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Float & Borough

Today was a treat for Wayne and Kelly as we made our way to Float Works (it was Kelly's first time).
After having a relaxing float it was time for a bite to eat and thought that going to Borough Market would be good because of its wide range of foods, drinks and treats to eat but also the fact is was within walking distance and only a few steps away from Floatworks.

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Kelly and Wayne had never been before and I knew they would love it, with the endless choices of different world foods, drinks, ices and sweet treats from all over the globe, all of course homemade and served to order. Despite Borough Market being a busy place and the hive of all good food there is still plenty of places to sit down and enjoy your food and the bustling atmosphere. We all had something different to eat and also enjoyed some fresh juices and ice teas as today was exceptionally hot, could not have picked a better day to go to Borough Market. We was going to find a bar to have a drink in but that seemed to be everyones idea on such a hot day so instead head homeward and rounded the evening off nicely with a Chinese take away.

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A Day Not Being Mum

I am lucky that when I go to any theme park, I do not have to worry about what rides I can and cannot go on, I say that because this year I took Kelly to Thorpe Park and normally when Kelly goes to such places she has her boys with her who can only go on certain rides because of height restrictions or the fact the ride might be a little to fast or scary for them, even if you have the luck of going with another adult and doing the parent swap idea where one que’s up, goes on the ride and then they swap places after the ride, it is still very much a long winded process that can really eat into you day at the theme park. So this trip to Thorpe Park was extra special for Kelly as it was just an adults day out.
I wanted it to be extra special for Kelly by taking the driving element out for her and so I picked her up about 7:30am and took a pleasant drive there, allowing for plenty of time and hoping not to get caught in to much traffic, we arrived with plenty of time on our hands and had a good hour before the park actually opened and so drove a few miles down the road to find somewhere open to grab a coffee and a snack. We found a garage that served Costa coffee and sticky cake treats and it had a nice private parking area, so I parked up and broke the rule of allowing people to eat and drink in my car, well it was a special day out.

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After we had our cake and coffee we headed back to Thorpe park and this time when we arrived there was a few more cars and it was time to grab a parking bay and head to the gates and wait for them to open. Like so many other visits I wanted to get the biggest rides out of the way and so headed straight to ‘The Swarm’ but today the ride was closed so we headed for ‘Saw’.

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I had in my mind a plan of action that we would try and get as many main attractions out of the way at the start of the day and then if we wanted to go on them again I would buy fast track tickets for the individual rides. That was a special treat for Kelly as she had no idea that I was going to do that for her, I wanted her to experience the top rides in the best position, it is know as pole position, it is front row seats.

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The weather had turned out to be quite hot, in fact hot enough to go on the wet rides in the middle of the day rather than at the end of the day when you do not mind getting a little wet. How is it though, that Kelly actually did not get very wet at all, I took most of the soaking, oh well the day was hot enough that I dried off very quickly, we did however give ‘Tidal Wave’ a miss, that was taking getting wet to the extreme.

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The park was not busy so we did lots of rides several times and then only needed to do fast-track for three of the rides to be able to sit in pole position, we even managed to spend some time in the arcade and I had to have a go on the claw grabber machines and I won a cuddly toy, we also spend a few pounds in two pence’s on the penny flips and Kelly won a few things for the boys.

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All in all the day turned out brilliant, we had time to ride on all the rides, some several times, stop and have a spot of lunch with time to rest, go on the water rides and dry out and collect ride photos at the end of the day and then leave before the park closed, we actually left when we was tiered and could not rid anymore. Kelly and I are looking forward now to the next theme park visit later in the year.

