help rectify this wrong.


2) Running



Yes running - I actually ran not just once but twice including a mood lifting 6 km out on the old canal:



I do now hope I will be OK for my 10 km race in 2 weeks, although I've now caught another cold....

3) Muddy Fun

The sun shone for the Sedbergh fell race which meant for those landing in the water jump it was more funny than horrendous! It certainly made the spectators smile:




Plenty more muddy moments on my video:


4) Spring Sunshine

Like most of the country I have been loving the unseasonal mini "heatwave". Walking to and from work has been heavenly:





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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Half Term holidays #R2BC

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Its a good job Michelle is hosting this month as I'm forgetting which day of the week it is! We are enjoying our half term break even if its very soggy one. Here are my reasons to be cheerful so far this week:


1) More School Cooking

My son did proper cooking this week and came home with yummy fruit cake:




2) Extended Family

Our trip to Manchester gave us a chance to meet up with my 2nd cousin and his family. I hadn't seen his wife and children for 12 years so it was a chance for the children (who are 3rd cousins) to properly meet.




3) Proud Mum

My son finished 8th in his latest fell race. This is his best finish position yet and he is putting together all that his coaches are teaching him:

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Madeline Linford and the Manchester Guardian

Today I joined several members of my family to travel to Manchester and the John Rylands library. My dad had discovered that my great aunt Madeline Linford was featured in an exhibition about the women who shaped Manchester:


My mum had arranged for us to meet an archivist who would give us access to all the papers referring to Madeline in the library. This meant that 3 generations of us met up at the library:


My great aunt Madeline was chosen because of her groundbreaking career at the Manchester Guardian. She joined the paper in 1913 and in 1922 became the first Editor of the Women’s Page. She started life in the Manchester Guardian not as journalist, but as an assistant in the display advertisement department after which time she became editor W.P. Crozier’s personal assistant. She remained the only woman on the editorial staff until Crozier’s daughter Mary joined in 1930. This video tells why she was a trail blazer for women in journalism:

Friday, 15 February 2019

Mid Lancs League Cross Country at Leigh Sports Village

Our first sporting activity of the weekend was a trip down the M6 and M61 to Leigh in Lancashire so my son could run in the Mid Lancs League cross country. These races are very fast and furious which doesn't really suit him but they make for good race practice and fitness. The first job on arrival is always to walk the course. As there are so many categories there are different lengths of laps and combinations. His course was going to be one medium lap:



Out on the golf course there was plenty of tape to help runners find their way:



Once he had walked the route I headed out onto the course to find suitable spots for videoing each of the 7 races. I tried to find something slightly different for each of them to showcase the route:

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Fruit Salad, Museum, Fell Running and Puppy #R2BC

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Thank you Michelle for hosting this month. I am actually posting on the right day this week but its a close call! With some stressful moments throughout the week its definitely a good idea to look back at the happier moments...


1) School Cooking

My son started his first 6 week block of catering last Friday. He came home with a yummy fruit salad (and still had all his fingers!):



2) Museum Trip

I was on a school trip to the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal. We were told about how hard it was for Victorian children who had to work from a young age. There was a chance to get up close to some artefacts such as this school exercise book from 1856:



3) Fell Running

I sat for several hours on a hillside filming fell running at Barbondale this weekend. Its lovely getting great feedback and spotting the funny moments whilst editing the films:

Friday, 8 February 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Fell Foot, Puppy, Bling and Bubbles #R2BC

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I have handed the reins of host back to Michelle for the month. Just as well as I've been quite poorly so struggling to blog! So I am a day late but I still have some things that have 
made me happy over the last week. 


1) Back to Fell Foot

I've made it back to my home parkrun for the first time this year. It was a truly stunning morning if a very chilly -2C. How could this view not make you smile:




2) Earning his keep

Sherlock is earning his keep by entertaining us all and making us smile and laugh:




3) Bling

I got my first medal for 2019 for completing my Running Resolution Challenge for January. It might have have only been 43 km but its a good start:

Monday, 4 February 2019

#AD Ravensburger What If Puzzle: Lost in Translation

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I am always really pleased to be asked to review Ravensburger jigsaws as they are such great quality and a great challenge. The Lost in Translation puzzle certainly lived up to my expectations:


The thing about these What If puzzles is that the final picture does not match the picture on the box but you have to make educated guesses as to how it has changed. So of course I had to start with the traditional edge piece construction:


The soft click technology means that is really obvious when you have put the right pieces together although finishing it still requires pattern matching and some checking with the box:

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: Running, creating and Puppy Power #R2BC

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Its actually been quite a stressful week up here but we've still managed to find things to make us smile! Hoping that folks have also had reasons to be cheerful that they want to share. Please come on over and share the things that have made you smile this week - no matter how small. 


This is my last week as host for a month as I pass back to Michelle for February. As host I will visit, comment and share all the posts that are in the linky. If you are new to the linky then here are the simple guidelines (we are far too nice to do rules!):


  • Posts must be about things that have made you happy
  • Add the badge code to your post (see end of this post)
  • Add your post to the linkup below
  • Visit the other posts and comment to share the love
  • If you want to then share those posts

So what has made me happy over the last week?

1) Proud Mum

On a very windy and icy day my son tackled his latest fell race on Birkrigg Common which I was filming. Still waiting for the results but he was well ahead of most of his current rivals and looked strong:



2) Being Creative at School

Working out of the main class gives me a chance to be much more creative with topic work. Our settlements geography/history topic has taken a deviation to Ancient Rome so we built the Colosseum out of wine gums and cocktail sticks:



3) Puppy Power

An absolutely adorable Bichon Frise puppy has been added to the family to help my daughter cope with the stresses of life. He is raising plenty of smiles already and is cuteness overload:





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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Reasons to be Cheerful: To Snow or not to Snow #R2BC

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How do Thursdays come around so quick? Its time for the happiest linky around. Please come on over and share the things that have made you smile this week - no matter how small. As host I will visit, comment and share all the posts that are in the linky. If you are new to the linky then here are the simple guidelines (we are far too nice to do rules!):



  • Posts must be about things that have made you happy
  • Add the badge code to your post (see end of this post)
  • Add your post to the linkup below
  • Visit the other posts and comment to share the love
  • If you want to then share those posts

So what has made me happy over the last week?

1) Faster Running

My time at parkrun this week was my fastest 5k for the year. I also went out and did my fastest mile run since 2017! Something is obviously working - although not run much this week...




2) Proud Mum

My son is continuing to enjoy being in the under 15 category for fell running. A friend caught his awesome sprint finish against another friend's daughter this weekend. It showed him that he can run a lot faster:


3) Snowdrops