#redjanuary catch up

I knew I would fail on the blogging front, it was all going so well. Part of the problem is that WordPress is so excruciatingly slow to add pictures to at the moment. Even a paragraph with one photo is taking me 20 minutes. But on the Red January front it is full steam ahead;…

#redjanuary day 6

Tired, tired, tired. But I have entered a ten-miler at the end of the month so I needed to get my distance back up again. It was one of those dead-cold winter days where everything seems to have stopped. It wasn’t freezing, just not mild, and in the woods there was no wind. There was…

#redjanuary Day 5

A bit of cycling, going past Richborough Roman fort and castle, not as cold inland as it was on the seafront though. A particularly bitter Parkrun with the north wind hissing in from the sea. Lots of Red January people running, though there does appear to be a teeny bit of confusion with Dry January!

#redjanuary Day 4

Curlews, oystercatchers, lapwings and hundreds of small grey things about half a mile away. Lovely afternoon light, though it was bitingly cold. I did try to go swimming, but they shut the pool (electrical fault) the moment I walked into the building. Bah.

#redjanuary day 3

The great thing about these challenges is that (once you are into them) you do the things that you plan a hundred times and then fail to do because something else is more ‘important’. So, in theory, I could and should do this run, or something similar, every Thursday. My last job always finishes about…

#redjanuary day 2

If my posts dry up here it is because it is taking me half an hour to upload photos at the moment, including the 4 or 5 fails.  Don’t think it is my broadband, everything else is working. But anyway, I did a hill session yesterday afternoon. My, it was nippy. I initially went out…

#redjanuary Day 1

About 7 miles of cycling to and from Parkrun. Thought I would be marshalling, which is fun and low-responsibility, and warm. Turned out I was timekeeping which involved being very alert with one very cold hand activating the stop-watch button. There are two timekeepers, which is lucky. Today was a record for Whitstable with over…

Winter blues and January exercising..

Anyone who has attempted to follow through one of my endless Janathon, Juneathon, Advent Running challenges in the past few years will doubtless sigh in a jaded fashion when they see I am doing Red January for Mind. Which is why I have given myself several options: running, biking, swimming annnnnd planking. Planking is for…

Getting out

and about. Christmas Day, marshalling for Parkrun, before everything starts. We get a lot of frost on the beach here, it isn’t very oceanic, more estuarine in climate. Boxing Day, one of those calm grey days. Nice enough by the sea, a bit dull otherwise. About 3 miles give or take an iffy tummy. And…

Mouse Party!

Accidentally saving some of the best till last, my final round of the postboxes yielded some of the most lovely. The whole of Christmas is here: Swans a swimming, geese a laying, drums, rings, lords… And two turtle doves. All on one postbox. And finally we find some mice. Having a party. Very stylish mice…

Postbox toppers extravaganza.

Left with not many days, but a lot of postboxes I had to get my arse in gear. In order of finding: Missing, presumed nicked. A Christmas tree scene (no cats or mice) Some chirpy looking snowpersons. A tasty, traditional dinner. I especially love the sprouts. Is this the Grinch? I haven’t seen film or…

Ma’am

Winter queens If you remember the Winter Queen from 2016, this queen is in the same place, with her lovely corgis. This little masterpiece was knitted and crocheted by Sallyanne. The above done by Sheila. Good to see a topical note with a counterfeit Aldi carrot snuggling up to Santa in Ann’s topper. After about…