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The Visit

I had not seen my mum and sister for quite sometime and missed the christmas break time last year to see them, so an overdue visit was in order.
Hayley was excited because she was waiting to visit so that she could go to Apple and get her iPad and one for mum too, what they did not relies was that I was going to treat them to an iPad mini each.
After picking them up from Morden, we decided to have a quick break and then head off to Kingston to buy the iPads as this was a bank holiday weekend and getting it done today was the quitest of days to do it, also it would both give them a chance to set up their iPads on the day they needed to rest up after their journey.
After getting mum and Hayley their iPad minis we headed over to John Lewis to get them a case for each of their devices as Apple only sell the smart covers and no protective cases that cover the whole device. Mum at the moment is really into the colour pink and she found the perfect case, Hayley also got the same case but in a nice bright green colour.
We turned this day from just a trip to Apple into a Kingston shopping trip but first was a visit to Montazuma's for a tea and in mine and Wayne's case, a hot chocolate break.
A shopping trip with mum and Hayley would not be complete without Hayley going into two or three shoe shops, strange this time round she did not buy any, she must be to excited about her new iPad.
After doing the usual mooch about the shops in some rather hot weather, we decide to head home and set up both their iPads and give them a chance to rest up before Ian made his debut, oh I do hope Ian remembered the promised peanut brittle for Hayley.

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Winter Warmer

There are three problems in a runners life, running in the height of summer, running in the cold winter and then there is injury.
Despite all our best attempts, injuries still occur when running or jogging and much as we try to avoid them for fear of breaking a training cycle, sometimes it just cannot be helped.
Take for example running in hot weather can negatively affect your performance with overheating and dehydration.

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Overheating is the result of inadequate cooling; when the body cannot keep up with the demands of evaporation of water from your skin. When the body heats up internally, it starts to sweat and sends more blood to the skin where it is cooled by coming into contact with the relatively cooler skin. However, while running, your body's demand for oxygen to the muscles means less blood will flow to the skin and this is when overheating occurs. And thus begins the tug-of-war within your body, especially if you want to keep up a certain pace. Either the blood (and oxygen) goes to your muscles to keep up with the pace demands and you start to overheat because less blood is going to the skin for cooling, or the blood goes to the skin for cooling, but less blood goes to your working muscles meaning you'll be forced slow down.
Dehydration is the process of losing fluid from the body, in this case through sweat. As you sweat you lose water and electrolytes. That's why drinking a sports drink containing electrolytes, as well as water, is so important. Because running in the heat exacerbates both overheating and dehydration, it is important to take precautions when running in the heat.
I have managed to use the lighter nights and extend running times to a cooler time but now one thing that is very new to me is that of running in the winter months.

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Falling temperatures and fewer daylight hours does not mean that your outdoor running routine has to go into hibernation for the winter. Running in cold weather can help shake those winter blues, boost your energy level but comes at a different pace.
There is nothing like a good run on a nice, crisp, sunny day. When the weather is perfect, not too hot, not too cold and your body is comfortable, your breathing is easy, and the sun feels warm on your face. These are the days when you love being a runner.
But then winter hits. You lace up your running shoes and go out for your usual run, and it is so cold your chest hurts when you inhale, and to top it off, the freezing wind dries out your skin. It is these cold winds that drive you indoors to either use your trusty treadmill or worse, makes you hibernate for the whole of the winter and fatten up just like the Christmas turkey only to have to start all over again in the new year.
Personally I am finding that after I got used to breathing in cold air and using my inhaler to help stop the cold air from forcing my breathing into a struggle. Running in colder weather pushed me further as my body wanted to run to keep warm and intern helped me cover a little more distance.
If anything my old knee injury is the problem to running in the colder months. I just need to keep that injury warm and then that will not be the excuse to not running this winter.

Wisley Gardens

Wayne and I spent the day at Wisley Gardens, near Woking in Surrey.
It was a great day out and the sunshine was with utmost of the day and I got to build up my portfolio as I just took lots of photos as usual. We had a bite to eat in a cafe prior to visiting the glasshouse and after a long enjoyable day we headed back via the gift shop, of course a day out would not be complete without a wander or purchase or two.

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We have had a bad summer this year, however one crop has grown despite the lack of sun and today I am noticing that the once green flowery stalks of the tomato plant has now started to produce fruit.

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