Last Night of the Proms

I’m always a teeny weeny bit sad when it comes to the Last Night of the Proms, and this year I was probably sadder, as the TV coverage has been amazing.  Three concerts weekly, plus a highlights programme.  Bliss.

However, all good things must come to an end, and the Last Night was spectacular.  I had tears in my eyes when Joyce DiDonato sang ‘Danny Boy’, as it always reminds me of my dad.  I remember when a colleague at work left, I whistled a rendition of Danny Boy for her, no-one except me really knew why (although her boyfriend is called Dan, so there was a sort of connection there, and she was always whistling at work).  There wasn’t a dry eye there at that time, either, although I suspect for different reasons.

Anyway, it’s all over now, until next year.

Well done the BBC – another winner!  (quote from Monty Python, I believe)

Next weekend, another sad end – the open air pool will close!  Oh no, summer’s coming to an end…..

I need cheering up …..

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First open air swim

The pool was open, bright and early, just like they said it would be.  So far, so good.  I walked there at about eight o’clock, (I’m so lucky to have this facility on my doorstep) and booked in.  I was nervous, I’m not very good at swimming, and am actually frightened of the water, something which I am gradually overcoming, but the good news is that, in that HUGE (Olympic sized pool) there were only five swimmers!

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Five swimmers and two of these:

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My idea of heaven-in-a-swimming pool …

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The outdoor pool is now open!  (Fingers crossed that it will stay open, on past form, the pool usually closes after a week or so,and then opens again, and then closes again, and so on, until September.)  So, I’m intending to go to early birds tomorrow, all being well.  The only thing is, that it has rained all day today, and it has been freezing cold.  The pool is lovely and warm, but the walk from the changing rooms is not.  The worse bit is the cold on your feet, as you can wrap yourself up in your towel to keep your body warm until you get in the warm water. 

So, I have found these:

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£4.99 from SportsDirect – a bargain.  Warm feet tomorrow, hopefully.

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 …

Triathlon

No, not me, silly, I just went there to watch, that’s all.  It was nothing to do with the men in Lycra, I assure you, more to do with the summer opening of the open air pool.  I love our open air pool; it has helped a lot with my nervous swimming, mostly because it is so big, and they don’t let children in at the same time as adults, so I have plenty of room to panic perfect my stroke.  The pool was glorious:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was the perfect day for a swim.  The pool apparently wasn’t heated, and swimmers were advised to wear wetsuits, but not many of them did.  These Triathletes are hardy souls. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut they did seem to enjoy every minute of it.  They were queuing up to get in.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand gave it their all once they were in the water

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAeven though they must have realised what was to come:

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And after the bikes, you’ve guessed it – a run!  They were amazing – people of all ages and sizes competing and having fun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know what you’re thinking.  Am I doing it next year?  Well, I did think about it, but well, no thanks.  I’ll watch from the sidelines, thank you very much.