Good Friday, Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

We March On, Walk All Over Cancer.

We March On, my 31 days are up. I did 316,991 recorded steps (any many more unrecorded), an average of 10,224 steps per day and walked over 120 miles in March, but the battle continues.

We March On

Thank you to everyone who has donated on my page – bless each and every one of you, your families and friends.

PLEASE CLICK HERE if you can spare a few quid to support the work of Cancer Research UK

Cancer has cast a huge shadow over my life since 2002 when Ce, my wife, was fist diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She was one of the lucky ones and we count our blessings every day. I remember that after she had surgery she was in a recovery ward with several other ladies – not all of them were as lucky as we were. Ce’s Cancer has returned as Secondary Bone Cancer.

The care and treatments she receives are fantastic and we count our blessings ever day. Research and development of new and improved treatments give us hope for a better future for our family and friends.

I had a brush with skin cancer a couple of years ago and received fantastic treatment and support too. The moment when a consultant sits you down and tells you that THIS IS SERIOUS changes everything and every day people are hearing it.

Cancer survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years. Consistent progress is being made but improvements to technology and ground-breaking work offer new opportunities to find different ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and improve survival rates even further.

We have to fight, we have to win for future generations. Thanks for reading this, together we will beat Cancer, never give up the fight.

My original motivation was that I needed to get walking again and Cancer needs to be beaten – so by making the commitment to walk 10,000 steps every day I was hoping to get mobile and contribute some of my own cash to the fight. 31 days later what do I know?

Well as an Englishman my first observation has to be that the weather this March has to have been the most challenging in years! Parts of the Country have been brought to a standstill twice by snow, even down here on the South Coast things have been disrupted.

PLEASE CLICK HERE if you can spare a few quid to support the work of Cancer Research UK

We march on, I’m going to keep walking, giving and hoping.

Good Friday, Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

Good Friday Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

Good Friday Walk All Over Cancer Challenge day 30. When I was growing up Good Friday was always a holy day in our house, a day for quiet reflection and church. Yesterday evening a few people started to make donations to my page and I am truly humbled by their generosity PLEASE CLICK HERE. Cancer hits so many people, so many families and I believe every penny given helps as the fight to find better treatments and cures goes on. We’ve lived with Cancer in our lives for over sixteen years now and we’ve seen incredible steps forward, we’ve also lost dear friends along the way, so once again as I walked today my mind was filled with memories, love and hope.

Good Friday Walk All Over Cancer Challenge

My Good Friday Walk All Over Cancer was wet from start to finish as is illustrated by the pictures. It was raining as I left home and it was raining when I got back, I think it stopped for a while but it was a day when I had to stick to footpaths rather than venture off.  The first and last pictures are from what I call the Foxhills underpass on my way out and then back to Ashurst. This middle picture below was from a house out that way where the residents made me smile with their sense of humour 🙂Good Friday Walk All Over Cancer Challenge

My Good Friday Walk All Over Cancer Challenge soundtrack was more of the Ken Dashow Beatles Revolution podcast, some Beatles and finally a few tracks from Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly.

I was home before 11am having completed over 11,000 steps, now it’s time for a toasted hot cross bun and coffee.  Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this small challenge. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Good Friday Walk All Over Cancer Challenge

Good Friday, Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

Still On Track, Walk All Over Cancer.

Two days left and I’m still on track … just! Since my last post about my brilliant walk with Ian two things have happened – first the blood blister on my heal has made walking very painful and secondly it rained … it rained a lot.

For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m doing the “Walk All Over Cancer” challenge to walk 10,000 steps every day during March.  I’m now slightly ahead of the target with just two days left. I’m not making a huge thing about sponsorship, I’m making a few   small donations to the charity as I go along, but if you would like to “raise a mug of tea” to my efforts then a couple of quid would be fantastic via my page PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Still on track

So Wednesday was walking where walking was required. I didn’t get out for a proper walk but managed to hobble around Ikea and to the shops for milk and ended up still on track.

Today the foot felt a lot better so after I’d done my work for the day I ventured out in the rain for an hour or so.

Still on track

As for the soundtrack, it was another Podcast day listening to Ken Dashow’s Beatles Revolution – highly recommend to music fans especially Beatles lovers. PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Two more days and I’m still on track – please keep everything crossed for me.

Still on track

 

Good Friday, Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

Tonne Up ~ Walk All Over Cancer

I can’t believe it, that’s the Tonne Up! A Tonne (or Tun) Up Kid was a biker who had done 100mph. Well, today I passed ONE HUNDRED MILES for the month in the Walk All Over Cancer Challenge!

AND I’m finally back ahead of schedule – that is to say I’ve now done over 270,000 steps in 27 days – BUT last time I boasted (I don’t think it was a boast, more a pat on the back) about being in control, it all went wrong. So as I type this, having just had a blood blister lanced, I’m really hoping these next four days go to plan and I can complete the challenge.

Tonne Up

The Tonne Up was a result of going out twice today. The weather was wet when I woke up so I had some breakfast and then headed out for a 45 minute starter which went well. I then completed a few chores round the house and items from my “to do” list before venturing out again – and just as I was putting on my coat the doorbell rang and there was my friend Ian who said “I’ll come with you”. Bless him, I think he dragged me around the last two miles heading home!

