Time out


Hello? Is there anyone there?

Erm…im still here.

Sometimes life becomes so full & busy that 1 or 2 things need to give. My blog had to be one of those.

Since I was last here I have qualified as a counsellor,  been planning a wedding, started work as a self employed counsellor and working as a childrens & young persons therapist. I am also still working in advice & guidance for young people whilst being a mum, housekeeper general slave and not to mention a runner & cyclist.

There is so much to tell you and I hope to fill in the blank spaces of the last 6 months as we go along.

My return to my blog has been a lingering thought…rather a need for self expression and creativity.  The final push was from collegues at work who encouraged me in my need to talk about cycling more and the progress into a lifestyle of healthy clean eating and exercise.
Since blogging last I have lost 2 1/2 stone in weight. Something I would love to share with everyone.

So this is just a quick 1 to check back in with you all.

Im back x

Happy New Cycling


Hello….did you miss me?

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and gained all that you needed from your Yule celebrations. I have had a wonderful Christmas. The highlight being able to spend some very valuable time with my children and The Hoarder even had a day off work that did not involve his phone ringing every 5 minutes. It was wonderful to have his undivided attention for a short time and I know the girls appreciated it too. I have some very exciting events coming up this year. We are going to centre parc again (see last years visit here!) I have tickets to see Bon Jovi and Biffy Clyro from my clever clever boyfriend as well as a trip to Blue Reef Aquarium to review on here in the very near future!

Happy new year by the way. Have you made any New Year resolutions? I have the usual. Loose weight, do more with my Beautiful Princesses. However, encompassing all of these is one resolution. That is to cycle 90% of my commute. By saying 90% I am attempting to be realistic and allow for snow days and days when The Hoarder has to give me a lift due to his work commitments. As well as this I intend to take the girls out on the bikes more often. Big Princess is getting really good on her bike and Smaller Princess is very comfy in the bike buggy so there is no reason why we cant all go out.

So this is my plan for 2013…to cycle more and therefore do more with my children.

I rode my first commute of 2013 to and from work tonight. Oh my goodness I have missed it so much. I loved every second of  the ride there and the ride back. I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow night.

I am free

{This Moment}


{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. as found on Mothering with Mindfulness and  Inspired by Soulemama.

 

{This Moment}

 

Valuing the simple things


Sometimes in the rush of daily life I forget.

I forget to stop.

I forget to breath.

I forget to open my eyes and to see, to really see the wonderful things around me.

When I remember, when I stop, when I take that deep breath that floods through my body finding all the muscles tight with ‘life’ and I open my eyes and really see …I’m always surprised.

I’m surprised at how much my body has been aching to relax and slow down. I am surprised at how much air I can fill in my lungs and I’m surprised how such simple things can change my mood, the way I feel and how I view myself and the world around me.

I love the moment the wind catches my face cycling fast down hill

I love pushing myself to cycle the incline home, reaching the top and looking back over the city at night lit by thousands of little lights.

I love the feel of little arms around my shoulder squeezing after the softest but sloppiest kiss goodnight from my girls.

I adore the colours of autumn (see Ode to Autumn to find out how much!)

Right now, this very moment. My babies are sound asleep in bed, I am snuggled in a nice warm bed, I have Breaking Dawn part 1 on my bedroom TV (and tickets to see part two in my purse), I have a warm whiskey and ginger next to me and after writing my post I’m going to snuggle down with a book (and maybe another whiskey…well it is Friday).

There are lots of things I am worried about right now such as our finances, my relationship and people I know (and technically don’t know on Twitter) But right here in this moment…I am at peace.

It’s a wonderful feeling and I am going to enjoy it a bit longer and remember it and the next one and the next time I am flying down hill on my bike … I’m going to savour that too.

What moments do you love and want to savour? **Cheer**

More Craftiness


I said in my last post crafting post I’m a crafty lady, that I have quite a few projects to show you. I thought I would share a quick one with you tonight while I am busy drafting a post to add here on Friday.

I love wearing things in my hair, especially if they match what I am wearing. I think it really sets off an outfit. A few years ago The Hoarder bought me a hair band, wow I hear you exclaim can this post get any duller…seriously I loved the hair band he bought, it was one of those scarf ones, the fabric covers your head and ties underneath your hair. I still have it and regularly wear it, so much so that I really could do with another one. I looked everywhere for a similar head scarf, but it would seem they are no longer the fashion or are only available in animal print!

A few months ago I was looking at my lovely head scarf and thought, Ya know this would be quite easy to make.

And it was:

Here is how you start

This picture is slightly misleading. There are 5 bits of fabric here. The two thin strips you see are pinned to another strip of identical length and width. pretty side facing each other, we will turn the out after sewing the edges together.  These strips are sewn in the same way as the head band shown on I’m a crafty Lady. One end of these strip will be left open so we can easily turn it the right way out and we  are going to sew them to the large piece of fabric. You can see in the photo’s that I have hemmed the edges of this to make it look a bit more tidy.

