Having returned from my travels around France in the camper van with Olley (more of which in my next blog), I'm now home and watching the television coverage of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
I doubt these Games will create quite the nationwide excitement and involvement that we enjoyed two years ago when London hosted the Olympic Games, but these Friendly Games, as they are known, have so much to offer.
Competitors from tiny island nations from the Pacific will be up against some of the best known names and biggest stars in sport. Swimming and athletics feature of course, as do gymnastics and cycling, but so do netball, squash, lawn bowls and table tennis.
I didn't manage to get tickets to attend but I will certainly be glued to the TV whenever I can, supporting all our athletes and sports people, but with special attention to one…
Pippa Woolven is a friend of my son Charlie, from when they were at school together. She is a brilliant athlete and if you look through my blog archive all the way back to May 2012, you'll read my account of how we watched her win the British University Athletics Championships 2000m steeplechase when it held in the Olympic Stadium.
Pippa has since won a scholarship to study and train at Florida State University in the USA and is beginning to realise her exceptional talent. She clocked a superb personal best time earlier this year, which qualified her for Glasgow.
Just a few days after her 21st birthday, on Wednesday 30 July, she will be on the starting line for the Women's 3000m steeplechase. It's one of the toughest events on the track, but Pippa's seemingly endless legs (and the hours of technique and fitness training she has put in, of course) make light work of the hurdles and water jump in this exhausting obstacle race.
I've just spotted Pippa with the England team as they parade around Celtic's Hampden Park – it looks as though she is having the time of her life! It must be such an amazingly uplifting feeling to be part of a team in an event like this – an opportunity of a lifetime and an experience to be remembered for a lifetime. Although I enjoyed success in my sport of Modern Pentathlon, I didn't have the chance to compete in a multi sport event – the Olympics didn't include my sport for women until Sydney 2000 and I was long retired by then!
I'm sure everyone representing their nation, standing in the stadium as I write, must be feeling a massive sense of anticipation, excitement – almost euphoria – at the moment. Simply to be part of something like this is so special.
So I hope all the contestants in Glasgow have the time of their lives, are proud to be taking part and perform to their best. I hope the Games lift the spirits of all of us in the UK as we watch and cheer, but most of all I hope Pippa savours every moment of what is already a huge achievement, just by being there. Give her a cheer for me when you see her!