My July whole-month guest blogger – as opposed to my huge army of July challenge week contributors – is Kerri. Here is her first update.
- A few new things today to start this challenge off nicely. I had my 46th birthday – not had one of those before. I observed the 2 minute silence to commemorate the Somme whilst driving to work which didn’t seem quite right but there was nowhere to pull over. Got given a goat and a donkey as birthday gifts (sadly not real). Spent the afternoon at my work’s fun day which was good fun. And then finished off with a comedy night in the evening seeing 3 comedians who I hadn’t seen before. Phew!
- Read a car mechanics magazine. Also two non deliberate new things: won 10 euros on an Irish scratchcard and set fire to the wrapper of my cheese.
- Went to a Cambridge Open Studios event at Waterbeach Barracks. Discovered there is a Waterbeach barracks museum (fairly newly opened) which was interesting. The barracks was functioning when I lived here before but I’d never really thought about what it did, so it was interesting to find out that during WW2 a number of sorties left from Waterbeach, some on bombing missions and others to drop food parcels in the Netherlands and that Waterbeach was bombed. Also had a snoop round the barracks on my bike before retiring back to spend the afternoon in the garden on my new steamer chair.
- Tried sushi (yuk) and ran at over 8 kph for a prolonged period (and without being chased…)
- Another food related new thing: custard doughnut (yum yum yum), and went to a pub quiz that I hadn’t been to before.
- Went to a new town (Carrick upon Shannon) and to a museum about the famine in Ireland. The irony of there being a cafe attached to the museum wasn’t lost on me.
- Went to a tea party for Arthritis Ireland. Learned a new dance. It was a group dance so I danced with strangers. In the middle of the afternoon. Sober.
- Went for a walk around Lough Collin and found a rock with a face.
- Tried spare ribs. Very nice – will have these again! Started a book by an author I hadn’t read before. It’s set in Ireland. When I’m on holiday I like to read a book that’s based in the place that I’m in. It gives a sense of belonging.
- Went for 10k walk for charity. Rained for about 7k of it but the views were lovely.
- Went to Knock shrine. Strictly speaking I’ve been here before as a child so the new thing would be that I went there voluntarily as an adult.
- Tried a new recipe for risotto. Yum.
- Slow news day. Watched new TV show: Containment.
- Walked to Coton and had a lovely lunch at the Plough. Went to see Coriolanus.
I will be adding number three to my list as I didn’t know it existed, and I’ve been meaning to do the Coton walk and try the Plough for ages. I will do my best to steer clear of fire – although it could be one of my emergency back-up options.