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what goes up…….

So i decided to challenge myself earlier in the year. Climb Ben Nevis, ambitious i know. then disaster, I  partially tore my achilles tendon junction late in 2015.

still i was determined to get fitter and do it.

so off i set with some of my guy pals to camp and climb.

we stayed at Glen Nevis campsite Friday – Monday, giving ourselves 2 full days incase the weather was dodgy.

you really can experience 4 seasons in one day. We decided to head up on the Saturday as that had the best forecast. and boy were we right. the weather was glorious and the views were breathtaking.

now we didn’t exactly rough it we had electric hook up and took a slow cooker and George Foreman grill, but hey its 2016.

we also took the opportunity to visit the local town of Fort William while we were there. Not so much to write home about but was nice enough to visit, and partake in a bit of bowling!

Sadly i didn’t make it to the top, my friends did however so thanks to them for the pictures from there.

My plan is to get my leg 100% better and try again next year!

but hey i had a super weekend so no complaint here!

just for reference here is the mountain the day after we went up……. oh wait its hidden behind that low cloud!!

 

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Haddon Hall – Country Living

Now i am  little nerdy, not a bad thing but something i fully acknowledge.

So when i was away for the weekend recently i took the opportunity to visit Haddon Hall.

Nestled away in beautiful Derbyshire Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again made it habitable.

Avoiding fire; warfare; family misfortune and changing fashions, little has changed over recent centuries and Haddon provides a unique view of early English life and history.

 

the views from the garden were quite breathtaking, as you can see.

now if only i could win the Lotto and buy myself a little slice of Country Living

 

Y Not?

Before you berate me for the terrible grammar/ spelling I am talking about the Y Not? Festival 2016.

Now i have to admit i hadn’t heard of this festival before a friend very kindly asked me to accompany them for the weekend, and i wasn’t disappointed

Now the line up was pretty similar to that of Kendal Calling, with headliners being Editors, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Maddness, The Hives, Blossoms, etc. some pretty big bands I’m sure you agree. And how could I forget The Lancashire Hotpots

But as always some of the less well know bands on earlier on the main stages and smaller stages managed to catch my attention. Those of note for me were Circa Waves, Eliza and the Bear, Coasts and most of the Country and Western ones in the Saloon Bar.

 

Essentials

  • Tent – erm kind of a given
  • Sleeping bag (s) – double for nighttime warmth
  • Pillows – coz, well i like some comfort
  • Food/ Drinks – Free dried pastas and bottled water and of course the obligatory cider is a must for me!
  • Lanyard – i mean not only do you look super cool but also you can plan your stages
  • Sanitiser – if i need to explain why then we can’t be friends!
  • Head torch – ( see picture) – just for fun and hey see how awesome i look!

 

this is definitely one of the festival line ups i will be checking out next year

 

 

 

A stitch in time

another weekend another new thing to try. This time dress making. And yes this was another Groupon deal I bought. I’m sure in single handedly keeping  that site going!

There is a resurgence for all things vintage, and up cycled at the moment and making your own clothes fits right in there. 

So I heading of to Dolly’s haberdashery and sewing school to join in with the picnic dress making session. The school is based in the centre of Warrington and has easy parking options. 

I had already selected my fabric and submitted my dress size, all that was left to do was turn up and let the creativity flow. 

The place is amazing a real treasure trove of fabric and odds and ends

   
    
   
The teacher Linsey is so helpful and enthusiastic that you can’t help but have fun and the end result was……….. Well see for yourself 

   
    
 
So what can I make next?

A night of (snow)boardom

Some of you may remember my  post a few weeks ago about my ski experience. Well I returned  last night to try my hand at snowboarding. 

This was way harder then it looks and much harder then the ski lesson.  

However the pusher in me loved the challenge. We were lucky and were the only 2 booked in this session so pretty much had a private lesson. 

Once kitted we headed to the slope to run through the basics of board control. 

We spent the session mastering how to use the edge of the board and our heels to control our speed down hill. 

Unlike the ski session we ended up at the top of the beginner slope trying to get down. 

I must admit I was pretty nervous and didn’t let go of the instructors hand, but I had a blast

So 1 hour, 50 mins and 5 spectacular falls later I think I know which discipline I want to carry on with 
  
Now is a great time to check out  Chill factore as they have some great offers on. 

