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The Husky Trail – Plans

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Training is going well.  I did a 3 day Herbalife trial at the start of the year and lost weight which gave me the kickstart that I needed to change my eating habits and I have been walking loads.  We had a week skiing at Easter and the weather on the first day was freezing, made all the more so because I had taken the wrong salopettes, but it was good to be back in the bindings and spend time in the snow and blow away the cobwebs!  With the longer days I am going to be getting out on the bike more and adding in upper body strength exercises.  With 10 months to go I have a lot to do but I see it as a challenge within a challenge, I’m stepping right out of my comfort zone and pushing myself.  I can do it and I will do it, and when I return home afterwards I will have done it!

Having changed the date the original post is somewhat out of date so here’s a revamped version!  

If you’re new to the blog you won’t know that I have surprised myself and everyone around me!  You see I am lazy. Not lazy as in “doesn’t do anything lazy” as I do lots, or lazy as in “lazy morning lie in idling away the day lazy”, oh no this lazy I refer to is “lazy at doing something that’s a little bit different, that will challenge me and is so far out of my comfort zone lazy”. And by crikey am I going to do something that’s more than a little bit off the beaten track and oh so challenging. I’m going to do something so different for me that people laugh when I tell them, then when they’ve scooped themselves off the floor (because being lazy I’m certainly not going to help them) they are full of questions and interest and envy, and above all admiration and support.

You see I’m a short, fat, dumpy gym avoider, I favour warmth over cold, I prefer a cosy bed to camping, my dog of choice is not a husky it’s a labrador, I’m very comfortable thank you very much hurtling around the country in my Mini so the prospect of getting from one place to another is with consideration of warmth, comfort and ease it’s certainly not on the back of a sledge, being pulled by huskies and then stopping to pitch a tent. In the snowy Arctic circle. In Norway & Sweden. In April. I’m going on a husky adventure!

No. None of those things have crossed my mind. Much! It’s actually all I’ve been thinking of since I read up about it on The Brain Tumour Charity website. I spoke to a few people and they all said DO IT!

So why am I doing it? Well last year Charch a school friend died from a brain tumour, a friend told me her brother died from a brain tumour, at Charch’s memorial I met a friend of hers whose daughter had died, shortly after Charch’s memorial I met a friend of another friend whose son had died 2 years previously from a brain tumour, a friend’s husband is recovering after a brain tumour operation, someone I recently met told me she’d had a brain tumour in her youth, a Twitter friend’s son has had a brain tumour and since announcing this challenge an author friend told me her late husband had died from a brain tumour. These are people I know and there are many other people whose lives have been affected by brain tumours. I read about brain tumours in the news on a regular basis and hear all too often about late diagnosis in children.

Why huskies, camping, cold? Why??? Away from my creature comforts, my family, WIFI, 4G!!! Ah ok it’s only a week but what a week it will be!  I’m doing it because it looks good fun, it’s going to be challenge to get fit and husky ready, I’m not a natural camper, as a skier I’m used to the snow and the cold but I’ve always retreated to a warm bar or chalet after.

In short it’s a bonkers idea but for a very good cause. I’ll be fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity and in doing so will be raising awareness of the HeadSmart campaign and I’m doing it for Charch, Georgie, Sacha, Georgina, Sue, Lizzie and everyone whose lives have been devastated by brain tumours.

You can sponsor me if you like.  I’d be really grateful!

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I’m feeling nervous

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So today was a tad chilly standing on the touchline watching Laree play football, holding on to the dog’s lead, but it’s nothing compared to how cold it will be on my #huskychallenge next April.

I’ve never done anything like it before, I’m not a camper, I’d rather not get cold and I prefer labradors to huskies. I’ve got to get fit – years of denial and a serious bout of ill health has taken its toll.

It’s a challenge within a challenge.

I’m doing it to raise awareness of brain tumours and the symptoms. I’m doing it because it ends on the day I last saw Charch before she died.

I’m doing it because I can and in memory and in support of everyone whose lives have been affected by brain tumours.

And I’ll admit I’m a tiny bit nervous and could do with some support and encouragement.

https://www.justgiving.com/NellieHuskyChallenge/

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Coffee Morning at Oka

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I make no bones about my love of coffee and the gorgeousness that is OKA Direct. I’ve been drinking coffee for years and have been a loyal OKA customer for ages.

Mugs!  I love those mugs!

Mugs! I love those mugs!

Last Friday I held a Coffee Morning at the Sunninghill shop in aid of HeadSmart and The Brain Tumour Charity.  It was an honour and privilege as it is one of my favourite shops, full of stunning interiors from around the world, and we drank coffee out of my favourite mugs.  Shoppers and visitors were able to appreciate the surroundings whilst hearing about the work of the The Brain Tumour Charity and understand more about the HeadSmart campaign from my friend, HeadSmart champion and bereaved mother Sacha Langton-Gilks.

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Here’s Sacha (and mugs!)

The weather was rather off-putting so not as many people attended as I would have hoped but we still had a great time and raised £150 for HeadSmart and The Brain Tumour Charity and those that did come along who had not actually been into an OKA shop were happy admiring the gorgeous furniture and interiors.  If you have never been they are shops of beauty and wonderment and you will need everything, or is that just me?

Visitors taking it all in

Visitors taking it all in

We also held a raffle with some lovely prizes – thank you to everyone who donated!

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I certainly enjoyed myself and I have got lots of inspiration for my house (when the builders leave!).

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Green is a very popular colour in my house and as much as I try and tame my green habit it never works, those green throws are on my list and the lamps, oh the lamps!

