January

Happy New year to one and all.  Here we are, the first weekend of the new year.  My Christmas Decorations are still up.  I always leave them up until twelfth night, but I don’t put them up as early as some people.  My favourite tip this year regarding the decorations was to hang some reindeer bells on my front door wreath.  That way, the bells ring every time you open the door.  Genius!

New Year, means new calendar.  It’s a teeny weeny one this year, but pretty nonetheless.

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I’ll try and follow the advice …..

I’m going to enjoy my last weekend before going back to work, doing what I’m really good at – relaxing!

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End of half term

I’ve had a lovely week off work.  I’ve done lots of swimming with my swim buddy; I’ve been out to lunch with colleagues; I’ve had coffee , and of course, true to form, I’ve done lots of relaxing.  Very nice.  I sort of wish I had another week, but, I’m a working woman, and I like it that way, so I tell myself that all good things must come to an end.  Never mind, maybe I should spend my last night of the holidays, like this, in front of the fire, watching a DVD I was lent:

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The DVD?  Well, it’s ‘The Quartet’.  I’ll let you know what it was like…..

The Third Peak

Well, it only took a year, but I finally manged it – the third peak.  You can find the story of Peaks one and two here: 

So, it was time for Peak number three, Ingleborough.

We put our best feet forward to start the trek:

Best feet forward

Best feet forward

 Note the new boots.  My old ones  were ten years old, and were really finished, so I was given new ones for my birthday.  I thought I had broken them in….

This was the start of the walk:

The start

The start

…and here is the cave mentioned in the signpost:

Ingleborough cave

Ingleborough cave

It was a beautiful walk.

Trow Gill

Trow Gill

Trow Gill

Trow Gill

Gaping Gill

Gaping Gill

Gaping Gill Lunch spot

Gaping Gill Lunch spot

It's this way.  follow me!

It’s this way. follow me!

Looking back

Looking back

Looking back

Looking back

Little Ingleborough - not too far to go now!

Little Ingleborough – not too far to go now! See? It’s just up there!

Pen-y-Gent from Ingleborough.  Nearly there!

Pen-y-Gent from Ingleborough. Nearly there!

The top!

The top!

It took a long, long, time, but I made it!

Made it!

Made it!

Legs and body fine – feet, well, not so good.  The boots are so comfortable – until you walk up mountains in them!

But, I managed it.  That’s it, the third Peak done.  Have to think of something else for next year….

Holidays!

Yay!  Summer holidays.  Not that I’m going anywhere (well, I’ll be going to Yorkshire, hardly some tropical island, but I love it, I’ll post pictures of the third peak, don’t worry), but I still love the holidays. 

And we’re having a heatwave, but wait a minute, what is this?…

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Haven’t seen those white things for a while.

But they’re not spoiling anything. 

I’ve been sitting in my garden, pretending to be on holiday, which means doing – well – nothing.  That’s what people do on holiday isn’t it?

Having a fantastic time.

Check out the cakes a student gave me:

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Lovely!

Just off to enjoy one while watching the proms (another great summer tradition).

Back soon…..

Summer

Wow.  We really are not used to this in Britain.  But it’s lovely.

Temperature here in Middle England:

Imageand it’s 7 o’clock in the evening!  (Sorry, I’m British, I have to mention the weather)For some of you, this won’t be unusual, but for us – well, it is!

 Want a video?  You know you do:

Days off

My hours have been cut down at work, meaning that I’ve actually had five days off in a row!  Of course, I haven’t done very much, but I did manage to finish reading my book.  Sitting outside for hours on end reading, seems so decadent, but I did enjoy it.  Forgot to take a picture of the book (actually it’s on my Kindle, but still forgot to record the image.) 

I did get a picture of the cup of water, though, (I know, I know, this is riveting stuff!)

Check out the mug, though, bought the first time I went to New York….Image

 Fancy a New York related video?

The late, great Kirsty MacColl.

Half term!

A whole week off – well almost, I’ve got some marking to do and stuff to drop off at the office, (one of these days I will have a holiday without having to go into work) and I’m really looking forward to doing some gardening:

some flowers …

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some vegetables and herbs …

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and lots of these …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m also hoping to do some of this:

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And I have to do some of this:

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I have a novel to finish!  Well, at least I have the cover, so it’s a start I suppose…..

It’s going to be a busy week …