Whenever Olley and I go anywhere, even for just a day or two, I get him to take photos of me so that I can share them with you on my blog. So often, though, the photos stay on the memory card or in my phone and never see the light of day. This is partly because I don’t get around to writing to you often enough, and also because I don’t want to make it look like I have the life of Riley, gadding about the country having fun whenever I’m not at QVC (although of course that is the truth – I DO have the life of Riley, and I’m very grateful for it!).
A couple of weeks ago we headed up to the Lake District to visit my brother Pete and his wife Hazel, who live in Ulverston. We always love it there whatever the weather. It was a relief to get there after a seven and a half hour journey troubled by endless motorway queues and roadworks, but the stresses just lift away as soon as I see the mountains. The weather was cold and windy but generally dry, so we managed to get out to see a fair bit, although the high passes were closed due to ice and snow.
This time of year there are blissfully few people out and about and you can really recharge depleted batteries by walking in the hills and drinking in the beautiful (and sometimes bleak) landscapes. And, also, by drinking in the cosy log fire-warmed pubs at the bottoms of the mountains! Pete and Hazel are fell runners (a mad group of people who gain pleasure from running up and down mountains as fast as possible) and they know their way around the footpaths and trails almost as well as they know the local hostelries, so all we have to do is follow them – albeit at a slightly slower pace!
On the day we left they were running a race from the church at Whicham, near the west coast, to the top of Blackcombe 600 metres above and back. I decided to walk it as I’d heard that you can see Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man from the top. When I got there I could barely see my outstretched hand to take a ‘selfie’ photo as it was so foggy – good thing there was a path to follow or I could have ended up walking in endless circles!
I didn’t take Barney the dog up there as he’s getting on a bit – he’ll be sixteen in July – so he doesn’t go too far nowadays, but he enjoyed some gentle walks around tarns and in woodland. I took off on my own several times for a longer walk as I’m starting to train for the Moonwalk – a charity walking marathon in aid of breast cancer. I’m part of Team QVC which includes Jackie Kabler, Ali Keenan and Debbie Flint, plus Abi Cleve our Ultrasun guest.
I ran the London marathon over 30 years ago but I was young and fit then. Walking the same distance during the night may prove to be a little harder, so I need to get some decent miles into my legs before May 16th. Jackie has set up our sponsorship page so if you feel you’d like to support us – every pound helps in the fight against breast cancer – feel free to take a look here!
No doubt there will be many photos taken while we stride the streets of London and I promise I will put some of them up on this blog. But I’m aware that I have so many photos that I only ever enjoy on a screen and wondered whether QVC have any little printers to help me make some old fashioned photos of them. I spotted this little printer on our website, which has good reviews. I might just treat myself; I’ll let you know how I get on with it – and I might just get around to showing you a few more memories of some of my days out!
In the meantime, I’d better get on with my life of Riley!
Hope you are all well and enjoying life,