Ton Up

Following on from yesterdays radio show my Tonne Up soundtrack for the first walk of the day was Deaf School‘s album from last year “Let’s Do This Again Next Year”. Then Ian joined me for the second trip and we talked all the way around – and while we stopped for lunch at The Happy Cheese.

If you’d like to make a small donation to Cancer Research UK please click here to go to my page.

Tonne Up

  • By the way, I now have total respect for the Proclaimers. I used to think they were just a pair of funny Scottish blokes who could put a pop song together but walking 500 miles and then 500 more … flippin’ ‘eck!
Good Friday, Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

The Long Weekend Walk All Over Cancer

I’m back with my report from The Long Weekend. A lot has happened since Friday morning. I didn’t really get the chance to walk much more on Friday afternoon but I had already done my 10,000 steps in the morning.

Saturday was my first wedding of the year. Vicky and Rob actually got married in Canada earlier in the month, this was their party for all their friends and family having returned on Thursday. They chose the Bartley Lodge for their celebration and I must say the service they received was excellent. I’ll write a proper blog about the evening soon, suffice to say a great time was had by all … including me.  My step count for the day didn’t quite hit the 10,000 mark – but that’s not what was important, Vicky and Rob’s party was all the mattered.

The Long Weekend

Sunday started very well because the party finished at midnight and then I had to pack away so my steps started before I got to bed. The clocks went forward and I was still aching from Saturday but I managed to get out and put in a very respectable total. The weather was much warmer and I switched footwear from my trusty “DM’s” to lightweight trainers. 12,651 steps covering over 5 miles.

The Long Weekend

Today (Monday) I finally ventured into the Forest proper with a part of my walk taking me through Denny Lodge enclosure. Over 15,000 steps covering over 6 miles.

My soundtrack for the The Long Weekend… Saturday was all about Vicky and Rob’s wedding celebration party and the floor-fillers were “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains Of Wayne, Naive by the Kooks and “Dakota” by The Stereophonics. The floor-killer was “Show Me Love” by Robin S.

Sunday I was listening to one of my “guilty pleasure” podcasts ~ My Favourite Murder. This is a NSFW, true crime, comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. It’s very funny, but once again please note the language is often very rude.

Today (Monday) it was yesterdays edition of Johnny Walker’s “Sounds of the Seventies” which featured an interview with Guy Chambers and included tracks by Deaf School, Bowie and two from “Tommy” by The Who.

The Long Weekend is done and the finish line is in my sights, the final push has started!  I am now under 5,000 steps behind which considering the snow, sickness and more snow I’ve encountered is pretty incredible. 54,686 steps to go in 5 days … fingers crossed!

The Long Weekend

Good Friday, Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

Making tracks

Making tracks, it’s just after 11am and I’ve done my 10,000 steps for today! Whoop … Go Me! My trusty Dr Martins have no clocked up almost 80 miles.

Making tracks

I decided to title todays blog “Making tracks” because it’s still muddy out there and I’ve seen a lot of interesting tracks this week while I’ve doing my Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

Making tracks

Making tracks like the ones in the picture above – from a motor bike and a deer. I’ve seen lots of deer prints on my travels but didn’t think to take a picture until yesterday – so it’s not the best example, I’m sure I’ll see better soon and share them with you.

I’ve also seen some monster tractor prints like the ones below – again the picture doesn’t really do them justice – they were huge!

Making tracks

My making tracks soundtrack this morning was “High Rez” by The Baker Brothers. Yesterday you may remember I listened to The Brit Funk Association – I prefer this album. I saw The Baker Brothers last year with my friend Steve – intact we were at the recording of their live album which I’ll buy, download and listen to next week.

Their website is HERE and their FaceBook page is HERE

Good Friday, Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

Day 22 Walk All Over Cancer Challenge

Day 22 Walk All Over Cancer Challenge was another good one. I’m trying to be sensible in my efforts to cancel out the deficit that built up from last weeks sick day and bad weather and I’m nearly there with todays total topping 16,000 steps. This means I have now completed over 200,000 steps. This challenge is organised by Cancer Research UK and I’m using it to help get a little bit fitter and I’m pledging to give some cash to the charity along the way. If you’d like to donate a few quid to the cause CLICK HERE to go to my Cancer Research UK giving page. Thank you x

Day 22 Walk All Over Cancer Challenge

 

 

My route for Day 22 Walk All Over Cancer Challenge was out to Ashurst again with a few variations. I have to say it again – I can’t believe I’ve lived here for 30 years and have never visited many of these places before. Every walk reveals something new. Wherever you live get out and explore!

Day 22 Walk All Over Cancer Challenge

The soundtrack for Day 22 Walk All Over Cancer Challenge was “Full Circle” by the Brit Funk Association (CLICK HERE for more info). I actually listened to this album yesterday too. It didn’t blow me away on first listen but it’s growing on me. Tomorrow I’m going to switch to a similar album I bought lat year as I want to compare the two. So more on this tomorrow.

