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Clacton

We took the caravan up to Clacton for a long weekend to make sure it was ready for Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. The weather was kind to us - we had sun practically all weekend and no rain, so no need to dry out the awning afterwards! The caravan is mostly OK, there is a leak from one of the waste pipes which needs fixing but it shouldn't be too difficult. I still don't like towing a caravan but I seem to be getting the hang of it, or at least not feeling quite so anxious whilst doing it.

The kids had a good time and enjoyed the entertainment in the evenings. We went to Walton-on-the-Naze one day and spent a little time on the beach, before finally getting to fly Rory's kite that he bought from Blackgang Chine last summer! It made a nice change to fly a kite that actually worked, usually they seem to have a mind of their own and just spin out of control but this one worked pretty well.

On Saturday I went for my first run in about a decade! I was surprised by how far I…

Worn out

I wonder how many of my blog entries are synonyms for "tired". It never seems to end! Anna has been unwell since last week, Kitty and Rory were unwell before that and Kitty was unwell again this weekend. I never seem to have enough time or energy to get everything done.

On the plus side, my hamstrings eventually healed up enough for me to go on a bike ride. I've managed three rides since and they're still a little sore but mostly better. The weather is getting nicer but the wind is still blowing away, it's quite depressing having to cycle home into a 15-20mph headwind when you're unfit!

We've got our holiday to the Isle of Wight booked again for the summer, and we're probably heading up to Clacton soon to make sure the caravan is OK and ready to go for Glastonbury. It'll be nice to have a holiday, even if it is only Clacton, I could do with a break.

I've finally managed to set up the Raspberry Pi to allow me and Nicky to play with circuits. So…

Frustrated

It seems like spring is finally on the way, and Nicky has been asking to buy a football so we got one today and went for a kickabout down the park. After only five minutes I managed to pull my hamstring. Now I remember why I don't play football any more! It's particularly frustrating because I've been feeling fairly positive about my fitness recently. This week I cycled over 100km for the first time since May 2015 and had been looking forward to getting fit again. I had even been thinking about doing a super sprint triathlon this summer! Hopefully it'll heal quickly and I can cycle again in a few days. Other than that, things are going fairly well. I could always do with more sleep but the kids will leave home in a decade or so(!) I've been looking longingly at the Nintendo Switch and especially the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The reviews for it look awesome and I could actually afford to get one, but as I only recently got a PS3 and have a backlog of game…

Panic

I've not been feeling great the last few days - I'm not sure what's caused it but I've been very anxious. I think one thing that would help is a "normal" week - this week has been different again as it was Kitty's birthday on Tuesday and she had a party, so we had to tidy the house and get everything ready, then I had to take the two boys out for the evening so they wouldn't interrupt! It's not been anything extreme but for some reason I'm just finding it difficult to cope at the moment. It's difficult to believe Kitty is 6! They are growing up so quickly. I'm finding parenting easier as they get older but then you have to start worrying about new and different things! I've managed a couple of rides this week which temporarily improved my mood. I would have gone out yesterday but Storm Doris had other ideas! It was bad enough on Wednesday with 20mph gusts, although riding with a tailwind is always fun. I've bought a Raspberry P…

Half term

The kids have been off school this week. Coincidentally it has been a very long week this week! It's been a bit tricky getting all my hours done with the added noise and confusion but overall work was actually easier than the week before. Unfortunately though I've had very little time to get out on my bike, I've only managed one ride - I had been hoping to go for a two hour ride yesterday but was thwarted by a lack of sleep. Of course, yesterday turned out to be the brightest day of the year so far!

I bought a game for the 3DS last week - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The 3DS belongs to Nicky (it was his Christmas present) but he's said I can borrow it to play. Of course, I've not been able to play it at all yet whilst Nicky has been playing it quite a bit! I'm happy about it though - Zelda games have been some of the biggest highlights of my gaming life and I'm glad that Nicky can now appreciate it too. Speaking of games, I'm hoping to wa…

February

January has gone by really quickly and we're already a third through February. Maybe it just feels like the start of the year went quickly because I felt so tired and ill throughout it - I'm finally starting to feel human again now! I've even managed four bike rides in the last 8 days and am hopeful of getting myself back to full fitness (although I missed out on a place in RideLondon, boo!)


Rory was four last week. Those four years have gone by both extremely quickly and very slowly at the same time! We didn't do anything special, just took the kids to the local soft play so they could run around and wear themselves out. Kitty will be six in a couple of weeks and Nicky will be eight in April! It makes me feel old.

Not much else to write about really! It's cold again despite being brighter during the week. I'm looking forward to warmer and brighter days so we can kick the kids out in the garden after school so they get some exercise (although apparently they…

Cold

The year seems to be going quickly even though nothing much has happened. The snow has been and gone but it's still freezing cold. I've not been out on my bike much for a variety of reasons - lack of sleep being the main reason, but I've also been unwell and achey. I'm hoping I get a place in RideLondon so I'm forced to train! I caught up with my old housemates from university this weekend. It was great to catch up, it's been a few years since I'd seen two years of them. We went to the Four Quarters bar in Peckham which has a variety of old arcade machines - Asteroids, Time Crisis, Street Fighter II. They also had an N64 hooked up to a projector so I played multiplayer GoldenEye for the first time in over a decade! Had a few drinks too which unfortunately led to me falling asleep on the train home - only missed one stop but it meant an extra 25 minutes walking in -3C! Last night I went to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing the music of John Willi…