And then there was one

Back in the summer, I wrote a blog post about having my hands full when we went out walking with the dogs. At the time, I had Libby, Lia, Soxa, Pluto and Jamer all walking with me and, as you can imagine, it was a little bit hectic. At the time I was wondering how I would cope when Lia started walking, with two children, two dogs and a cat all running around and needing to be kept under control. What I hadn’t taken into account was how I would feel if, all of a sudden, things were not so hectic.…

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Our Thursday Photo #27

This week has mostly been about sleep deprivation… again. Lia is very, very much a mummy’s girl, to the extent that last night I went out running for just over an hour. By the time I got back, she was absolutely beside herself, because she’d woken up and I wasn’t there. This made me feel terribly guilty for going out, and didn’t make for a particularly good night of sleep either, since she woke up several times in a panic before I even made it to bed. This led to yet another stupidly late night and, having been up twice…

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Back in the swim

As you may have picked up on, since having Lia I have been trying to get back to my previous fitness levels and I’m finding it rather difficult. The main problem I’m having is time. I manage to get out for a run once or twice a week, and tend to manage a swim once a week as well. Owing to the lack of training time though, I have recently threatened to go back to early morning swimming training with a local masters club. On Tuesday morning, my alarm was set to 5.30 am to allow me to go swimming.…

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Bring it on winter, I’m ready for you.

As a child, running wasn’t really my thing, purely on the basis that I was a swimmer through and through. When I got to high school though, I got on okay with cross country, winning our school cross country run out of the blue, purely from the transferable fitness from swimming. This sparked my interest in running and I went on to represent the county. At this point, I was incredibly lucky that my mum was an avid runner and she knew how important it was to have the right equipment, trainers in particular. Mum presented me with a little…

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Feed the birds

If, like me, you can occasionally manage to sort out a hanging basket full of strawberries for the summer, but when winter comes there is just an empty hook, I have a novel little idea for you. As you may know, we are very proud of our garden now, since dad and hubby spent weeks decking our sloping area to make it both more usable and a really attractive area. Unfortunately, hubby has zero interest in gardening and I have zero time, so doing anything with the rest of the garden never seems to happen. I also never manage to…

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Children’s Books for Christmas

You will notice a conspicuous absence in this review, as my little partner in crime who normally helps me to review children’s books is not allowed to see them. When I was offered the opportunity to review a set of Campbell Christmas books, I jumped at the chance, because Libby had already got her old Christmas books out and was insisting on listening to Christmas songs. I thought these would be ideal for her to review, but then things took on a different slant. When we wrote our letter to Santa, Libby was very insistent that she wanted him to…

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Our Thursday Photo #26

Well, it’s been one hell of a week. We sadly lost our dog, Soxa on Tuesday. She had been with my husband for 13 years and therefore with me since we started living together. She had the most amazing character and was such a key part of our family that life will never be the same again. Soxa has been very much Libby’s dog for the past 12 months. She had slowed down in her old age and was just the right pace for Libby. They would walk around together whenever we walked the dogs, with Libby holding the lead…

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