Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Catch up

Wednesday 14th August

Apologies for the absence for the last few months.  I tried to do something techy with my blog and then couldn't access it for ages and now have finally got it back.  So normal service has resumed.

The past few months have been busy and jam packed.  My last blog post was on the 13th March, the day my father had a mini stroke.  Up to now his health has been good, it was a shock to us all and luckily he has recovered unscathed.  I'm sure those reading this will agree; you expect your parents to be invincible and can never imagine them not looking after you.  It is a wake up call when their health starts to fail or they simply can't do the things they always did.  It has been a re-adjustment for us all.

I went on my birthday mini break to Barcelona with one of my oldest and dearest friends.  It was just what the dr ordered; tapas, sun, relaxation and with a few cocktails thrown in.  We stayed here and I can't highly recommend it enough.  Fabulous location right in the Gothic quarter.  Reasonably priced, modern and clean and most importantly has a roof top pool.

If you are in Barcelona then I highly recommend this tapas bar in the Born district, a short walk through the cobbled streets.  Booking a table is highly recommended.

If you tire of tapas then try Upbeat, funky and wallet friendly the food was delicious and literally stumbling distance from the hotel. 

I, along with 6 other girls known as 'The Wight Crew'  rowed the English Channel for two UK charities (Ahoy & The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust). 

We started training last year and survived many hours out on the water in the freezing winter months.  None of us had rowed before and it was to start with, an uphill struggle.

There were a few times, (following blisters, sore behinds, freezing conditions, seasickness), when I questioned my sanity, and why I was doing this, but by the end we had raised £32,000. 

To take on a challenge that was completely out of the ordinary was rather daunting at first, but on a personal level it was liberating to shake off the self doubts & insecurities, and actually doing something different and, that was out of my comfort zone.  Completing the row and raising this amount rewarded me with a huge sense of achievement. 

Summer holidays and glorious sunshine mean the school holidays continue at a great pace.  Hours spent outside, swimming, by the beach, crabbing  have meant the boy's holiday so far have been like an excerpt from 'Swallows & Amazons'. 

This is what childhoods should be, these are how memories are made.  I feel so lucky to be raising my children here on the stunning Isle of Wight.

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