2. Besides that walk yesterday, I shared a Personal Training session with Pater to get us both energised again in our fitness programs. Jenna's so encouraging, and she keeps our workouts fun and just tough enough. Yesterday gave her the chance to see how much she can push us in the next programs she develops for each of us -- we'll book our next sessions individually, and she'll use those to take us through the new circuits. Then, as she's done with past programs, she'll give us a week or two to work through the exercises on our own in the gym here, after which we'll book one more session (individually, again) to see what needs to be fine-tuned. And then we'll work independently on these Circuits (she usually gives us three days' worth, for variety) until we're bored with them, which usually takes a month or so.
It's not clear I'll ever be able to get back to running the distances I loved running for so many years. After all, I'm 65 this May, and while many women are able to keep running into their 80s, even 90s, it's probably reasonable to think that many of us won't. I'm not giving it up completely, for now at least, but I'm so glad I committed to working with a trainer to develop other ways of maintaining fitness. Adaptation and variety and keeping it fun . . . .Biking season is almost upon us, and that will give me back some of the distance, at least. . .
3. Those Mason Bees -- I mentioned these earlier this week, and I posted a photo of the little box they arrived in -- it's currently in the fridge where the bees are hibernating until we get a consistent 13 or 14 degrees Celsius, at which point they can go outside to forage for blossoms. I've long wanted to keep bees, and while these won't make honey for me, they will pollinate the blossoms on our apple tree, and they will do it with minimal risk of stinging (and should they sting, it's more mosquito-like, apparently; the males don't even have stingers).
|and yes, the sharp-eyed among you will notice that I went out in my housecoat to take this photo for you. You're welcome ;-)|
The ten-bees-in-a-box complete the gift Paul gave me for my birthday last year -- a sweet little house for the bees to nest in, to provision its little cylinders with food for each egg, sealing the units with the mud that gives them their reputation for masonry. . . .
4. My second Birkin sweater proceeds apace -- I'm very pleased with the colour combination for the Fair-Isle yoke. I'd thought to keep the sweater neutral this time and chose the oatmeal and the cream colours for a simple, two-tone iteration. But when I got to the leaves, I couldn't resist knitting them again in the green leftover from the first version. And then that sweet blue just kept insisting it would look good in the mix as well. I surrendered. . . .
5. I could go on, with 6, 7, probably 8 and 9, for that matter, but Five is enough on a Friday. . . So if I have to make a choice, I will take you that I've finished booking trains and flights and the accommodation for four of our stopping places this upcoming trip. We still have ten or so unscheduled days which we'll spend in Croatia, but we're going to leave those a bit loose for now. I might write a bit more in a future post about how I research a route, explore the different ways of getting from Point A to Point B by train, how I decide where we want to stop along the way, and what are some sites I've found useful in making those decisions and in booking train tickets. Would you find that useful at all? For now, though, I'll just tell you that I've managed to work a Night Train into our journey. It's been a few years since we've been rocked to sleep in our little bunk beds, woken periodically by other travellers getting on or off at stops along the way, or by passport checks at borders. It's not a particularly good night's sleep, I'll admit, but I do think it's such a romantic one (and when I told the Nine, she was instantly envious and has suggested we plan such a train journey together, a "someday" plan. . . ).
That's it for the Friday Five. Now I welcome any comments you have about the post or about your weekend plans. We will be in the care of a Lively Pair, a Five and an Almost-Three, so I expect we'll be rather busy, but I'll pop in when I can and read what you've written. Or just grab your waves out of the air, if that's all you have time for. Ta-ra for now, as my Yorkshire rellies would say.