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Athletics……..

Now I’ve been an athletics fan for years, have been to many many events with my sister M and various nieces…..the bf has no interest.

Me and M have been to Manchester 2002 and Glasgow 2014 for the Commonwealth Games and Helsinki 2005 for the World Championships.  As well as many years going to the AAA’s and Crystal Palace, London. Oh the memories…. Manchester and the rain – a kip curled up under rain ponchos between sessions.  Glasgow – listening to Wet Wet Wet live whilst cheering on our guys on the track….the guy sitting next to me had been warned of awful singing, but said at the end of the gig how impressed he was that I was singing away and still knew what was happening on track.  Helsinki – falling in love with the place, walking into the stadium chatting to Lord Coe about football (I had my Norwich shirt on that day) and congratulating him on winning the bid for the London 2012 Olympics, and the rain….boy did it rain….

The 3 major events we’ve been too, we’ve gone for the whole 10 days of the events, going to every session.  Unfortunately, the idea of doing that for the London 2017 world Championships died on finding out ticket prices, a bit like the London Olympics.  For some reason going to London puts the prices up sky high. It cost for tickets, accommodation and travel about £800 to do Manchester, £1200 for Helsinki and £1500 for Glasgow.  London was at least £2000 for all of that.  And on top of that for those we wouldn’t have needed to apply for tickets, even if they hadn’t been part of the package deal.

Anyway….we applied for tickets so we could see certain events….the Women’s Javelin (Goldie Sayers hadn’t retired at that point) and the Heptathlon (didn’t know that Louise Hazel…a local girl….wouldn’t be competing either). Personally I would rather watch heats, than get to see a final and wonder what had happened to our boys…..  We will cheer anyone from Team GB on, no matter what the discipline, occasionally we will cheer on others such as Sally Pearson the 100m hurdler, because we’ve seen them come through over the years. Happily we got what we applied for, but minus Goldie and Louise….but we cheered on plenty of other brits.

As ever with these events the guys on the track make it what it is, and should be proud of their achievements.

Not so impressed with some of the crowd though.  I’m very anti drugs, even more so when it means that those that are clean lose out.  At Glasgow, I felt I had to cheer on Dwain Chambers, but I still haven’t forgiven him for what he did to Darren Campbell, Christian Malcolm, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis, where they had to hand back their 2002 European relay gold and 2003 World relay silver because of him.  Justin Gatlin was the main object of the booing, however not to stand for a National Anthem because of him, is downright rude.  The amazing bit was there were many athletes there who had served drugs bans, but because they wasn’t as well know, they were cheered on regardless…..the ex-athletes went mad on Twitter those few days, and rightly so……

The one person who stole the show was Hero the Hedgehog…..he was awesome and brilliant entertainment.

It was a great day out, gutted we couldn’t do more, but that’s the joys of major events in London, but saying that it never used to be that difficult to get tickets to Crystal Palace…….

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Daisy is being a cow!!!!

We had that fantastic run out to Sunny Hunny (Hunstanton) in Daisy, now she’s decided to live up to her name again and become a complete cow!

Friday was a nice evening, we though we’d go for a little run…..as we were off to the Kit Car meeting on Sunday. We stopped her engine….she then wouldn’t start again! After lots of naughty words from the bf, Saturday morning he went off to get a second had alternator from the local scrapyard.  A so Saturday afternoon was spent trying to work out what was wrong.  After even more naughty words from the bf and help from a couple of friends it was decided that a brand new sparking alternator was a good idea….so….no Daisy at the Kit Car meet….and it was the perfect day to go out and play with her, blue sky, a few clouds and glorious sunshine……

My logic (it can be quite random at times) is that; I’ve always said that the aim is to get her to a specific car show at the beginning of September.  I think she’s determined, that that show is when she’s first going to be shown off to the other members of the Kit Car Club, because that’s what I’ve always said.

The bf (he’s as nuts as me!)said it was because she knew there was going to be a couple of new cars (nice they were too) at the meeting, and she wouldn’t have been centre of attention!

Who is right is anyone’s guess, but she better behave once the new alternator is on her, we’ve now committed to that show and to a road run with the club a couple of weeks after…..

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Wow…that weekend went quickly….

I can’t believe where time has gone.  The weekend for me started Friday – it was my day off.

