Hello one and all, or let’s face it at this point anyone who still deigns to occasionally look at this blog!
To say it has been a while is an understatement, true there have been occasional posts of photos lately, but I’ve not sat and written a blog post in goodness knows how long. Even on the other blog I set up, the virtual tumble weeds have been a rolling.
Why the silence? Well a multitude of reasons I guess. I’ll try and catch you up if you’ll bear with me, it’s been a busy old year…
Not to sound all dramatic, but the year started with an ending. And by that I mean a broken heart. I think a lot of this year has been about finding myself again and fixing what was broken (or certainly investing in many tubes of superglue). It was my first broken heart, and at the ripe old age of 31 (now alas upgraded to 32) you might say it was high time such a thing had happened. As it was, I felt rather crippled at first, to try so hard and it still not work out; for someone that you love to not want you… It’s a hard pill to swallow. Luckily I have some amazing friends who have shown me incredible support and patience. My family have also been there for me, as much as they could not being local. I’m not saying I don’t think about him, but after 9 months I’m in a much better place than I was.
That necessary detail noted, let’s move on to happier tales! The year has been busy, in particular the summer. I’ve been trying to tick things off my bucket list and just get on and do things that I have thought of trying. I’ve become a better cook, and have been running to counteract the side effects!
In May I went on holiday to Taiwan with one of my besties. It was a great trip, and I think we both needed to have an adventure again. We travelled around the perimeter of the country, starting at Taipei, by train, bus and bicycle! It’s an interesting country with friendly people and some gorgeous countryside. It’s also cycling crazy, although they have rather larger and steeper hills than I am used to living in Cambridge…
In June, myself and the same friend, took part in a 10km obstacle course up near Nottingham. It was called a Water Wipeout and involved mud, a stretch of swimming and climbing over things. We camped in my friend’s tent which turned out to be better suited to people with more of a hobbit like stature. However, it was a great weekend of laughing and tiredness.
In July we completed the London to Brighton night ride, cycling 65 miles over some nasty hills. We started at Tower Bridge, London, at 11.50pm and made it to the seafront in Brighton just before 7am the next day; stops were made along the way!
It was also a summer of weddings. Another bestie’s sister got married in July, after a hen party a few weeks before. Then I attended another friend’s hen party, followed by a beautiful Cambridge based wedding. My “jaw dropping” dance moves came in handy. The wedding season ended with the grand finale of my brother marrying his wonderful wife; to say this was an special event for my family would be an understatement. To see my brother so happy was worth the nerve racking reading I was asked to do during the ceremony in the cathedral!
On top of all that, I have recently started trying my hand at that classic Cambridge sport of rowing. It’s much more complicated than it looks, I shall be a work in progress for a while I think. The hardest thing so far? Trying to carry the damn boat to the water!
Anyway, that’s a very brief run through of what has been happening this year, and my way of apologising for being absent for so long. I hope to have something interesting to report on before too long.
For now, I’d like to wish you a very happy weekend, time to be utterly British and catch up with The Great British Bake Off.
Friday 26th September 2014 21:02