April

Oops – a little late, but better late than never.  Calendar picture for April:

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No April showers this week though.  Here is a tiny little cute avenue of trees in bloom that I wandered past on my way to swimming the other morning:

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Right in the middle of a built up area.  A bit of a gem.  The photos don’t do it justice, and I know it’s hardly beautiful countryside, but it is a delight to stumble across, through a tiny little alley-way at the back of the shopping centre.

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I am grateful for this.  It’s the small things. 

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Swimathon

I did the Swimathon.  For the second time.  That may not be a huge thing for most people, but for me it was actually quite massive.  I hide it a lot, especially from my swim buddy, but I fight the panic when I’m swimming.  Why do I panic?  I have no idea.  But it’s not good.  I’m facing my fear, and it’s getting easier, but anyone who panics will know that it is a very unpleasant experience.  I didn’t really want to do the swimathon again, as I hated it the first time, but my swim buddy really wanted to, so I agreed to do it with her.  I am so glad that I did.

I really feel like I achieved something, swimming 100 lengths in an hour and 35 minutes.  I only panicked near the end when I got cramp in both my calves.  But I kept going, and managed the challenge. 

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Not only did I do it, but I also raised £105 for Sport Relief.  I never asked anyone for money, as I find that uncomfortable, but as soon as people heard what I was doing, they found my webpage and donated.  Thank you so much to those people who had faith in me.  I felt really good that I was part of it. 

For Mother’s Day, I have been promised some 1:1 swimming lessons.  I really hope that is going to help me turn a corner…..

February 2

Only two posts in February? Well, it is the shortest month after all.  We’ve just had half term, which was lovely.  I spent lots of time watching the Winter Olympics, and really enjoyed a lot of the events.  Highlights were definitely the curling and the snowboarding.  I also did a little exercise myself, and went swimming three times with my swim buddy.  I’m fairly sure I’ve agreed to do the swimathon with her this year – eek.  I did it a couple of years ago;Image

and hated every minute of it, swearing I’d never do it again, (the pool was too crowded, there was no atmosphere, it was badly organised….) but, well, my swim buddy really wanted to do it, so ……. you have to help out your friends, don’t you?

To counteract the terrifying thought of the shark infested swimathon, I received something rather jolly in the post this morning, from my lovely first-born:

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a champagne themed tea towel.  It’s another mantra I would happily live by.

December

Here we are again – December!  I need to stat looking around for a new calendar.  December picture:Image

I love the little birds in this image.

I’ve been really busy in the past month.  I got my novel finished.  Maybe, one day, it will get published, who knows?  I made my secret Santa, for my swimming buddy at work:

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Turned out better than I thought, seeing as I’m not really a knitter.  It was really good fun to do, though, and my swim buddy liked it.  I thought that I would be able to relax this weekend, take it easy, eat chocolate, drink wine, but NO, not to be…….

We’ve got the dreaded ‘O’ word next week.  New mantra ‘Deep breaths now, and get plenty of swimming in to destress.’

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…..

Not an awful lot to report, but I’ll do it anyway

Work has taken over, as it invariably does.  I’m very fortunate that I love my work.  I’m also fortunate that I love the simple things in life; music, reading, eating, being with family or close friends.  I don’t demand a lot. 

I’m happy that I have found a swimming buddy; we encourage each other to go swimming twice a week after work.  I would find that difficult if I was on my own.

This pleased me today also – the smell of the washing when I brought it in to air on the radiator – heavenly!

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Books are my bag

Last swimming session at the open air pool today.  A sad occasion; I now have to go to an indoor pool.  I’m not a good swimmer, and the main reason I prefer the open air pool is its size.  It is vast, so there is plenty of room.  It’s also a much nicer experience, of course, swimming outside.  Oh well, I’ll soon get used to the indoor one, I guess.

To cheer myself up, I took a little walk to my local bookshop – possibly the best bookshop in the world

Today is the start of the ‘books are my bag’ promotion, which means you get a free bag when you buy a book from a bookshop.

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It’s not small, either, I’ll be able to get lots of books in this……

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