Friday was full of pretty nails (and gossip), stickers (loads) and the cinema and the obligatory trip to Mc Donald’s that goes with the cinema (salad for me!)  We went to see Dunkirk…..all I can say is it was amazing.  We was in the cinema for two hours allegedly, it only seemed like 30 mins – it really is worth watching.  It gave a fascinating insight into what happened.

Saturday started with Slimming World – 3.5lbs in the first week…I’m happy with that!  The afternoon was spent out playing in Daisy the Kit Car.  We met a friend who’s owned one of these for 20 years, who suggested shortish journeys to start with (The longest up until today was about 13 miles to my parents house to show them her), so he suggested meeting us about 20 miles away.  We ended up at Hunstanton, via Sandringham – photo stop at the Sandingham Gates – and a lot of back roads….great fun.  We enjoyed fish and chips at Hunstanton – you have to at the seaside don’t you – I was good and didn’t eat the batter on my fish, as much as I love it!  On the way home it started to rain, just lightly….thankfully, because I did get a little damp! 104 miles we did that trip, on 3/4 tank of fuel….hmmm………  Looking forward to the next outing!

Sunday was spent playing with Cherry, giving Daisy a once over as she’s now had a proper run and stickers……there were a lot of orders….it was a late night!!!

It all went far too fast, especially as I had the extra day…….

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Another great weekend……

Well it was a bit more than the weekend…..me and my sister M went to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

As ever we try to make a holiday of it, travel up on the Wednesday; they allow us into the track on Thursday so buy all the bits we want to buy, and usually go to the concert they put on; Friday is F1 practice day, and concert in the evening; Saturday is F1 practice and qualifying and concert; Sunday is race day and home time; Monday sleep day…….

Off we trundled, for some reason a little earlier than usual (whether it was because Rosie was so easy to pack, I can’t tell, but….) and stopped off at Brampton Hut McDonalds for bunch (neither of us had had breakfast) at around 11.30am.  Unusually there was a big queue coming out of the services, at the time we didn’t know why, and thought nothing of it, then we see a helicopter arrive…..something nasty had happened on the road.  On leaving (just after 12) we measured 5 miles of tailbacks on the opposite side of the A14.  It turns out that a lorry driver unfortunately lost his life, in a crash with 2 other vehicles at the roundabout, thankfully apart from M taking a detour through Northampton – she took the wrong road off – there was no other mishaps on the journey.

This year in her wisdom, M decided that we should try ‘Woodlands Campsite’, allegedly the best campsite serving the circuit.  Now, usually we use the Litchlake Farm Campsite, and over the last 13 years, it’s been great, just over the road to the circuit, easy to pop back to if needed, there’s been a couple of blips here and there, but it’s mobile showers and toilets in a big cow field not a 5 star hotel! Anyway, after driving a further mile or so past our usual site, we finally make it into Woodlands….so far so good.  We were booked into the ‘lively’ part of the site – now this is advertised as fun, friendly, showing people having BBQ’s and generally having a good time – reality, pack as many tents in as you can, a bit like sardines.  Rather than park along side your tent, as is usual, we all had to park in a long row, fair enough, but instead of allocating a set area for each tent, you got the pitch along side of your car, and that was it.  Luckily out tent has a side door, as the front door was unusable, next doors tent was 8 inches away, cars were about 2 foot away, and had to be walked around to get to and from the tents.  Basically if one tent had caught fire, there would have been at least 30 tents and cars gone up in flames before anyone got there to try and control it.  Needless to say our planned BBQ Wednesday evening turned into fried burgers and sausages!  The choice of this site was regretted within minutes of arriving.  Toilets and showers were quite good…..apart from the token system for hot water in the mornings – you was allowed 5 minutes of hot water, with a 1 minute warning before it went cold.  Also the hot water started 30 seconds after you put the token in instead of from when you turned the shower on.  Basically you had to get ready for a shower, come out of the cubicle, put the token in, then go back into your cubicle for the shower.  We had our showers in the evenings….there was copious amounts of hot water at 10pm!!!  There was entertainment at the site, a comedy stage (my worst nightmare, I don’t find comedians funny at all), a live stage, fairground rides, bars and food bits and a shop, all which was ok.  I’m not sure where the lively experience comes from within the camping, people didn’t really speak, hardly anyone stayed around their tents (hardly surprising), unless they mean the idiots who stagger back to their tents after everything is shut, around 12.30 shouting at each other.  And to make it all better, it was a mile walk to the circuit, which wasn’t a huge problem, but wasn’t very pleasant.  Not impressed at all.  Needless to say, we will be back at Litchlake Farm next year.  Strangely, someone we met on Litchlake Farm, goes to the GP every other year, last time he tried Woodlands, he didn’t like it either, he was back in Litchlake this year……

As for the F1…..

