Monthly Archives: January 2017

Rowing boats


Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd January

I went shopping with Leah on Saturday. When on earth did that last happen?!

The dreaded food shopping, but Leah also needed to get some new glasses so I went along to try and help her decide on the frames. Of course I had to have a little ‘try on’ too ๐Ÿ˜‚

Sunday was a lovely sunny, but very cold, day.

Gary drove us into Oxford in the afternoon, we parked up, I set my tracker going and we set off walking. We went through Christ Church Meadow and down to the River Thames. The rowers were out in force! I don’t know if there was a race going on or whether Sunday is just a normal practice day, but the teams from the various Universities were all in their boats rowing on the Thames. So we stood and watched them for a while, quite fascinating, then we turned around and carried on walking alongside the river, eventually winding our way back through the streets of Oxford. A very enjoyable 4 mile walk ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

Hope you like my pictures!

Have a look at this story. Colleagues of a man waiting for a heart transplant have stripped off to promote organ donation ๐Ÿ˜‚ Great idea! I hope Michael gets a telephone call real soon.

Fun food


Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th January

Bit of a rubbish three days really!

My beloved car went in for its MOT on Wednesday – and failed ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Over ยฃ400 to have four new discs and brake pads. I do love you little car ๐Ÿš— but did you really need to make me spend all that money on you!!!

Thankfully I already had a nice walk planned in the afternoon with a friend, a bit of stress relief.

I couldn’t volunteer on Thursday as my car was still being repaired ๐Ÿ˜– So boring old housework for me. A trip to Caffรจ Nero and an evening walk.

And my Friday was changed about too. I had the morning free and then had to go into work later from 3pm to 8pm as there was stocktaking going on.

On a nicer note have a look at these wonderful things I found.


They are so cool! You can find other ‘Easy after school snacks’ here.

Or how about a rainbow pizza.

 Looks great doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‹ I really fancy eating a piece of this right now!!!

Yoga ๐Ÿ˜ฌ


Saturday 14th to Tuesday 17th January

I was about to set off for a walk on Saturday afternoon when I thought to myself ‘I wonder if my friend is going out with her dog’. I managed to get hold of her, she was, and so off we both went. We had a nice long walk around what is locally known as the ‘park walls’.

Dougal (the dog!) did really well to keep going with his little legs, he was starting to tire a bit by the end of it though ๐Ÿพ

Sunday was a quick trip into Banbury. I did manage to buy a new hoover though in the short time we were there. I really didn’t know what kind of hoover I wanted and I’m still not sure that I’ve got the right thing ๐Ÿค” Guess I’ll just have to give it a try.

Isn’t this quite amazing and fascinating! ๐Ÿค—

Monday and Tuesday (I had the day off from work) were spent doing things about the house.

I made sure I went out for a walk into town on Monday and then I went to … YOGA ๐Ÿ‘Œ !!! Something I have wanted to try for a long time but never got round to because of ill health or always having something else that I needed to do ๐Ÿ˜ I decided not to make any more excuses and as I am feeling well right now I thought I should give it a try.  I’m hoping it will start to help my whole body, which hurts and aches all over so much right now. Although there were a few times when I didn’t have a clue about what to do, I did quite enjoy it. I think I did reasonably well. I will be going back again to give it another try.

And Tuesday was another walk into town but this time I met a friend for coffee and a chat ๐Ÿ˜„

Lost ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


Thursday 12th to Friday 13th January

There wasn’t much going on with my volunteering role on Thursday. I was feeling a bit fed up about this. So I thought rather than just waste my time I would go for a walk! It was a horrible damp, cold day and there was the possibility of a bit of snow later, I had a feeling that we wouldn’t be going out for our weekly walk this evening. It wouldn’t matter quite so much maybe if I had already got out and had a walk today.

Off I went following a path around the outside of the hospital. I didn’t know where this would take me. Then I seemed to venture off into a residential area, I didn’t have a clue where I was going or where I would end up ๐Ÿ™ƒ I just kept on walking and thankfully eventually I joined up with a road I recognised. So then I just carried on walking a bit more. I ended up doing 5.38 miles!

