Attempting ‘sporty’

I’ve decided that it’s time to give my list of Stuff I’d Like To Do Post-Exams another go. I’ve done Getting Excited About Stuff, which was good. I think next I’ll do Being Sporty. I mean my version of sporty, by the way. Which I think is most people’s version of mild exercise. I’m ok with that.

Yesterday I went on the most epic walk along the river, which was amazing. I came across a boat race, a mariner’s club open day, an outdoor art installation, open air theatre, a jazz concert, a music festival, an open-house day at a group of artists’ studios, two schools’ open days and a wedding in a gallery. It’s lovely what nice weather can do. I discovered loads of things that I’ve been walking past for years but never gone in. Huge stately homes and beautiful gardens. Funny little islands and secret passageways. Fantastic statues and royal residences. It was such a lovely way to spend a Saturday.

Even when rain threatened to stop play and I didn’t have a jacket, I soldiered through and it stopped in the end. Even when my shoes threatened to tear apart the backs of my heels (silly me for wearing the trainers I hardly use for a long walk), I found a shop and bought plasters and kept going. I had a London Walks guide book with me and had just picked the first in the list and was reading the information as I went around. It was great fun.

So I decided this week I am going to challenge myself to do something active every day. Not just a ten minute stroll to Waitrose. Actually active. I’ll keep you updated.

I also started NaNoWriMo a few days ago (National Novel Writing Month). You write 1667 words a day and in a month you have a 50,000 word novel! Finding time for it is a bit of a challenge but I’ve kept it up so far

10 responses to this post.

  1. The exercise thing is cool, but the NaNoWriMo thing is super exciting!! WooHoo go LLM! I wanna read it! My new novel is 36,419 words now. So I’m winning 😛 Seriously though, keep me updated. What’s it about?


    • As it’s in such a short time it’s totally unedited. You don’t pre plan anything or go back and edit. So it’s quite rough. You’re welcome to read it though, bearing in mind that it’s just me seeing whether I have the ability to write a novel.


  2. Sounds like it could have been a highly original “Famous One” adventure! Did you take some of that ginger beer & some sandwiches for a picnic? Did you find any treasure on any of those “funny little islands”?


    • I did have a sandwich but no ginger beer 😦 I stopped at Eel Pie Island, there was no treasure but there were loads of secret paths and houses hidden away. It was loads of fun.


  3. I do nanowrimo usually it’s for the month of Novemeber, anyway I’ve completed three years, the walk sounded great amazing what you see, we did a bike trail a few years ago which was fab, but it turned into a pub so easy to cycle when you’ve had a few.


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  6. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!


  7. […] a go. I did ‘getting excited about stuff’ and that was good fun. I did ‘being sporty’ and I still swim most days (people have started to comment on my arms in a complimentary way but […]


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