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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

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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

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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 …

 

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The best-laid plans ~ Walk All Over Cancer major hiccup!

According to the famous saying (attributed to Robert Burns) “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley” which has become more commonly known as “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”  and looking back at the last few days I can certainly vouch for that!

Everything was going so well last time I posted, I was full of optimism and convinced I had the “Walk All Over Cancer” challenge nailed – well they do also say “pride comes before a fall”.

The best-laid plans

Thursday, Day 15  Walk All Over Cancer didn’t start well. I had a bad nights sleep and woke up in pain – I won’t go into detail but basically the day was a write-off, I didn’t leave the house and managed a total of 326 steps. So all of my pride and talk of banking steps is gone and I was back to catching up again. The best-laid plans …

Friday Day, 16 and I felt better but still very weak. I went out in the morning with the intention of another walk later but as we had a trip to The Guildhall booked to see comedian “Jonathan Pie” I decided against it and stayed warm inside.

Saturday Day 17 we knew snow was definitely coming back. There were a few flurries in the morning and everything went very grey and cold then in the late afternoon it really started. It was horrible out – I’m doing this challenge for all sorts of reasons but I wasn’t prepared to venture out in conditions which were never going to bring me any joy!

Sunday Day, 18 we awoke to find things actually looking as snowy as they’d been at the beginning of the month. I didn’t really get the chance to schedule a walk because life got in the way – the picture below was taken from the back seat of my brother-in-law, Martyn’s car as we went to collect my nieces and daughter from her hen weekend (more about that in future blogs). I did a little bit of walking and some snow clearing but opted for the warmth of home for the rest of the day.

The best-laid plans

Today, Monday Day 19 I started to put my battle back on track, I didn’t do the full 10,000 but I made a big dent in it. hopefully tomorrow I can start to put things right again. My walk took me down Fletchwood Lane again and through to Woodlands Road then back – and, another confession to make … my phone died again. I think it was a combination of the cold and streaming radio that did it – rest assured I won’t make that mistake again (yes, I have said that before!).

The picture above is of wild geese resting in a field – below is a zoomed in picture. Geese have a “plan b” – but that’s another story for another day.

The best-laid plans

PLEASE NOTE the events of these last few days proved to me once again it’s essential to have a “plan B”. I’m currently over 20,000 steps behind schedule but I still have plenty of time to complete the Walk All Over Cancer challenge – and, let’s be honest, the World won’t end if I don’t, but a couple of problems compounded and I had to change my plans. The same could happen to you in the run-up to your wedding or event, having a plan B is essential because The best-laid plans of mice and men, Brides and Bridegrooms can often go awry.

If you’d like any help planning your big day please let me know – paul@thepartydj.co.uk

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Happy Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everybody! Before we get into today I have a confession to make …

Yesterday I didn’t manage 10,000 steps, I ended up on 9.493 but I was still nearly 4,000 steps ahead of target so I hope you can forgive me. Today I managed 11,628 so I cleared yesterdays shortfall and I’m 5,500 ahead now.

I usually don’t have a plan where I’m heading as I leave home and today was no exception. I headed down Fletchwood Lane and for the first time followed it right through to Woodlands and then walked through Ashurst and back through Foxhills. This more rural route meant I got to see a lot more than cats and dogs. These geese weren’t overly pleased to see me, I can see why people use them as security alarms. I also saw plenty of horses and goats. Walking along Woodlands Road there were literally hundreds of deer tracks in the mud but I didn’t actually see any this time.

Happy Wednesday

These geese weren’t overly pleased to see me, I can see why people use them as security alarms. I also saw plenty of horses and goats. Walking along Woodlands Road there were literally hundreds of deer tracks in the mud but I didn’t actually see any this time.

For my soundtrack I relied on iTunes to play me a random selection. Most people who have ever used iTunes will be tell you how it often seems to play appropriate songs and today was no exception. I wasn’t even out of the house when it started with Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” and even more bizarrely Frank Sinatra’s version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” when I was about a mile from home!

Happy Wednesday

Happy Wednesday, let’s see what Thursday brings ~ the weather’s not looking very clever but I’ve got a cracking album lined up.

If you’s like to make a donation to the work Cancer Research UK do here’s a link to my page PLEASE CLICK HERE

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12th and 13th March, the Walk All Over Cancer continues.

12th and 13th March, the Walk All Over Cancer continues, CLICK HERE if you want to support me with a couple of quid.

For the third week running Ce and I had a lunch appointment so I was out early again to get the week started. I made the decision to go with a lighter coat which worked out OK. I normally Skype with one of my colleagues on Monday mornings and he kindly agreed to switch to an old-school method of communication called the mobile phone which worked fine although the quality wasn’t as good – strange what you get used to!

I took a more rural route to start with but this involved walking down a lane and then coming back again. Then I did one of the regular local circuits and returned home after 90 minutes. Ce and I did a little walking in town to get to the restaurant for lunch with our friends and my total for the day was just over 11,000 steps – job done.

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March, the Walk All Over Cancer continues

Tuesday the weather was supposed to be better and in fairness in the afternoon for at least ten minutes it was! I went out in the morning and my walk included dropping some more shoes in the Salvation Army collection bin and posting some cards – living the high life.

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March, the Walk All Over Cancer continues

Monday and Tuesday 12th and 13th March, the Walk All Over Cancer continues with no real soundtrack on the Monday, just a chat with a good friend. Tuesday I started with The Chris Moyles show on the radio and finished with another of my guilty pleasure podcasts which I will tell you about before the end of this campaign.

That was 12th and 13th March, the Walk All Over Cancer continues tomorrow with the weather turning grim again and people talking about the return of The Beast From The East at the weekend!

To find out more about Cancer Research UK and their quest “Let’s Beat Cancer Sooner” please click here.

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March, the Walk All Over Cancer continues

 

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Walk All Over Cancer Weekend Two

Walk All Over Cancer Weekend Two saw the step counter click past 100,000 steps. Let me say that again … one hundred thousand steps in ten days.

Walk All Over Cancer Weekend Two

I’ve actually managed over 10,000 steps every day since Tuesday and feel I may have found my rhythm – OH NO … did I just say that out loud!

On Saturday I went out in the afternoon and managed just over the 10,000. Sunday I was out earlier and took a walk to Costa and back… and yes I did have a coffee. The temperatures are starting to rise and I may be able to ditch the coat and fleece “3 way” combination soon – I hope so, it weighs a ton!

Walk All Over Cancer Weekend Two

Both days were fairly grey so I didn’t take many pictures – the one above of the moss all over the roots of the tree looked far more dramatic when I first saw it – but then the sun went in.

The soundtrack for Walk All Over Cancer Weekend Two … well Saturday I was listening to the Newcastle Vs Saints match, so the less said about that the better. On Sunday I picked a 2014 Defected Records compilation mix by Dimitri from Paris which kept my step rate up 😉

Walk All Over Cancer Weekend Two

That was Walk All Over Cancer Weekend Two and my grand total is now over 113,000, so I have a few miles in the bank. If you’d like to give a couple of quid to Cancer Research UK please CLICK HERE.