Firewirks over Sydney Opera House

Firewirks over Sydney Opera House

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Day 252 - Thursday

I realised that I haven't posted any piccies for a bit and I know they liven up the endless diet chatter so thought I'd put some up from my big run on Sunday morning. I was so busy over the weekend that I didn't really say much about that day anyway.
I got up early (before 8am on a Sunday is early for me anyway although I suspect Mrs might have been up a while by then!) and went on a proper long run - probably about 7 or 8 miles and starting up the big hill that I have struggled up a few times recently. When I got to the big house in the second picture, I usually turn left and head down to the river and back home but this time I decided to carry on and add an extra loop. By the way - the big house - how gorgeous is that, I covet it badly, Hey ho.
It was a chilly and windy morning but every now and then we were rewarded with a patch of sunshine and it was so fresh and pretty that I didn't mind the weather. We had a laugh (that's Shelagh and me, in case you were wondering - Diarmuid remained snoring in bed!), took some pictures on the self timer and Shelagh had a couple of swims. I finished off by picking some more blackberries as I suspect they're on the way out and wanted to make the most of the season.
Mum and Dad visited for Sunday lunch that day and to inspect the completed garden and we had a really nice time. Spent a lot of the day in the garden trying to pretend that it was warm enough to sit out. It was warm when the sun came out but decidedly chilly when it went in again! I cooked a lovely healthy lunch of steamed herb and lemon trout caught by our friends (D not quite there yet with the fly fishing, Guinea!) with spinach and broccoli and new potatoes for the rest of them. I finished with an apple and blackberry crumble and custard for the others and had a spoonful of it with yoghurt myself which was delicious. I wasn't tempted to have any more so felt very good. Mum and I then spent ages peeling and chopping apples to make another lot of apple sauce so the day was even productive.
Anyway, back to today - not much to report. More party chores, calorie counting sucessfu although a few extras crept in today. Still, not bad and I'm going for a run early tomorrow before I really set-to for the party.
The marquee arrived this afternoon and it's big! Way more than we need but our pal who is going into the marquee business and using this as a practise run went a bit overboard! This party is growing arms and legs and getting rapidly out of hand! I hope it's a good one or we'll look like idiots!
So, on that note, I'd better get to bed now...fingers crossed please bloggers!


Mrs said...

Instructions for party:

Celebrate this year together, D's 40 years on earth and your epic LL journey! Acknowledge your time together and the time you have ahead of you - wherever that may be. UK or France. Or both.

Eat (not too much but a little of what you fancy), Drink (if you want to, in moderation) and Be Merry (Dance A LOT)!!!

You'll have a FABULOUS time; you have provided the key ingredients!! Photos, please, by the time I get back from Devon!!!

I shall be toasting you from the South West.

Big kiss.

Mrs Lxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Amanda said...

Hi Lesley,

Mrs L has said it perfectly, enjoy yourself, celebrate D's birthday & your LL journey and don't worry too much. I know when I've organised parties I spent ages worrying if people were enjoying themselves & then forgetting to enjoy it myself. If they see you & D having fun, they'll have fun too.

Just have a wonderful time and definitely want to see photos.

Love the pics you've put on todays post, you live in such gorgeous countryside and the house is fab, pitty about the owner, always the way isn't it. The one of Shelagh sitting on the rock is lovely.

Anyway, have a fabulous time and can't wait to hear all about it.

((((Big Hugs))))

Amanda x