Weekend away

We have just returned from a few days away.

We got Julia to look after the dog.  Julia lives on a farm, looks after her own horses and stables others right in the middle of a forest, where the dogs have free roaming around the farm and stables.

On Thursday we travelled up to Bath and hit the shops and walked around town.

Pete bought a pair of Lee Jeans & T-shirt and I bought some shoes.  These may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I love the colour.  They are actually children’s shoes but Ecco often do children’s shoes up to size 7 – yippee, which means they are cheaper than adult shoes.  (I also think that they are VAT free)Ecco Shoes

I also visited the Bath wool shop and met two lovely ladies and their dog.  Fantastic range of wools, some unusual and lots of small knitted things for sale hidden in and around the shop.  Of course, I invested in some wool that I don’t sell in my shop.

Bath Wool Shop
Picture from Bath Wool Shop Website

I bought some Rico Poems (4ply sock wool) and some Adriafil Knitcol Trends (DK/Aran), no plans as yet but they’ll keep the stash topped up.

Adriafil Rico Poems

For dinner we went to a new Spanish Tapas restaurant La Perla.  Their food was marvellous, a modern take on tapas.

Friday we went to Whitstable driving through some awful rain storms.  We ran along the prom, went to a Junk/Collectables shop and went  for a pub restaurant meal.

Saturday we went to Canewdon, Essex to see some old friends and stayed overnight with them returning Sunday afternoon.

We picked the dog up Monday morning and of course he is ignoring us and sulking.

Running update

I am progressing with my running!!

After I finished my running course I could run 3.05m/5K in 45.30 mins I can now run it in 43.44 which is an improvement and I hope in time to get a lot faster.

We went to Whitstable for a night over the weekend.

The weather had been atrocious but the sun finally came out so we went for a run along Whitstable promenade from the harbour towards Herne Bay and back.  On Saturday morning my partner took part in the Whitstable Park Run.  The weather was pretty windy and wild but he managed a good time.

Running – a new adventure

One of my new years resolutions was to get a bit fitter and lose some weight as I’m getting to that point in life when these things become important.


The local running club The Purbeck Runners announced just before Christmas last year a  BEGINNERS RUNNING COURSE where they would take people from not running to be able to run 30 minutes / 5 kilometers (3.? miles) in 10 weeks.  The Name the Purbeck Runners comes from the area we live in – The Isle of Purbeck also know as the part of the Jurassic Coast in the south of England

Any way not being a sporty person with very little willpower or competitiveness…….. I decided to have a go.  This week was the final week of the course.  It has been tough but not so tough you give up.

We planned to finish our 10 weeks with a 30 minute run without any stops, in fact we ended up a long way from the start point so we ran back and clocked up 47 minutes of non-stop running.

We all got certificates and pats on the back.  I must say that the Purbeck runners involved in this have been so very supportive each week to all of us and have helped us so much.  (Thank you all if you read this)

So today I filled out my running club application form and posted it off.  I also have done another 47 min run.  I plan to run about 50 minutes until I get faster, as it takes me about 45 mins to do the 5km – the goal really is 5km/30 mins  for each run

I’m not particularly fast compared to most runners but at least I’m giving it a go.

Oh.. by the way I have lost exactly 7 lbs in weight ( long may it continue) without changing my diet

Running graduation

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