Thursday: We was lucky enough to get access to one of the pit walks, it was amazing, seeing the garages, watching pit stop practices….a highlight, seeing Lighting McQueen and Jackson Storm in one of the garages, another watching the Renault guys warming up prior to pit stop practice – morris dancing was a comment!  We did our shopping bits after, like you do….we were good took everything back to the tent (well Rosie), and went back in the evening for the concert.  This year it was Travis, who are really good, really enjoyed them.  The issue we had was that they hadn’t cleared the circuit, so people who hadn’t bought tickets, still got to see the concert….was happy about that!

Friday: Up early and in the circuit for 9am F1 practice session, this we decided to watch from the Becketts Grandstand…..a fantastic place to sit, but very very very cold and windy, it was so wrong not seeing Jenson Button out there.  For the afternoon practice we headed around to the Village Grandstands where a dustbin bag became my friend, and kept my feet and legs warm (I was wearing my Merrell sandals and shorts, as it was quite nice out of the grandstand) again a great place to sit, but very cold.  We hung around after the practice to wait for the evenings entertainment, as by the time we’d got back to out tent, we’d be turning around and heading back straight away, my nice new Silverstone chair perfect!.  This evenings entertainment was Sara Cox (BBC Radio 2 DJ) and her ‘Just can’t get enough of the 80’s’ set, with the bonus of Carol Decker and Modern Romance.  I love 80’s music, so I was in heaven!!  It was a fantastic evening.

Saturday: Headed into the circuit for 10am F1 practice session.  This time we headed for Club Grandstands – the last corner before the start/finish line and pit lane entrance.  So perfect, that we stayed for the 1pm qualifying session!  Again with my friendly dustbin bag!  Qualifying was exciting……gutted for some drivers (Daniel Riccardo) ecstatic for others (Jolyon Palmer, Lewis Hamilton, Fernado Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen).  It was during the wait between sessions that we established that the only drivers left still driving, since we started going to F1 in 2003 (Rubens Barrichello won) are Fernado Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, now Jenson Button isn’t driving.  We hung around again waiting (she watched some other racing, I wasn’t so interested) for the evening entertainment – Reef this time, they were good, but I wouldn’t pay to see them.

Sunday: Race Day; Up early again, we had the tent all packed up and was in the circuit by 10.30am in time for the F1 Drivers Parade and the ever amazing Red Arrows.  For the race, we have back row seats in Luffield (had the same seats for the last 3 years), we use picnic blankets (covered in Union Jacks) to block out the wind and rain (It’s a cold windy place is Silverstone, when you’re in a stand).  Our neighbours Ferrari fans who hate Lewis Hamilton (they would love him if he went to Ferrari). The drivers parade came and went, all drivers being driven around in classic cars.  The Red Arrows were as stunning as ever. 1pm arrives and the race starts….interestingly our grandstand was only half full…poor Jolyon Palmers car died during the formation lap, gutted.  It was a race full of excitement, the majority being in the last few laps.  Mr Smiley (Daniel Riccardo) had an amazing race he finished 5th after starting last.  Sebastian Vettel had a puncture and had to go for tyre change in the last couple of laps (a shame – NOT!). Kimi Raikkonen, did a tyre change the lap before, at the time we though it was a mistake, but as it happens it wasn’t and he got on the podium instead of Vettel.  Lewis Hamilton  led the race all the way, and couldn’t be faulted. Valtteri Bottas had a corker of a race too.  One of the best F1 races at Silverstone for a long time.  After the race we had  a little wander around part of the track, ended up at the start/finish line, which was packed, due to a certain Mr Hamilton still being in the pit lane and climbing fences. Then it was home time…..

