Just a quick update (I know, it's been a while!!)
Some of you may have heard me rambling on about a recent trek in Israel. Well yes indeed, I'm feeling rather chuffed and about to blow my own trumpet a tad, as personally I do find it rather difficult to believe – I actually completed 50 miles in 3 1/2 days (that's three and a half and not thirty one!!)
Everyone asked was it as hard as you thought… my honest answer is no, because I so didn't have a clue what to expect. Would I do it again? No, but I do have a taste for it and may well book different ones. What an experience.
It was hot, hot, hot – 38 degrees most days!! I did meet some amazing people; there were 18 of us in total. I was the only one from the UK; the rest came from the States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Great bunch and I'm definitely staying in touch with quite a few of them. I've decided to describe the event briefly for you in terms of pros and cons.
- Great camaraderie
- Wonderful scenery
- Real challenge
- Sense of achievement
- A guide who wasn't sure if she had done the trek before (Probably actually did about 170 miles instead of 50 as she kept getting lost)
- Not being told that on the first day we were ascending 10,000ft. (Probably just as well actually)
- Being up to my knees in swamp-like mud and insects for about seven hours and then being told by our guide that this was called "The Valley of Doves"!! (Thought of several alternative names myself, but none suitable to put on a blog!!)
- Having to sort out an emergency dentist on arrival for a so-called abscess and then spending two days looking like a puffer fish as an allergic reaction developed to two lots of antibiotics!! Honestly, you couldn't make this stuff up!!
- And then the daddy of them all was getting a call from one of our lovely producers asking if I was in my dressing room as I was doing the Morning Show!! Oops, major error on my part with my holiday forms. Good old (or not so old) Anna amongst others saving the day.
Anyway I must stop waffling as I have loads to do before our major studio move. It's the end of an era and my last shows at QVC Towers. Still the new place is amazing. I'm not very good with change, but when I visited our new place last week… well now I just can't wait to get there.
On my next blog, look out for a couple of photos of my trek (just scenery, not me!!!) and also one of a salad that I had when I finished my saga. Intrigued? You will be.
Love to you all and hope you enjoyed the weekend celebrations