This week I went up to Edinburgh with my good friend Kirsty. We had initially planned to go to Amsterdam this week, I even got my passport in March, my first one as well. However last week, Kirsty received a letter saying the ferry hadn’t been booked but they could offer Bruges or a refund. Kirsty tried Bruges and that was fully booked. So the option was Edinburgh or a refund, so we opted for Edinburgh. I’m so glad we did.
We had a long bus trip on the Tuesday, which didn’t seem to be as long as the trip back, but that might be due to how tired I felt. Lots of fresh air and walking can do that to you.
I learned so much while away. I realised how I can’t relax enough. My brain always working overtime. What I did love was just watching the scenery go by on the way up. We have such a beautiful country. From miles and miles of fields and hills to various architecture in our cities. Some are a bit weird and some stand tall and proud.
Two of my favourite things were finding the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book and the Frankenstein pub. Both truly amazing places. The Elephant House had so much to offer. It just felt magical to me. Including the toilet walls being covered in messages from Harry potter fans. truly amazing. Sorry for any spoilers.
The Frankenstein pub had some amazing decor. A great place for a wedding reception and the food was just beautiful. We had a chicken and sweetcorn chowder each, although I had sweet potato fries with mine, Kirsty had just chips. I would highly recommend this pub.
The rest of the day was spent exploring Edinburgh after we had a bus tour on the way in, and we wanted to explore the streets ourselves. Who knows how many miles we actually covered as both our phones died before we got back to the hotel.
I also learned that I don’t have a clue when it comes to budgeting for a holiday, but we live and learn as they say. So onto the next holiday. There’s so much to explore, so much to see and do I just need to make a list and sort a budget out.
So feel free to comment below and let me know where I should jet off to. Next year so far has Wales and London on the list.
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So after a week of not running I decided that today would be when I did my 10th Parkrun. I thought about leaving it but then I wondered when I would get time free again and I just decided to do it. Not feeling great yesterday or this morning I wasn’t aiming for time. However, after setting off a bit to quick trying to catch a friend, I slowed down and kept telling myself although my pace felt slow I was doing ok.
On the second lap I caught up with Anne who was running with two young lads (as under 11’s need an adult) and one was lagging behind, and the other was trying to shoot off. So I yelled that I would run with him while she ran off. I asked him if he was ok and he said he needed to walk. So we did, and then he shot off with me having to up my speed. this happened on and off a couple of times. On the last part I said to him how about a sprint finish, he replied ‘no I need to walk’. Next minute he sprinted off with me trying my best to keep up and only just getting to the finish line in time. It was an amazing feeling. Best bit was I didn’t know what to do with my barcodes and just handed both over.
After Park run we all head down to the cafe for a catch-up, coffee and sometimes cake. A small group of us do token sorting. We sit around sorting them into piles awaiting to be put back on the string for next week. Even the kids get involved. Today they seemed a little restless, so I offered to take them outside to burn some energy off. I ended up playing tig and hide and seek for a good hour. by the time I finished I felt like I had done another Park run. It was awesome.
It’s 3 years now since I was introduced to this lot and I’m so pleased. I just wish I had more Saturday morning’s off to catch up with them. Park run is an amazing thing to. It brings so many people together, different ages, sizes and abilities and it’s such a beautiful sight to see. I feel so blessed to be a part of it. And now a year on after my first one at Roundhay, I’ve completed my 10th at Woodhouse Moor, and I couldn’t have asked for a better run. sometimes you just have to get out there and do it.
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Yesterday I volunteered at Cross Flatts Park Parkrun. I knew from the beginning of the week the shift before wouldn’t be a fun one and I was right. The lack of sleep proved this as I couldn’t sleep until 3 and I was back up at 6am.
Parkrun (see here for your local one ) is a free event held in various parks across the country. You can walk it, jog it or run it. It’s run solely by volunteers every week. From pre-set up, marshelling on corners, to giving out tokens so people can get their times. It’s such a brilliant idea and people of all ages and fitness meet every Saturday morning for a 9am start to complete a 5k race.
Yesterday, a lady came to Parkrun to tell us about the events going on on a Sunday and asking if anyone would like to help. Today was about a folk band and next week it’s a dog show. I put myself forward for both. Today, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but to see the park come alive in such a way was an amazing thing to see. People giving up their time to create an event for people to go to on a Sunday afternoon. There was craft events for the children and face painting. Book and bric-a-brac sales. The group also provided homemade cake and supplied tea and coffee for as little as a £1 each.
I helped set up the chairs and tables then I spent most of the afternoon helping in the kitchen, by washing up and then collecting pots and plates. I also got chance to listen to the folk band. It was so beautiful and uplifting.
Today’s music was Alistair Russell & Chris Parkinson Folk Band. Two amazing gentleman playing some beautiful music. Sadly I can’t upload the videos but if you follow this link to Spotify you can hear some of their music.
As with yesterday the talk did go to the fact that not enough people volunteer. Not enough people give up their time for events like these or park runs but somehow they’re always pulled off and everyone has a great time. I throughly enjoyed today and it made me realise how much I enjoy helping people. And that my next goal is to find something, whether it is work or my own time. I need to find something that enables me to get the feeling I’ve had over the weekend. I just don’t know how.
But I do know is that if you do have the time, even an hour to spare just go volunteer. It’s a great experience and you get to meet some amazing people. And in nearly all of my experinces there is always cake!
Find out more of what is going on at Cross Flatts Park here
Also here at South Leeds Life
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Source: Book Club – Leeds
Book Club (Louise Hay – You can heal your life)
As well as specialising in things holistic and complimentary we at New Beginnings at one time hosted the book club on the now sadly closed South Leeds Community radio station. We’ve decided to bring back the book club but from the more accessible Costa coffee on Briggate, Leeds
As we are all about positivity and healing the new book club will be for those who wish to read spiritual books (not necessary religion though), self help books, other general positive works and no doubt throwing in our favourite decluttering books to chat about. The choices are endlessTo start with we will be discussing Louise Hay – You can heal your life
Good reads blurb: Louise’s key message in this powerful work is: “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” Louise explains how limiting beliefs and ideas are often the cause of illness, and how you can change your thinking…and improve the quality of your life.Don’t worry if you don’t get chance to read it, please still come along and join the discussion. We also invite you to bring a choice for the next club and be a part of the forward planning discussion. Appreciating not everyone works Mon-Fri & 9-5 we thought this could be an evolving event where we can choose dates between us dependent on the best work patterns and also change venues whenever we feel like it. Maybe in August we could meet in the park & bring picnics?? We want the events to be as inclusive as possible. Everyone has something to share and bring to the chat.
If you are coming along please drop us a line on the facebook event