I’m a what? 

Today I leant I am a dendrophile. 

I have never heard of the word before,  I had no idea that I might be been a dendrophile.  It sounds terrible, a illness or condition of some kind 

Nope, it just means i love trees and forests. ..aren’t most people dendrophiles? 


The longest walk ever

This longest walk ever was around a very small distance.  The local park! 

So why was this the longest walk ever?  I hear you ask 

Yes, that’s right it’s the snow.  But not as you think.  I didn’t walk extra slow because I was scared of falling over but because everywhere was so amazingly pretty.  I took photo after photo after photo. …..

Wow. .snow, snow, snow everywhere and feet in carrier bags!

I knew today was expecting snow. .but wow, it’s blown everyone’s socks off just how much snow there has been 

We woke up to a snow covered Birmingham and from there it got worse but also increasingly beautiful. 

All buses were cancelled, aeroplanes again all cancelled, all schools tomorrow are closed already and there was a mass call out for 4×4 cars to help staff get to hospital.  Now, it must be bad for that to happen.  

I had a wonderful 1 hour walk each way to a client i see regularly. I put my walking boots on and as an extra precaution two carrier bags to  protect my feet against any leaks also keeping my feet jolly warm. I don’t know where I learnt this little trick but it works wonders in thick snow 

Whoop. .it snow 

What a delightful treat today, I woke up and my world was pretty,  white and full of festive snow. 

We are snow starved in the UK and surprisingly when we have the white stuff everyone moans “isn’t it cold?  ” “I can’t wait for this weather to go?” What a grouo of humbugs they can be .And don’t get me started on the traffic, schools and shops.  Why on earth do things come to a stop in a little bit of snow? 

I love snow, it’s pretty, fun crunchy and makes me want to take photo after photo 

Let it begin..

What could I be possibly talking about? 

We are in early December, so it doesn’t take much guessing to work out that I am referring to Christmas. 

As of the 1st December, I begin to allow myself to play Christmas tunes. .never a day sooner.  Put up Christmas decorations, not that I have this year so far.  This year I would like a more subtle approach.  I am looking for a fallen branch which I will place one or two baubles …it will then become a “suggestion of Christmas “, a yes I have made this concept up and I don’t think many people will be following suit.  But I like the idea. 

So watch out parks, I am hunting branches! 

A bit of winter sun

This afternoon I was walking my dog around the waters edge.  The wind was bitter howling around my face and then..

…all of a sudden I came across a sun trap, the wind died totally and I felt the warmth of the winter sun warming my cold face

I love the sun, I am that sad, I will cross to the sunny side of the street on every occasion.  I stand with my face in the warm glow of the sun whenever I can 

I love. ..no need the warmth of the sun as often as I can 

 Yes, I believe this just means i am English. In England we are sun starved and crave it as an addict craves drugs. ..now, where’s that sun?

Pretty Lights

All of a sudden homes are becoming adorned with pretty lights. Excitement is in the air. 
Carol singers are popping in up in unexpected places,  this evening on the way to one of my groups I run. On the corner of the street was a gathering of people, I looked closer. It was a gaggle of carol singers. 

Festive trees are in each area of Birmingham and attractive Happy shop windows. 

Yes, I am a Christmas lover 

A Swimming monitor extreme 

All of a sudden one the most important things in my life have become finding the optimum time of day to avoid as many people as possible in the swimming pool at my gym 

Yes, I now know the time to avoid the children’s lessons,( in fact any time other than day time you are in danger of kids swimming and hogging thr pool, )one to one lessons, the serious swimmers on a mission, the annoying water walkers.  This category deserves a special mention,  people walking up and down the swimming pool mostly in pairs for length upon length, never ending walking not swimming. ..Yes walking in the pool!  

I also know that 9am elderly ladies come with their friends and walk length upon length of the pool chatting to each other. ..even worse 

After many months of close monitoring I now swim at 8.30 -9am .At last I have found a time when I can avoid the crowd and wait for it sometimes I have the pool to myself 

Allowing people to bruise me!

Today I travelled to a ladies house to allow her and another lady to bruise my back and cause me to have many big circular bruises on it.

I took off my top layed down willingly  allowed them both to use fire and glass cups to make these bruises.  They spent 90 mins doing this to me, taking it in turns.  They then tried fire, water and glass cups and finally through in a bit of sage. .just for good measures 

Many people allow this to happen including celebrities and sports people. ..they all pay lots of money to be briused and often allow their buisesd backs to be shown 

Have we all gone mad?  

This strange practice does have a name, it’s called fire cupping and is a holistic therapy that works rather like a massage. .

Why did I have it? I will try most things once and a holistic therapist who is a friend needed a guinepig  to practice on…and I am a jolly good guinepig 

A beautiful day for a …

Today I had a meeting with someone about running a festival together next year. 

I drove a couple of hours to meet her. ..what a wonderful beautiful drive it was 

The weather was perfect, warm autumn sun.  The scenery was stunning as I drove through the quaint cotswolds villages and towns with the thatched roofs adorning stone houses 

The roads long and winding and blissfully traffic light. .the cherry in the cake was the light wind was blowing the autumn leaves down from the trees as we drove south from Birmingham