NEVER GIVE UP

A writer, playwright, and blogger who has run with the olympic flame and completed the 2016 London Marathon. Wow! Read her story here.

The Debbie Watkins

This is not strictly writing related, but perhaps it is because it is written.  Yesterday I had the privilege to run the London Marathon.  Yes it was a privilege, because I had a place and many people I know didn’t get one.

I told very few people.  Why?
It is hard enough training for a marathon without having people asking how the training is going.  People mean well, but it is pressure I didn’t need.  I wasn’t running for charity, so I didn’t need to fundraise.  I also didn’t have to answer the dreaded time question.  As I told the Welsh running club on the train to Blackheath, I wanted to finish today.  Preferably before my train home.  As someone from Team Derby Runner says:  ‘It’s the finish line – not the finish time’.  Often there is far too much pressure on gaining a time and all running should be…

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It’s Wanting What You’ve Got….*

Count your blessings! Cameron, a highly inspiring blogger does so here. Read his thoughtful words and then check out his blog. He’s got a marvellous story to tell.

The worlds biggest fridge magnet

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

Today brings us yet another start to a new week. A week where anything is possible.

And that is what I want to talk about today.

We some of us go through life hitting ourselves over the head with a metaphorical book of “should have and should have not’s” wondering if we will ever learn from our mistakes, if we will ever get to where we want to be. If we will ever achieve what we truly think should be ours to achieve and if we will ever be content.

Well, nowadays the way I see it is that life is a journey and not a race. It took me years to realise that life is to be enjoyed as much as you can. Not to be searching for something that is always “just out…

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We did it!

My friend and fellow blogger Kirsty, and her young ladies, ran a “Bubble Rush” yesterday. Read all about it here and, if you wish, you may also sponsor her in raising funds for her local hospice.

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If you’ve been reading my last couple of blog posts, here and here, you’ll know that I had signed myself and 11YO up for a 5km ‘Bubble Rush’ in aid of our local hospice.  You’ll also be aware that I’m a bit of couch potato, and that the training was NOT going well.  The big day was yesterday… so read on to find out how it went…

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Swan update

This morning was lovely and sunny. Dad was raiding the small bird table.

swansun.jpgMummy obviously felt she could leave her 9 eggs to bask in the sun while she had a drink, a bite to eat, and a little leisure time. She came across the canal to hiss at me. I’d obviously outstayed my welcome!

Meanwhile a circus duck was practising his skills prior to getting on the tightrope.

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Do not disturb!

Last year a long term swan couple’s marriage was rent asunder when the pen was killed by a dog.

The cob was distraught and sailed forlornly up and down the canal looking for his wife. He disappeared for some considerable time and we all thought he had died of a broken heart, or had moved elsewhere to find solace.

We were overjoyed late last year when he reappeared with a new young lady friend and, eventually, they settled down to a leisurely life together.

I am pleased to announce that they are now actively nest sitting, although the cob is far more laid back than his wife.

Here he is snoozing and gently drifting:

While his wife keeps the nest warm:swannesting

I had a word and advised that he really ought to get back and help out:

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