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Barney and me by Lake WindermereHello again,

You'll be thinking that all I ever do is gallivant off to various parts of the country for lovely walks and to eat, drink and be merry. In fact, you'd not be far wrong, as Olley and I have just spent the weekend in the Lake District staying with my brother Pete to help celebrate his 50th birthday. (Yes, it even comes to little brothers, eventually. He's the third of the four of us to get there.)


Brother Pete and his wife HazelThe weather was forecast to be dreadful, and it mainly was, but we were lucky enough to see some Saturday sunshine before retiring to one of Pete's favourite pubs (the Newfield Inn in Seathwaite) for an evening with friends and family to mark his half century.

As we set off on our walk we met a couple of his friends from the Black Combe fell runners' club that Pete is captain of.


Bridge over the River DuddonThey were heading off on a little afternoon exercise – a 17 mile run up hill, down dale, through bog and over crag – which they expected to take in the region of 4 to 5 hours. Wow!! Put our afternoon stroll to shame. When they returned several hours later we were already in the pub, and they joined us after washing down in the mountain stream nearby! A different breed of people…


SceneryReturning south through torrential rain and dreadful driving conditions, we reflected on another weekend that felt like a mini holiday. With the constant commitment to our active children waning as they become more independent, our weekends are not always dictated by who is doing what, where and when. Although we will always support them, and love watching their various exploits, Olley and I see a future where we can head off on our own a little more.


Passing a motorhome on the road re-ignited a dream we've been nurturing for a number of years now. The freedom that travelling with your own bed would give us is so appealing, whether we're thinking of a mega trip around Europe (I fancy Norway, Olley favours France) or a weekend break exploring parts of Britain.


Claire Sutton wished so hard for a gypsy caravan for her garden that her dream came true (see an earlier blog of hers) so maybe if I cross my fingers often enough, we may find a suitable vehicle that we can afford. If so, we could be heading off into the sunset even more often than we do now. A lovely thought!

Take care,

Kathy x


  1. cyl May 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy so glad you had a nice weekend away like you me and my husband thought at our age of 55 and 57 and after 39years of marriage we would have some “OUR TIME” then grandchildren came along and as much as we love then ages 3 6 and 12 we don’t have time for me time so Kathy make the most of your me time for now.

  2. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen May 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    good to hear from you kathy.hope you are well iam fine

  3. Susan May 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    What a lovely blog again. You and Olley sound like such a wonderful couple – you can just feel the contentment and love. I’m so glad you got to your brother’s 50th – how lovely of you to say half a century lol! Well it is the truth! You really are an active family though..you in your competing days, your daughter and son and now your brother’s antics!! It will be lovely for you to have a bit more time on your own with Olley I’m sure. You need it as a couple and your kids have done very well to be independent at young ages…isn’t Billy just 18!? Enjoy your ‘freedom’ when you can have it…just right. Don’t forget Billy’s snowbaording blog!!
    Susan x
    PS Just read Ali’s replies today and she seems to be struggling a bit…natural I suppose…but lovely you, Claire and Debs have been to see her x

  4. Marion Madden May 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy. My husband has always wanted a motorcaravan. He said once we retired we should sell the house and buy one then tour the country like old hippies.

  5. Lisa May 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy it sounds like you had a lovely weekend in the Lake District. How nice that you are now able to spend more time with your husband and enjoy the time together as a couple. Me and my husband have a motorbike and it is so nice weather permitting to just get up and travel around our beautiful countryside at our own pace and stop off for lunch and not worry about anyone else except ourselves, sheer bliss!! Don’t hesitate to long with regard to your motorhome just follow your dream and make the most of your lives. Take care xx

  6. Kathy t May 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Cyl
    Wow – you married young! 39 years of marriage at 55 is brilliant!!! I’m 52 and we celebrate 35 years in September, but grandchildren are still a far way off, I feel. So yes, we will have a little ‘us’ time to enjoy together. I’m sure your 3 are gorgeous, if tiring.
    Enjoy them!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  7. Kathy t May 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Sorry, make that 25 years. Slip of the finger!
    Kathy x

  8. Kathy t May 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Good to hear from you, too, Martin. And I’m glad you’re doing well – and I’m fine as well, thanks.
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  9. Kathy t May 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Sue.
    Thanks for your lovely comments, as always. I promise that my next blog will be about Billy and what he is planning. (After the Olympic one already posted.) He is actually only 16, and sitting his GCSEs from Wednesday. So our house is suffering from exam fever at the moment, although I have to say Billy is not feeling the effects quite as much as I would like!! Charlie is revising hard for his first year exams at Uni, and we have occasional calls when he’s feeling stressed, but Bex has already handed in her dissertation so overall we’re coping!
    Talk to you soon.
    Kathy x

  10. Kathy t May 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marion.
    Touring around like hippies sounds so appealing, doesn’t it?! I’m not planning to leave QVC anytime soon, so long term travelling isn’t going to happen for a while. But weekends away are a great way of keeping daily stress in control, so lots of those planned.
    We can dream!
    Take care
    Kathy x

  11. Kathy t May 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lisa.
    You offer sound advice – none of us know what is around the corner, so we really need to make the most of every moment while we have it. And it sounds as though you and your husband know exactly how to enjoy yourselves.
    Olley has a motorbike, and I used to ride one when I couldn’t afford a car. When I was 19 I rode pillion down to the south of France for a wonderful holiday – I still remember the powerful sense of freedom we had. I’ve not been keen to ride too far or often with Olley as I don’t want to take the chance of us both being wiped out leaving the children with neither of us. Olley says I must think I’m the Queen!! Anyway, I suppose now they’re older I should just go for it if I feel like it.
    But I think I’d prefer a motor home – more comfortable at night!
    I hope this better weather stays so you can enjoy a few trips to the countryside.
    Do take care, though.
    Kathy x

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