Day 22 Walk All Over Cancer Challenge

Good Friday, Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave A Busy Wednesday

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave A Busy Wednesday was Day 21 of my Walk All Over Cancer challenge for me and Cancer Research UK. It is also It’s Down Syndrome Awareness week with the 21st being It’s Down Syndrome Awareness day and among the amazing things to do with this that turned up on my FaceBook timeline was a lovely little girl called Chloe who encouraged us to wear odd socks to celebrate with her – so I did – both thermal of course because it’s still cold here.

Some Mothers Do 'Ave A Busy Wednesday

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave A Busy Wednesday also marked “one month to my daughter’s wedding” and part of the reason I started this challenge was to get mobile and make sure my suit isn’t too tight come the big day. So in the morning when I went out we took the opportunity to have a phone chat about a few wedding related things.

That walk to took me to lunch with my friend Toni to talk about the latest updates o his Selfie Wizard that I’ve been helping to test. It’s now launched and I’m so pleased to see this brilliant idea become reality and doing very well.  I’ll be using it again at this Saturday nights Wedding party. Our lunch was at The Coach & Horses, I had the chicken, bacon and avocado wrap which was amazing and nothing like a “lite bite”.

Some Mothers Do 'Ave A Busy Wednesday

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave A Busy Wednesday continued with a trip to Portsmouth (I didn’t walk but it might have been quicker).

Some Mothers Do 'Ave A Busy WednesdayThis evening was originally planned back on “Black Friday” in November when we got a special deal on tickets to see Joe Pasquale in “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” at the lovely New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

I told my good friend (and excellent children’s entertainer) Richard (Party Time for Kids CLICK HERE) and he got tickets for himself and wife Cheryl so we arranged to go together and eat first.

Guess what’s next to The New Theatre Royal … only 7Bone Portsmouth!

What a great night! The show is excellent and we were amazed that it hadn’t sold out – so if you get a chance to go we heartily recommend it.

So that was day 21 with over 10,000 steps completed and a good time had by all. I’ll post the links to my page for the charity again next time – thanks for reading.

 

 

Good Friday, Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

Can’t Find My Way Home ~ Walk All Over Cancer Day 20

Can’t Find My Way Home … don’t panic, things are getting back to normal and I have found my way home. Can’t Find My Way Home was one of the tracks I was listening to on my walk this morning.

Can't Find My Way Home

Once again I set off down Fletchwood Road and on to Woodlands. This time I continued on to Ashurst and back through Foxhills, a total of over 12,000 steps with more to come later today hopefully. I can’t believe I’ve lived here for 30 years and not walked these routes before. I’m quite excited about exploring some of the footpaths and enclosures I’ve seen in the last week or so – once the ground has dried out… should be about July at this rate!

Can't Find My Way Home

Can’t Find My Way Home, Back In The High Life Again, Dear Mr Fantasy and While You See A Chance are just a few of the tracks from the excellent Steve Winwood Greatest Hits Live album which was released last year. I wasn’t a huge fan of Mr Winwood in his early years – I did have singles by The Spencer Davis Group and Traffic but never delved into the albums. I loved the solo albums and have been lucky to see him live a couple of times – both with brilliant views, once in the second row at Portsmouth Guildhall and the at The Wedgewood Rooms for a very intimate show. I really hope to get to see him again – he’s on the list!

Can't Find My Way Home

If you can spare a pound to support Cancer Research UK please click here to go to my page – thanks x

So you want to build a snow plan

So You Want To Build A Snow Plan!

So You Want To Build A Snow Plan … I’m guessing a lot of people who will read this post title will immediately think of the song from Frozen – “Do You Want To Build A Snow Man” (see bottom of post) which is where the inspiration for me to write this came from. I was out waking in the snow thinking about recent events and it just came into my head.

I’ve just completed a series of posts about getting married in the different months of the year which was very weather focused. This is England so you can never really predict the weather and so you always need at least a “Plan B”. This winter we’ve had snow in this area on four separate occasions (so far) – in December, February and twice now in March.

This last weekend was my daughter’s “Hen” and her friends did an amazing job. They hired a fabulous cottage in the forest and she had a wonderful time. The snow came back and turned into a real fairy tale setting fortunately everybody made it there and back safely.

So You Want To Build A Snow Plan

What would happen if it snowed on your wedding day? I’ve watched with interest as many of my DJ colleagues have posted reports of how the bad weather has affected their recent bookings – some people didn’t make it, many people left early (after the meal) but most of them still managed to make the best of things. BUT, there was plenty of stress reported, probably because nobody had considered a “worse case scenario” as far as the weather and it’s impact had been thought about in advance.

So You Want To Build A Snow Plan – it could snow almost any when, and just because it snowed a couple of weeks ago doesn’t mean we won’t get some more.

  • Talk to your venue and your various suppliers and ask them how they plan to cope.
  • Don’t just think about the problems snow might bring, think about the positives and the opportunities.
  • Encourage as many of your guests as possible to book overnight accommodation so they are committed to staying.

So You Want To Build A Snow Plan – if you are considering getting married between November and April I suggest you do!

And finally …