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My dog is way too large for this dog bed but it looks so cute and cosy!

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I love acorns and oak leaves (unless the latter blow into the house), so I particularly liked the napkins, they’re on my list!

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I have square room envy!  I love this wreath and cushions.

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After drawing the raffle I announced I would be doing the Husky Challenge which I have blogged about here!  I’ve never done a challenge like this before so it’s a challenge within a challenge!

Thank you to everyone who came along, thanks to those who shared the flyer (I was delighted with it – look it’s got my mugs and everything!) and thanks to everyone who bought a raffle ticket.

I’d like to end by saying a VERY VERY BIG THANK YOU OKA FOR EVERYTHING!

Hello Husky

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I’ve surprised myself and everyone around me!

You see I am lazy. Not lazy as in “doesn’t do anything lazy” as I do lots, or lazy as in “lazy morning lie in idling away the day lazy”, oh no this lazy I refer to is “lazy at doing something that’s a little bit different, that will challenge me and is so far out of my comfort zone lazy”. And by crikey am I going to do something that’s more than a little bit off the beaten track and oh so challenging. I’m going to do something so different for me that people laugh when I tell them, then when they’ve scooped themselves off the floor (because being lazy I’m certainly not going to help them) they are full of questions and interest and envy, and above all admiration and support.

You see I’m a short, fat, dumpy gym avoider, I favour warmth over cold, I prefer a cosy bed to camping, my dog of choice is not a husky it’s a labrador, I’m very comfortable thank you very much hurtling around the country in my Mini so the prospect of getting from one place to another is with consideration of warmth, comfort and ease it’s certainly not on the back of a sledge, being pulled by huskies and then stopping to pitch a tent. In the snowy Arctic circle. In Norway & Sweden. In April. I’m going on a husky adventure!

No. None of those things have crossed my mind. Much! It’s actually all I’ve been thinking of since I read up about it on The Brain Tumour Charity website. I spoke to a few people and they all said DO IT!

So why am I doing it? Well earlier this year Charch a school friend died from a brain tumour, a friend told me her brother died from a brain tumour, at Charch’s memorial I met a friend of hers whose daughter had died, shortly after Charch’s memorial I met a friend of another friend whose son had died 2 years previously from a brain tumour, a friend’s husband is recovering after a brain tumour operation, someone I recently met told me she’d had a brain tumour in her youth, a Twitter friend’s son has had a brain tumour and since announcing this challenge an author friend told me her late husband had died from a brain tumour. These are people I know and there are many other people whose lives have been affected by brain tumours. I read about brain tumours in the news on a regular basis and hear all too often about late diagnosis in children.

Why huskies, camping, cold? Why???  Away from my creature comforts, my family, 3G!!! Ah ok it’s only a week but what a week it will be! I’ll be in Norway where Charch taught and the challenge ends on 10 April which is a year to the day that I last saw her as she died the next day so I couldn’t not do it.

I’m doing it because it looks good fun, it’s going to be challenge to get fit and husky ready, I’m not a natural camper, as a skier I’m used to the snow and the cold but I’ve always retreated to a warm bar or chalet after.

In short it’s a bonkers idea but for a very good cause. I’ll be fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity and in doing so will be raising awareness of the HeadSmart campaign and I’m doing it for Charch, Georgie, Sacha, Georgina, Sue, Lizzie and everyone whose lives have been devastated by brain tumours.

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Not just any plant sale

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Friends and family have been aware of a date in my diary for a while and know that it’s one of those “tamper proof” dates, a date that cannot and will not be moved and why. That date was yesterday, the second Saturday in May, just incase you want to write it in your diary in INK for next year. The reason is the Plant Sale in Charlton Musgrove, Somerset organised by Georgie of Common Farm Flowers. This year it was in aid of the church and HeadSmart, where all the plants are £1. Yes £1 each.

I got up at 615, quick shower and coffee, cursory glance at the world in my phone and at 7am (on a Saturday) headed off towards the A303 where I was meeting Sally Swannell for a Little Chef coffee and the handover of a raffle prize. I also got a kiss from a the cheery Squire from Exeter Morris Men. Amazing what you can find in a Little Chef! A short stop in the lay-by as I chatted to Paul Ross on BBC Radio Berkshire about the £6 supper recipe and off I went.

The plant sale runs from 930 to 1130. On arrival at 931 the car park was full and my boot was empty. A quick hello to Georgie, Emily and Saskia and I browsed the plants. I wish I could say I was familiar with all the names but the beauty of gardening for me is to plant, tend, water and watch it grow in wonder and amazement! Georgie and the team know what they’re talking about and to be honest if Georgie says this is great, this smells divine, this will look good here, etc etc then it is needed for my garden.

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Georgie kindly suggested plants, I duly nodded, she put them to one side and she then introduced me to Sacha Langton-Gilks and we talked and talked, laughed and laughed, talking and laughing about everything and anything. Sacha is an amazing woman and it was fascinating to hear about everything she has been doing to raise awareness of brain tumours.

I also met Margaret Miller, who I know as drawmill on Twitter. Her drawings are stunning, do take a look.

In addition to plants there was a tombola with some amazing prizes, here’s one I picked up earlier

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and in the room next door there was a cafe selling delicious cakes. I rather liked the meringue. I liked it lots!

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My car was then loaded up and off I went to Shaftesbury for lunch.

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There’s plenty of planting to do!

If you’re keen to create gorgeous borders then I’d head to Charlton Musgrove for the plant sale next year! Let’s all meet up?