Category Archives: National Trust
Todays training called for 6 miles and I decided to do it when we got back from our day out at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire.
I’m glad I did as I desperately needed a lie in as was still dog tired following all the activity of last week.
I also got to enjoy the best of the weather at Anglesey with Richard as it started to rain when we returned.
I ran on my old Lunarglides today and I can feel how they are starting to wear down – buying and breaking in new ones now was a shrewd move on my part.
I kept repeating 9.65 in my head (that’s 6 miles in kilometers) but ended up going to 10 as I enjoyed todays run so much.
I was a bit worried about running following a huge roast dinner but I had an hour or so between eating and running and felt ok for the majority of the run.
I didn’t get too wet and played around with the route again today.
This is the tapering of my training now and it gets much less from here as I planned all the training to be over before we got to Canada (which is in 7 days ). I will take kit to Vancouver and plan to run a couple 10Ks whilst there. If you know of any great running routes in Vancouver or near Tofino please let me know.
I signed up for Elite membership in RunKeeper today which allows me to broadcast my activity on RunKeeper, Facebook and Twitter in real-time. If you follow me on any of these services then please login when I am running the Royal Parks Half Marathon (or any training if you like) and you can see my route in real-time.
You can bookmark my profile here: http://runkeeper.com/user/trunkguy/
Remember all this hard work and training is because I am running the Royal Parks on behalf of the British Heart Foundation and am aiming to raise £1000, I am only £125 from my target. Please help me reach my target!
We got up early today, sorted the chores then headed out to make the most of the day.
We drove to Ickworth House and enjoyed a lovely day exploring the expansive grounds.
The day started overcast and muggy but soon broke into beautiful sunshine and another scorcher!
Unbeknown to us there was an Alvis Members Club rally their today – Alvis is one of Richards all time favourtie cars so we were very lucky to be in the company of such beautiful machines as well as such beautiful surroundings.
There's lots more photos in my latest Flickr Set.
Here's a selection of photos taken by Richard…
Richard and I spent the weekend in the Midlands as our friend Rob turned 40 yesterday. He had a small soirée of friends and family gathered at his for a lovely evening garden party. Luckily for Rob and Chris the weather was perfect this weekend and everyone was out chatting, and enjoying the weather until late into the evening.
We took a drive to Upton House which is one of our favourite National Trust properties today and capitalised on the lovely weather. It got to 28 degrees and the cool air near the lakes and the pool were particularly welcome.
I think we've been there in all seasons now but I have never seen the gardens in such splendour. This is a true English country garden on the perfect summers day.
We then drove across to Canons Ashby but we had to stop when we saw this field ablaze with colour as it was full of wild poppies. I have never seen so much red in bloom all at once. We found a verge to park the car and take a few snaps before continuing our journey.
We took the tour of the house at Canons Ashby to enable us to cool off and thankfully we did as much more of the house has been opened to the public.
My parents gave Richard some money for his birthday so we decided to treat ourselves and have a cream tea (Canon Ashby's is particularly good).
As ever time was against us though as we had to head back home (it took 3 1/2 hours to drive back). That said it has been a fairly relaxing weekend and although we haven't been on the beach sun bathing, I do believe we have made the best of the weather.
Long may it continue.
I made the most of the brilliant sun light and beautiful landscapes and was a little snap happy today. You can browse my photo selection on Flickr.
The glorious bank holiday weather continues and today Richard and I spent the day in the company of good friends Rob and Chris.
We drove to Charlecote Park in Warwickshire which is one of our favourite National Trust locations.
I especially like the buttercup meadow and all the wonderful countryside. As you can see we had another lovely day
This weekend Richards sister, brother-in-law, baby Freya and mum came to visit for the Easter break.
Sadly the snow hung around a bit and the temperature didn’t really lift but it was dry and we got out and about.
We visited Cambridge, Flatford Mill, Upton House and Saffron Walden.
It was a lovely weekend and I hope my short video captures the mood.
Oh and this is the first time Freya has encountered snow – I am so glad I caught it on camera.
(Note no running but plenty of pushchair walking – which for me may as well be some strange new sporting activity!). :)
We have just returned from a lovely weekend in the Midlands with friends.
Rob and Chris kindly invited us to theirs and we took a drive up on Friday. What followed was a hilarious yet chilled weekend exploring the Midlands.
There really are some lovely spots around there and whilst visiting we went to Blists Hill Victorian Village, Benthall Hall, Iron Bridge and Dudmaston Hall.
Whilst at Blists Hill we had to calm down a young boy who got himself stuck in the Funicular Railway – I have never heard a child scream so much! It didn’t take long to reunite him with his mum but I guess to him it must have seem like days had passed!
Rob and I got ourselves a little giddy on liquorice sticks and sherbet dip from the Victorian Confectionary and Chris managed to find some old treacle toffee which kept him quiet for a while.
Chris and Rob were lovely hosts as we the lovely Tilly, even thought we threatened it we didn’t catnap her and bring her home (we don’t think Brandy would appreciate the introduction of a younger model).
One the way back we stopped in to see Carol and Dave who also live in the area. We have not seen them for a couple of years and it was lovely to catch up.
We got him late but at least we have had today to get ourselves sorted before jetting off to Spain for the rest of the week