My review of the year – January to March 2015

End of yet another year, time passes quickly when you’re having fun. 2015 has been quite a year again. Here’s what I’ve been up to. 

Another year up and running and the first weekend, we finished our first round of the Wainwrights. It was a gorgeous day and were overwhelmed by all who turned up to help us celebrate joining the 214 club. The hill was Melbreak. I love how it stands looking down majestically at one of my favourite pubs The Kirkstile inn. A great day in the hills followed by beer in the Kirkstile.    

 Having purchased a proper camera, my friend Mark came up to do a photo workshop with me. It was great learning to use my camera and how to compose shots.  Though the weather was a tad blowy. A great day and if you ever fancy doing one give him a try

 It was then time to escape the terrible weather for a week in Egypt. A hot date with a sun lounger. It was so nice to feel the sun on my skin. Though I’m pleased Dave didn’t swap me for a camel or 2!    


Back home and time to be brave and join a running club. I joined Helm Hill running club. Though slow, everyone made me feel so welcome and I must go back. The speed sessions definitely make me a better runner!   


More running and was literally getting into my stride. A few niggles but with the help of regular sports massages from The Body rehab were sorted. 

An overdue trip up to Glasgow to see my best friend and family. Holly though 11 1/2 now still gives me lots of cuddles and pray it lasts a bit longer. 


Pennington southern branch came up for half term. They stay at the most amazing holiday home on the shores of Ullswater. Nice to go and gate crash and play tourist. I completely love my nieces and are growing up far too quickly. A fell fix up Birkhouse Moor to Red Tarn. Lots of snow and was nice to be in the hills again.    

 Having completed the Wainwrights, I joined the Wainwright society to get my certificate. A friend said get it framed properly rather than buy a frame. So that’s what I did.   

Work wise was busy and especially as it was the annual lakes hospitality show. A perfect opportunity to showcase our new company branding. Oh and grab a selfie with our local MP Tim.    

 I was very pleased that Trail magazine included our final wainwright pic in their March edition. Fame at last!   

A last minute treat of afternoon tea at the rather wonderful Gilpin Lodge hotel.   



First race this year was The Haweswater Half marathon. I think I had every weather on that run. I was incredibly grateful that my lovely friends Stu and Paula came down to support me. 2:10 was my time which with the state my head was in I was pleased with that.     

More beer and the Hawkshead Spring beer festival. My old school friend Richard came up to stay.    

 A trip to London to see Jake. I love London and just recently we have tried to do a tourist thing. This time it was Kensington place. Such a fabulous place. Was a hard day as was Mother’s Day, I’m very lucky to have my lovely stepsons who prove to me you don’t have to give birth to have a special bond. A nice lunch out and of course cocktails before saying goodbye to Jake and head north.    

Last thing this month was the Easter Bunny ball. A fundraiser organised my friends Andrew and Fiona. Was an amazing evening with lots of laughs and lots of money raised.


To be continued…..


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