Ullswater Way

There has always been a walk around one of my favourite lakes in the Lake District. In recent years the much welcome addition of a proper pathway and steamer stop at Aira Force has made it more accessible, plus you don’t take your life in your hands walking down the busy road.   After the … More Ullswater Way

A tick off the fabulist – learn to apply eye shadow without looking like a tranny

Praise be to the YouTube tutorial.  Whenever I have tried to apply eye shadow in the past, my eyelids have looked like I have been gang banged by crayola.  When I was 40, I was in Manchester on one of my birthday celebrations, I ventured onto a beauty stand in Debenhams, I add to the … More A tick off the fabulist – learn to apply eye shadow without looking like a tranny

London baby

London Marathon weekend was here *gasps. Maranoia takes over…. I was a mix of complete nerves and excitement. Those who read my blog will have read my journey. Self doubt along the way, my body showing me we are strong. I was just so happy to have the miles in my legs to fulfil my … More London baby

Week 16 

Taper week here, I needed it I’m tired. The maranoia setting in, am I going to be ok? Have I enough in my legs for the task ahead? It’s been a tough journey. When you have been training 5 times a week, not training feels like all fitness is fading away.  I didn’t go to … More Week 16 


On Sunday 23rd April 2017, I’m going to be running my 4th London marathon and fifth marathon in total.  Seeing this hashtag on the London marathon page, got me thinking about my #reasontorun. Firstly my reason for running on Sunday will be to fulfill my commitment to my gold bond marathon place which Brathay have … More #reasontorun


It’s always nice playing tourist in your area. Dalemain was another of those places I have visited countless times with work but never explored. Dalemain is a few miles outside Penrith. The name Dalemain means ‘manor in the valley’, there has been a settlement in it’s position since the time of the Saxons. The house … More Dalemain