 

 

 

So next we will fan the edges of the large piece of fabric. Once you have done this you will need to pin it or press it to keep it in place. It took me a few attempts to get this as it is quite fiddly. You will then need to insert the fanned edge into one of the strips for the tie. (Do sew your hems and the strips before hand, and turn the strips the right way out)

Fan the edge of the large fabric

 

 

 

 

Dont forget to press the seems and hems. I also like to press the strips so that it looks very flat, almost like it is once bit of fabric. Once sewn…which is a bit tricky with a crap sewing machine like mine ( nod to Santa for a better one) It should look something like this

 

Looks very little house on the prairie right now, but promise it looks great on x

 

 

Here I am wearing my new head scarf.

 

Great for painting in, bad hair days and now I can make one to match my outfits. I’m loving the hippy look at the moment so this just adds to my wardrobe.

 

Since making this I have also worn it under my cycling helmet. It was a very rainy day and I was cycling to work. This was great for keeping my hair dry under my helmet and so I waltzed into work looking great, whilst everyone looked like drowned rats.

 

** I was obviously wearing waterproof trousers and jacket, I had also popped into the toilets outside our office to get changed into my work gear…but my hair was dryer than it otherwise would have been!**

 

Have you made something like this? have you ever looked at something you have bought and though…I could make this! Let me know and add your link in the comments below so I can go see your creations.

 

 

I’ve got to break free


Arrggghhh!

I am so angry at myself right now. Almost 2 weeks ago I was free. If I wanted to go anywhere I just jumped on my bike.
Kids? No problem. I simply hooked up our bike buggy & strapped them in.

Shopping
School run
Commute to work
Local park

ANYWHERE!

Now…well, now I am trapped because I stupidly fell over myself and badly sprained my ankle (see previous posts). I have to pick Big princess up from school today with Smaller beautiful…this means a 20min walk there & 20min walk back home. This would take 10min on my bike.

Im working tonight. This means bus there @ £2.20 which will take 40min. Worse the journey home at another £2.20 will be with with drunk smelly folk & I will have to wait in the cold for that pleasure at 10pm in the city centre…i’ll get home at 11pm.

On my bike it takes 20min from leaving work to walking in my front door…it doesn’t cost a penny & as the ride home is uphill…im lovely & warm.

I miss riding my bike. My ankle is still sore, im still walking with a limp.
I’m told it can take 4-6 weeks to heal fully. I know I cant get back to my running till then, but what about cycling?

I honestly cant wait that long! I’ll go insane.

After a google search I have found forums where cyclists have rested a week & got back on their bike. They also say if it hurts then stop before any further damage is done.

I think a test run is in order without the buggy & without the hills.

Any advice from fellow cyclists would be greatly recieved as I’m desperate to get my freedom back.

P.S I dont drive, never have. Probably never will…I just want my bike back.

Giddy over a “bike” gift


If someone had told me several years ago, even 6 months ago, that I would get excited over a present from The Hoarder I could quite believe it. It doesn’t happen often (Birthdays and Christmas) so of course I would be delighted.

 

If you had then told me that the gift I had gone giddy over was a wonderful pannier rack so I could attach my flowery Side bag to my bike, then I may have considered having you sectioned, or at the very least offered to help you to the doctors.

 

But here I am, very excited, to go out on my commute tomorrow so that I can try out my pannier rack.

Hey this is no ordinary Bike rack, oh no!

As my Bike has a fantastic suspension (think bumpy rides up hills and over kerb, along with my padded seat I have a very comfy bottom) I am unable to have a panniers attached to my back wheel, so I needed a rack that would attach to my seat.

When The Hoarder first told me about this I was a little sceptical. Surely this would not be strong enough for my bag let alone one filled with books/a magazine/my e-reader/Netbook/spare pants for the kids/baby wipes/make up/hairbrush/kitchen sink as well as my purse and keys or a change of clothes. The bike racks I was aware of could carry a child, namely my brother, of ten years of age at speed down to the local shop for  a 10p mixed bag of sweets (or 10p mix). They were solid …not flimsy and attached to ONLY the seat. How could I give my brother a croggy on that?

So I did a little research and read some reviews from a few seasoned cyclists who had used such pannier racks on a bike with suspension. The feed back was really positive. Some even carrying over the 10kg  recommended load (hope for my little brother yet) on long journeys and even with a triple pannier bag attached.

I was sold and so researched the different options and prices.

Today I asked The Hoarder to meet me at a local cafe for cyclists called the Bike Hub. We had not been before and as I was passing on my way home thought it would be an excellent opportunity.

There it was, the only one in the small bike parts shop situated next to the little cafe.  It was meant to be. We get the lovely bloke to fit it (what is a bike repair man called? Surely not a mechanic? a Bike servicer? That sounds slightly wrong…lets think of something to call him)

So Bob attached it, sorted out my seat and even found a way that I could have my mud guard on still (We love Bob).

So now I am the proud owner of the all magical Bike pannier rack and I could not be happier…Who knew something so simple could cheer me up on a PMT Grump day!

 

(photo to follow)

 

What simple thing (from someone else) would cheer you up today?