Monday: Big lay in………  Tickets booked for next year – same seats again, next to the Ferrari fans – they booked their tickets at the circuit before the race………

 

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Goodwood Festival of Speed……

 

Wow, what a weekend….

We (the bf and M) eventually (the paperwork came through to register the kit car, so we filled it in and posted it) set off with a very full Rosie…..by full I mean we only had the 3 seats we needed as driver/passengers….

The journey was long, Rosie’s satnav took us through lots of different places, and seemed to avoid main roads and the Dartford Toll, but eventually we managed to meet up with our friends (RL & DS) at the Goodwood local Sainsburys, after the shopping (for food and drink) we headed to the campsite.

You’d think that finding a spot to put our tents would be simples…….oh no, not with the bf and RL.  We drove around in circles a couple of times, decided on a pitch, then they decided that they didn’t like that so we moved yet again.

Tents went up easily, well mine, the bf & M’s did, RL & DS’s one not so easy.  BBQ was eventually lit, and we settled in to a weekend of fun….

Thursday was what is classed as moving motors day…..if you get into the festival early enough, you get the chance to go in a new car up the hill climb….never managed it yet!!  The four days we were there, were spent wandering around the stalls and stands – sampling the hospitality of Land Rover (we forgot the Audi key), dribbling over beautiful cars wishing we had the money to buy just what we want, watching the hill climb, walking up that big hill (the forest is great when its hot and when it rains), getting covered in dust from the rally part, getting photo’s of lovely people such as the model Jodie Kidd and racing driver Martin Brundell.

It was a busy none stop weekend with lots of walking, we walked at least 35 miles over the course of the weekend….

I would recommend anyone to visit, even if it is just to dream about one day owning one of the super cars…..some of them you even get to sit in….

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It’s been busy……

I can’t believe where time has gone these last few months.  Both work and play have been busy, a case of not being sure where to turn.

WORK……….

Work has calmed down for now….just as well I’m on holiday next week, off to Goodwood Festival of Speed for the weekend.  It really has been manic.  I had my appraisal back in the second week of May, I’ve now only just got around to filling the forms in.  The issue with work at the moment is that we have a new contract starting at the beginning of July, and for some reason, it seemed really really important to get most of our schemes done before it starts, don’t know why as we’re still with the same contractors, but…..  Anyway, where I was planning on spacing all my schemes over the financial year, almost two thirds of them had to be completed between April and the end of June……not helpful at all, especially with an interfering boss!

PLAY……

Play has been good…..

The bfs Kit Car is now officially roadworthy, I am so so proud of him.  The IVA (Individual Vehicle Assessment) went so well….all he needed was cable tie around some loose wires, a 50mm length of insulating tape over the ends of some bare wires (he hadn’t quite covered the properly) and a 19mm socket to adjust the headlights.  Even the testers said that it us very unusual for a kit car to pass this text first time.  Now its time to deal with the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) to register the beast, fingers crossed she’ll be road legal by mid July.

I changed my car…..I now have my Rosie……
I’ve been to the cinema a couple of times, in the nice new local shiny cinema. Wonder Woman, was ok, not sure of it. The latest Pirates of the Caribbean….awesome, better than the last couple.  The new Transformers tonight.

Stickers, stickers and more stickers……..

And we’ve been attempting the gym…..I need to, to help with the short walk I’m doing next May.

Oh and we had a General Election……that was a busy one.  My polling station had over 75% turn out!

It’s all go…… I’m so looking forward to next week, not that it looks like playtime is slowing down…….

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It was my birthday yesterday…..

I’m telling everyone that I turned 1……I don’t go into double figures, all numbers get added together until I get a single number, so I never get older than 9.  I used to say the length of time I’ve had my driving licence was my age, but I’m not sure I like that figure so much now, but don’t tell one of the nieces, she was born a month before I passed my driving test!

I was totally spoilt….a beautiful bag from my sis; jewellery from my parents; iPod for Rosie (my Land Rover) and some walking sandals from the bf; a few bits from the bf’s parents, including the Bat Out of Hell tickets (his mum won them, and gave them to us) amongst other bits and pieces……  Also lots of lovely messages through social media.

Work was ok……could’ve been worse, I achieved a lot during the day.

London was lovely, very vibrant and saying ‘up yours’ to those wanting to cause trouble – Bat Out of Hell was fantastic.

All in all a great day….a long one, but great……