Try something new

So at the beginning of the year I set myself a little challenge to try something new at least once a month.
And this weekend I tried trampolining.
Another bargain I found through the power of Groupon.
So of I headed on Friday night to Velocity,a new trampoline venue in Widnes.
After being ran through the safety rules and given our free socks we headed out.

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The venue has 2 basketball areas to jump and slam dunk, a foam pit to bounce into,
As I so competently demonstrate below

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There are also 2 smaller trampoline areas and one larger area where you may wish to attempt a somersault, I sadly did not!

I had such a great time and thoroughly recommend giving it a go

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Already planning my next venture but am open to suggestions

Slope days

So im a fan of Groupon, I have bought a few things from there over the years, mostly spa days…….. ok ok I’ve only ever bought spa days!
However a few weeks ago I purchased an offer for beginners ski lesson at Chill Factore .
It’s something I’ve been wanting to try for a while and here it was, with around 60% discount!  Such a bargain

I had a blast, an icy blast but a blast nonetheless. Once kitted out the instructor Nikki,  took my little group of to the nursery slope for our intro to ski. The session last about 1 hour and 50, we covered safety, how to put on/ take of the ski, posture,  balance and then up the slope we went. 
I managed to master parallel leg gliding and also the plough and plough with turn.

I fell, twice, but hey lost my ski virginity so it’s all good.

After the lesson I  was handed my record card and told that I’d passed level 1 and could progress to level 2!!

Before I commit to more lessons I’ve booked a beginners snow board class to see which I prefer.

I can’t wait to see if it’s something  new for me to pursue

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They say a picture paints 1000 words…..

As some of you may know I am following blogging 101 daily assignments and today while updating my About page I was reminded how awkward I always find it to write about who I am? I’m that person who during the ice breaker in meetings when asked to come up with an interesting fact about myself find that I’m suddenly wishing I had 6 toes or something similar to say.
Alas I do not, so I end up reeling of my obsession with learning.  And not even in a PHD sense.
As in evening classes, over the past few years I have learnt sign language, pottery, watercolour painting.
And this year digital photography and manipulation.
I am a modern day jack of all trades and the very definition master of none. 
it. However i have enjoyed all these classes and hoping to develop the photography one more.
So here were my final portfolio pieces
Digital images
Theme: Reflections

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Digital manipulation
Theme : Reflections

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I am confident I possess a hidden skill, but so far I haven’t found it. Oh well always next year

Day 6 and the final weigh in

So we’ve made it through to the last full day on camp. And if you were thinking that the team would start to take it easy on us  ……… you’d be wrong.
Our last ever morning cardio was the dreaded dune run, all I could remember from last time was that the more I ran the more sand I acquired.  And this was no different. But I managed to make it round 6 times which was great for me. Hardest part is the ‘run’ ( more like scramble) up the dune!
After 1/2 hour we were back to base for breakfast and then we had our 1-2-1’s with the trainers,  a little private time to reflect on way we’d done, and set out a plan for the future.  This is a great opportunity to really pick their brains and get some personal trainer time.

The straight into combo circuits, another tough session but we all gave it the final push!

After lunch it was our last set of team sports,  a ‘friendly’ came of Bucketball,  archery and volleyball. Sadly archery got rained of part way through but after a quick break we were straight back out.

Then final abs blast.  It seemed unbelievable that it had all ended again, the week just flew by.

So now I guess it’s what you’d all been waiting for the results.

So a final but of background.
My last visit to camp I was 2 1/2 stone heavier and i managed to lose 15 lbs and 52cm in the week.
Mindful that i was now lighter and fitter I was unsure what to expect………

Stepping on fhe scales i was so nercoid bur then Caroline told me she was shocked and my heart sank had i actaully put weught on! No the scores were in, i was now 18 lbs lighter and another 40cm smaller. That’s right 18 lbs in 6 days, I couldn’t believe it. All my hard work, sweat and aching muscles had all been worth it. I was now also the camps official biggest female loser on a 7 day camp and I still had the largest cm lost from previous camps.

I’m not sure the team will ever know how truly grateful I am to them but I will show them by carrying on and getting to my goal

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I am already looking at dates for next year

If you are interested in finding more about the camp you’ll find it all here Northern Bootcamp
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