I then decided to treat myself to a coffee and I thought that after all that walking maybe I should eat something too. I had come across ‘Pret A Manger’ in a different part of the hospital during my walk today, I have never been in there before, so I called back into there. I found myself a ‘Posh Cheddar and Pickle’ baguette. It was really quite nice ๐Ÿ˜‹

I was right about the evening walk. It didn’t happen. It was SO cold and horrible out there.

Friday the 13th! ๐Ÿ˜ณ I just went to work. Apart from the awful weather when I was walking there, freezing cold, a bitter wind, and sleet (I felt completely battered when I arrived) thankfully nothing too awful or unlucky happened to me!

By the way, have a look at my new Page ‘1000 miles’ which I have just added.  I will be logging my walks on here so that you can keep up with my progress! ๐Ÿค—



Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th January

On Monday I was at home pottering. It was cold and wet but I was determined to get some miles in today so off I went in the afternoon for a short walk, just into town. Every little bit will help I guess!

Tuesday was just a work day but I did visit my friend Jackie after we had both got home.

A bit of Internet browsing and found this – The Roast Burger Fancy that?

I had a day off from work on Wednesday. I spent a lot of my time doing little odd jobs about the house and then I went to meet another friend Nina on her lunch break and she took me to a nearby garden centre for a quick cup of tea. How lucky was I to see two friends in two days! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th January

What to do this weekend? No endless stressful shopping trips for Christmas presents, no Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve to deal with!

Gary took me for a drive around on Saturday afternoon. We had a little walk around the garden centre in Bicester and some other places but I really didn’t need to buy anything!

This looks like a fun thing to do on a Sunday in January (sometimes I do wish I lived in London!) Have a look at the No Trousers on the Tube ride ๐Ÿ˜‚

But I did do something quite exciting too. I signed up for #walk1000miles

I’m really not sure how successful this is going to be. Bearing in mind that it is something extra that I am adding into my busy schedule! Working part-time, volunteering, attempting to keep the house ‘half reasonable’ (and failing!!!) from all the debris the three of us leave about the place, maybe being lucky enough to go out every now and again, keeping up with my blog, my already aching and hurting old body. All of which some days makes me so very tired.

The good thing about this challenge is that it is all completely up to the individual to how and if you do it, so the only pressure is what you put on yourself. So of course yes, I’m already under pressure!

So I managed to get Gary to come for the very first walk with me, and my bobble hat!

4.80 miles ๐Ÿ‘ (made my poor old hips ache a bit :/ )

The first funny story to come out of my walks (I’m sure there will be many more ๐Ÿ˜) was that I put a couple of ‘Happy New Year’ cards that I wanted to send in my back pocket so that I could post them when we walked back through the town. Got to the post box, they were nowhere to be seen. They must have fallen out somehow ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

We retraced our walk in the car a bit later, looking out the window for the little pink envelopes, but they were not to be seen. So now I will need to be writing them out again! I wonder if someone comes across them they will just put them in the post for me? Then my friends will eventually get two ๐Ÿ˜

The first of many, many, many walks this year …

Tired ๐Ÿ’ค


Monday 2nd to Friday 6th January

A walk around Oxford and a meal at Bill’s restaurant then back to see Leah at my sister’s house for a bit of a bizarre New Year’s Eve, a wet and cold but very enjoyable New Year’s Day walk in the grounds of Blenheim Palace and we were into the first week of 2017 …

which started with a silly video chat!

A trip into Banbury to return some things to the shops, work, a day off which was spent on starting to pack away Christmas from the house and a walk on a Wednesday evening for a change, just to see what it was like! ๐Ÿค—

It soon got round to Thursday and my usual volunteering day. I haven’t been for SO long for various reasons. I must say that I really wasn’t looking forward to it that much (knowing that Mark wasn’t going to be there for our usual weekly chat is not nice at all ๐Ÿ˜ฐ) but I was determined to make myself try and get back into the swing of things.

And after work on Friday I decided it was time to have a bit of a sort out and clean of the kitchen after all the Christmas goings on!

I have felt well this week but have been SO extremely tired (which annoys me so much. I have so many different things that I need to be getting on with, including lots of things that I would like to do for my blog, but when I eventually sit down I just want to fall asleep ๐Ÿ˜–) and my poor old body is hurting me a lot. Especially my back, this has been very painful this week.

A tired, aching and frustrated Pinny ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜–