London in the sunshine is a different city altogether. Lush green parks, people in pubs spilling onto the pavement, girls wearing skirts and flip-flops, a buzz of happiness in the air.
Isn’t life wonderful when the sun is shining bright in the sky? A slight breeze in my hair and the prospect of a relaxing weekend mooching outside is putting me in a fantastic mood.
John is coming down to London on his motorbike tonight and we’re going to indulge in a pic-nic in the park. The smell of the grass, the delicious food, the fresh taste of the wine and the great company are just a wonderful start to my weekend.
I come back from an active weekend feeling rather refreshed. I was up in Derby visiting John: on Saturday, we went to Carsington Water reservoir in the Peak District and took a leisurely 8-mile stroll. Although it was windy, it was so nice to be outside and was just what I needed after a week of late nights.
On Sunday, we got on our bikes and cycled 25 miles round the High Peak trail – and what fun it was! Cycling as hard and as fast as I could, wind in my hair, gorgeous sunshine and beautiful views across the countryside. Sunburn is not my friend though and I am still suffering today…
The Peak District is stunning and should be explored if you get the chance.
Yesterday, I finally did my indoor skydiving – a present from John. Airkix is based in Milton Keynes and is basically a wind tunnel. The tunnel circulates air into a 12 foot flight chamber. To enter the tunnel I simply stood in the open doorway and leant forward. I felt my legs lifted from under me as I assumed a horizontal flying position. The instructor helped me through the motions by giving me tips on how to position my body to fly high or low. It was great fun and I’d thoroughly recommend it. Skydiving could be next…
So it’s a new week and I am raring to go: exercise is featuring heavily on the agenda with spinning, running and yoga planned throughout. Healthy eating is also a must: lots of vegetables and fresh fish, washed down with plenty of water… Healthy body, healthy mind…
It’s been an eventful (good & bad) few months, hence my long absence.
Despite this, I have been busy baking. It’s such a relaxing pursuit that I find myself drawn to the kitchen when I am feeling a little restless. It never fails to cheer me up.
It was John’s 40th birthday recently and I was desperate to get a good recipe for a chocolate cake after my last attempt (involving about 6 chocolate bars of 100g each) failed. It was dry and could have passed as a weapon, it was so heavy and hard. Nick Nairn came to the rescue with his Soft Chocolate Cake: the result was moist, light and downright delicious. Best of all, no flour was used!
Other baking enterprises have involved Banana Bread and Blueberry Muffins (pictured).
This has done no favours to our waistlines but it was worth it. Now back to the gym…