It was Andy’s birthday last week, and we have a bit of a tradition now for me to make an extra Christmas cake and keep that for his birthday.
This year I decided on a Totoro design, as I am having a bit of a Studio Ghibli phase.
I saw loads of amazing cakes on the internet, but they were all rather tricky! It took me a while but I finally found a nice simple one to copy.
Plus, as a bonus, what I thought was a pack of icing, turned out to be white marzipan, so the decorations are going to be tasty too!
Onto the new strap. My Garmin vivofit has a little “keeper” to go around the strap and make sure it doesn’t accidentally come undone. I didn’t think it needed it, but wore it anyway. But then when I fell over in the half marathon, the keeper broke, and I have missed it- a couple of times the strap has come undone- only when I have been taking my coat off or something. I knew you could get coloured straps, so I spent ages on ebay and amazon, trying to find the keepers. In the end I found a set of 3 straps, and emailed the seller asking if they included the keepers (as some reviews said they did, and some didn’t). He said they didn’t but as he had some spares he would include them with my order, which was very kind.
They came in the week so I just added the keeper to my strap, but at the weekend decided to try out a different colour.
It was so easy to un-clip the main part and clip it into a new strap- not sure why I didn’t try it sooner! A world of colour awaits (well, of three colours anyway).
After my cake decorating I fancied a walk so drove near to town and walked the mile in, got a Starbucks and walked back, listening to some podcasts for some lovely “me” time.
This week I have been on holiday still, and so have been trying to get my two portions of fresh air each day, either with a couple of walks, or a run and a walk. As I have been report writing it has been very nice to have a break and stretch my legs- I do not know how people work at computers all day for their jobs! Running has been going OK- I feel very paranoid about falling, and have been going at a very gentle pace, but I have been fine afterwards and have been stretching once I get home too. After our parkrun tourism on Saturday I had a rest day on Sunday, then on Monday morning had a nice longer run (7 miles) which was enjoyable, although I pottered around for ages first, so despite being awake at 8am, didn’t leave until about 9.30 so I was rather hungry by the time I got home for breakfast.
Part of my route is through this field, and it took me by surprise that there were horses in the field, one right by the gate. You can miss the field out, but it’s a much longer route, and the horses seemed more interested in the grass than me so I decided to go through. If it had been the cows with big horns I would have gone the long way around I think!
Taken once safely through the field!
Yesterday I had a lovely run with the club- I have not been out with them for ages, but we found a route that was just under 4 miles and completed it while catching up with each other. It was really enjoyable, and so good to finish in daylight.