Outdoor swimming tips for all seasons

Deceptively bright sunlight presents the illusion of a summer’s morning, but a glance at the frosty ground reveals the real temperature. A thin mist hangs over the river. We walk towards it, removing layers of jumpers and coats, leaving only our swimming costumes. It may be a controversial opinion, but there’s no better feeling than outdoor swimming in winter. Outdoor swimming in Winter – getting in the water Stepping into the river, the cold takes my breath away. It’s shallow at first, up to my waist. I immediately lunge forward to submerse myself in the numbing water. The first two…

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Taking part in Veganuary

As 2018 draws to a close, most of us are craving salad and exercise after over-indulging at Christmas. Veganuary is a popular challenge at this time of year, with people around the world giving up meat and animal products for the month of January. Reasons for taking part vary from concern for animals and the environment, through to the health benefits to the individual. Why I’m taking part in Veganuary I’ve looked at Veganuary for the past few years and wondered whether to take part. But it has always seemed a bit too difficult. I cook for the whole family…

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Thursday photo #242

Christmas week. It’s one of the few times of year that things calm down. We remained busy right up until Christmas Eve, but Christmas day brought a change of pace that continued into boxing day. My husband has gone back to work today and at the weekend we’ve got plans to visit both his family and mine. But for just a couple of days, we chilled out. It was bliss. Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light Last Christmas, we went with some friends to visit the Illuminations in Birmingham. It was lovely to catch up with them and we all had…

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Premier League Writing Stars opportunities for children

This is a collaborative post. At primary schools around the country right now, children are frantically writing poetry. It might not be what you’d imagine primary school children to be doing in the run-up to Christmas. However, tomorrow is the deadline for entries to the Premier League Writing Stars competition. So right now, it’s every child for themselves.  Premier League Writing Stars visit a local school As part of the Premier League Writing Stars competition, players and other celebrities are getting involved. Some are judges, others have written their own poems. Even more excitingly, some have been visiting children in…

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Thursday photo #241

After four ballet shows, swimming lessons and watching the incredible Malvern Theatres pantomime, we’re finally winding down ready for Christmas. It feels like we’re the only ones who didn’t put the tree up until this week. But it’s up now, presents are bought (if not wrapped) and our food shop is being delivered tomorrow. What have I forgotten?  Performing on stage As a child, I never did much in the way of theatre or performing arts. I had ballet lessons, took part in primary school plays and did the odd ballet show but that was about it. So the way…

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