My review of the year – April – July 2015

April was all about preparation for the up coming London marathon.  It was a difficult month as it was this month that I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression.  Hard admitting you have a problem and then trying to deal with it.  My last long run was a battle of wills between my head and my body.  But I did it.  I love the London marathon and the atmosphere. It sucks you back. I love the feeling of crossing tower bridge and the wall of cheers which greets you. Plus getting the bling and the sense of achievement. This year was better as with a bit more planning got to see my family and friends more. The poster which Matt and Amanda had made for me to spot them at 30k mark was so funny. I was incredible proud to be part of the Brathay trust team and raised nearly £5000 for them. 

  
    
 Though completely exhausted, before heading home managed to visit the National Portrait gallery which has been on my to do list for awhile.   

Afterwards, went to Paternoister chop house for lunch. It’s the restaurant they use in the “first dates” tv programme. I had tweeted them to see if they offered  discount for marathon medal wearers. They said we will look after you and that they did. It was the first celebratory drink I had as couldn’t face one when I had finished running. A great meal and the staff were amazing.    

 At last our framed wainwright finishers certificate was ready. I was glad I took my friends advice and had it done professionally. Love it and has pride of place in my kitchen.   

May

The start of the month saw a trip to Sussex to stay with Tanya and Paul. Tanya was 8 months pregnant at the time and hoped that Rundle junior wouldn’t make an appearance. A nice relaxing stay and lovely stroll in Ashdown forest, didn’t see Winnie the Pooh though.    

   
A test of my fear came when i was asked to try out the new indoor via feratta at Kendal climbing wall. It was a testing scary at times experience but I loved it. Well maybe not the caving section where I had a panic attack. Steph our instructor was amazing and calm and coaxed me out. The 20m free fall at the end was a definite leap of fear.    

 A very overdue meet up with Hayley. We had followed each other for ages on Twitter and finally met for lunch. A definite friend for life as hit it off immediately. I was in awe of her selfie skills!   
Keswick mountain festival was here again and this year decided to stay up. It’s a great location for a mountain festival. I did the aerial zip wire which was fun. Also got to finally meet up with Jonny for a beer.

  
   

Having seen it lots of times, I finally walked up the Hoad in Ulverston. I had nothing to do in my lunchbreak so thought let’s do it. Maybe doing it in heels was not my brightest idea but it’s do able! 

  
It was time for my lovely friend Stu to climb his final wainwright Yewbarrow. Was a blowy day and cold considering it was May. A great walk and another member of the 214 club. Though did leave celebratory brownies in the car! 

   
 A walk round the shores of Kewick ticked another thing off my to visit list. I had often wondered where about the hands sculpture was on the shores of Keswick and this day I found them. They were created to celebrate the centenary of the National trust.   

Having had a photo workshop with Mark earlier in the year, I hadn’t put into practice what I’d learnt. Mark and Irene were up in the lakes so met for a drink and a refresher lesson. I hadn’t forgotten as much as I thought.   

The month ended with an afternoon treat at the Midland hotel in Morecambe. The Midland is an iconic Art Deco hotel which was bought back to life a few years ago. We went with our good friends the Winkleys. A lovely afternoon and the sun shone.    

    
 

June

Started as we meant to go on this month. Not sure my liver was ready. First up was an overdue Carlisle piss up with the Twitteratti. Had a fun afternoon in the pubs and then back to the David’s.    

 The next day Paula and I hit the shops and my love affair with Benefit began. I’m now officially high maintenance after my make over. Nicola was fab and I loved my enhanced look.    

 Perfect having your makeup already done before meeting Hayley and John for dinner.   

My adopted Twitter ma and pa were down on holiday so had a nice dinner and catch up with them.   

Having run the London marathon for Brathay trust, they invited me for lunch and see what happens the money I raised. They do such amazing work and are proud to be involved with them. There was a disadvantaged family there on a break, the look of sheer joy on the little boys face made it all worth while.  

   
Holidays were here and off to Turkey for 12 days. A relaxing time with friends. What happens on holiday stays on holiday unless you share on social media hehe.    

   

Straight back from my holiday and was down to London to visit our green coffee supplier to taste some new coffees. The silver lining was I got to meet my brother in law for a late lunch before heading home.    

   
I was invited to the launch of the Indy coffee book northern edition. Great to meet fellow coffee people and had the best homemade pizza ever.   

A brief trip to Glasgow to see my best friend Lisa and her family. I may be a bad influence on her daughter Holly as regards to selfies! It’s my duty as her surrogate aunt.    

    
The month ended with a family dinner to wish Jake our youngest Bon voyage as he was off on his travels.    

 

Next instalment coming soon…..


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