Hello everybody, I have a few minutes before H arrives with her 11 week old baby, so then will be busy doing grandmotherly things.
Red - that sounds like a challenge, which you met with your usual aplomb. Good luck for Sunday. I am sending you a hug in case you need one.
Columba - my grandmother taught me how to make Christmas cakes. When the mixture is in the tin you have to drop it to the ground (right way up ofcourse!) in order to properly distribute the fruit. And you do indeed do the knitting needle thing periodically to feed your cake with brandy. I no longer make my own cake because I am the only person in my entire family who likes Christmas cake. Consequently I eat the entire cake all by myself . It just calls to me from the cupboard every time I pass.
Your running all sounds as if it is going fine. I am sticking to 3 or 4 trots a week but feel a right wimp compared to you lot. Still, the weather hasn't stopped me, so I can pat myself on the back for that!
We have been watching The Bridge and it is absolutely great. The subtitles don't detract at all.
Red, thank goodness you are feeling better. Take care of yourself - the prospect of running a marathon after such a nasty virus is very daunting.
TE - Amazing as usual. Even without the wings. I salute you.
I have been very busy the last few days with family things but have managed to do my runs as planned and make it to my various classes. I am going to stick to the 3:5 miles four times a week for now because I do feel quite tired while running them. Hope it gets a bit easier soon.
BIW - I am aching all over and it's not because of running! I exercise Denzel every day with swimming and running and he is extremely fit. But I cannot make him walk on a lead. On Sunday I took him for a 5 mile walk and he pulled the entire time. He is so strong. It took all my strength to manage him. Have you any ideas?
Mr Matsmum has gone for a snooze, so I have a few minutes to catch up!
Red - Nuisance about your breathing, just when you feel as if you have a lot to say. But as for slowing down ....Never! I can't imagine you doing that. The only thing worse than committee meetings are those arranged by social workers. I have a lot of admiration for social workers, who are invariably lovely and overworked people. They do have one major disadvantage, however - they all voice their differing opinions and then simply cannot make decisions.
WtnMel - 10 mile runs are at present but a distant dream for me.
HS - Lol about shopping with daughters. I can imagine your frustration at spending an hour at the perfumerie! My daughter sees something she really likes and then, instead of buying it, she has it PUT ASIDE!! We then visit more shops to see if there is something she likes more. Then we go back to the first shop and buy her initial choice! But her company is worth it. I laughed about the wings. Yes, you might take off in high wind, so sensible decision not to wear them on Sunday.
Abigail won't get to us until tomorrow teatime. I made a mistake about that.
I did the run and took my garmin this time. It is actually 3:5 miles, so I am feeling virtuous.
Good morning. Exhausted - the reason that route tires you out is because of the shopping beforehand! I went to the city with daughter L yesterday and felt as if I had run 10 miles by the time she had made all her purchases.
Red - I sit down and congratulate myself after 4:5 miles. How you can dig heavy clay for hours afterwards amazes me. Well done.
HS -That sounds like a good session. It is really warm here too. Although Abigail will be coming our way tonight I think.
BIW - Took Denzel for his check up yesterday and the vet pronounced him "A fine, fit dog" But he eats anything he can get his paws on and I have to be extremely careful. Yesterday he stole the butter that my son had left too near the edge of the counter and he wolfed it down wrapper and all. Conkers might be risky. Poor Shani. And poor you, that is a dreadful thing to watch.