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Hi folks,

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.

Pros

  • Great camaraderie
  • Wonderful scenery
  • Real challenge
  • Sense of achievement

Cons

  • 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
Anne xxx

 

9 Comments

  1. Laurie June 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Anne
    You could def not make that up! I would have loved to have seen you face when you got that phone call asking if you were in the dressing room!!
    You only live once Anne so what an experience-next time the Cairngorms?
    xx

  2. Susan June 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Oh I’m so glad you made it to Israel and back in one piece…more or less!! I sooo look forward to your blogs! They’re always filled with interest, fun and just the right length. You’re such a laugh and inspiration. I can just imagine all the troops with you and you all having a giggle. Hadn’t heard you talk bout the trip so lovely to hear an insight here. You’re a marvel! Emergency dentist though and a call from prducer and up to your knees lol. You’re a true comedian!
    Well take a rest from your walking and Zumba and of course your carer activities for a while if you can!
    Chat soon,
    Susan x

  3. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen June 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    good to hear you anne all the best for move to chishick

  4. Christine Harman June 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Well done Ann great achievement. What about the West Highland Way next Glasgow to Fort William. My brother and sister in law did it a couple of years ago, said it was fantastic .Think it’s about 90 mls. Go on girl you can do it
    Regards Christine

  5. michelle moore June 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    well done anne that is brillant what you have done on you recent trek in israel.

  6. angela cruddas June 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    I always read the presenter blogs but never comment on any of them but wow what an achievement you have really changed your life this last year I read all about your Zumba and I was inspired soo much [I haven`t done any serious exercise since i left many years ago i am an ex airstewardess with three small children] well I now do three zumba classes a week I am totally addicted!! also i`d like to mention that my ten year old son and his classmates[all ten of them] are away to scotland in the morning to walk John Muir walk 50 miles in five days!!!!1 they are raising money to make an outdoor classroom at their school he`s really looking foreward to it me, not soo much
    Take care, Angela x

  7. Elaine June 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    Anne
    Reading one of your earlier messages, I can recommend the West Highland Way – it’s beautiful – even in the rain!! I’ve e-mailed QVC about an exercise programme called Zumba Gold designed for less able or more mature folks – any chance you could have a look at it? It would really open things up for a lot more people!!
    By the way, loved the yellow top you were wearing last night on the show – hope it’s available to buy!
    Elaine x

  8. Susan July 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Long time no hear…but of course see you on ‘the telly’. Just have to say I just love your gorgeous hair!! It’s so long and so blonde and I really think you look perfect! I think you look younger and fresher now than you EVER have! Have you been to Italy recently? You have a lovely glow. Always love your shows and style. Hope to hear from you soon,
    Susan x

  9. Jay May 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Anne … I’m enjoying catching up on the presenter’s blogs. Just seen the new suitcases coming up. Could you please ask ‘someone’ to weigh the cases and put on the web site as these days the weight is most important when buying to use on flights. Hope that’s possible and really looking forward to seeing them :-)

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