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Ann’s monthly natter

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ann-with-bandHallo everyone. I expect we’ve all been doing the same thing – grabbing as much sunshine and warmth as we can. Surely it can’t be too long before the draw of putting the heating on proves irresistible. Hasn’t it been lovely? I’ve even been sitting in the garden with a cuppa and a book as recently as last week. Need to start thinking about pruning my apple tree following a delicious crop and putting the garden swing seat away. And yes, there are Christmas cards etc in the shops!!

I suppose my big news is that my son completed his cycling marathon from Land’s End to John O’Groats. It took him nine days and I was pleased to be able to follow his progress on facebook and texts. Some of the photos were stunning but I guess Simon’s main focus was completing each day and being able to get back on the bike for the next leg. A thousand cyclists took part – some just doing part of it – but not Simon!! I take my hat off to him, especially as he was opening a new shop five days after his return. His wife and daughters held that fort – what a team they make. Just waiting to hear now which charity he is supporting.

It was good to be part of the annual Age Well Conference at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The morning programme was a series of lectures with subjects such as vision, exercise and nutrition, all presented by experts in their particular fields. After lunch, workshops were on offer such as laughter yoga, dental care, ageing skin and heart and, not least of all, a fitness MOT with Move It or Lose It. Julie led this one, supported as usual by Beth and two Move it or Lose it! instructors Shelagh and Yvonne. I enjoyed being part of the afternoon and joining in the three sessions which were booked. It was really good to meet Shelagh and Yvonne who both run classes either in community centres or residential homes. I can just imagine what fun their classes are, delivered to people who may have felt isolated in some way. Nothing like a bit exercise to music to brighten the day, apart from the physical benefits. There is always some laughter in Julie’s classes.

I seem to have spent quite a large part of September eating; not only on social occasions but the celebration of a good piece of personal news for which I have been waiting. This meant I had to keep my promise to friends to treat them to coffee and cake. Need to get a grip before the Christmas festivities start!!!

I am looking to October to see which Awareness Day is going into my diary. I decided it was better to natter about one this is coming rather than one which has gone. There are so many good causes which deserve all the publicity they can get (as well as some ridiculous ones!!) but I am drawn to Breast Cancer Awareness Month for all the obvious reasons but also because this is a cause very close to Julie’s heart and for which she has personally raised thousands of pounds. I will link that to the 24th October which is Wear It Pink Day. Here’s hoping that October takes us nearer to winning the battle.

The month ended on a high for me. The reunion which had been under planning for months took place on the 27th. Of course some of us still meet every few weeks but we hadn’t seen two of the party for forty years! Phil Brown joined us. He won a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, running the third leg of the 4 x 100 relay. He brought the medal and we all handed it round in awe. He is still the same charming self-effacing man who I remembered as a newly recruited rec. assistant. I found the film of the race on Youtube today and it brought back memories of us sitting round the TV and screaming him all the way round the track. I very often can’t remember what the day is but my memory of that event is as clear today as it was thirty years ago. We spent the entire evening eating, drinking and laughing – couldn’t really ask for more. It also reminded me of the change in restaurant menus – all of them seem to offer a wide variety of vegetarian dishes for folk like me. It wasn’t so long ago that a special request had to be made to accommodate those of us who don’t eat meat or fish. I think that’s a large step forward in recognising different views concerning diet.

Well, the end of September surely must see the end of this glorious weather; perhaps I will be proved wrong. Our exercises will be especially important to keep circulation strong and I hope October sees you warm and well.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_padding_divider size=”40″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_icon_box title=”Read more of Ann’s Monthly Natter” text_size=”16″ font_weight=”inherit” read_more_url=”https://www.moveitorloseit.co.uk/anns-blog-archive/” icon=”moon-book” style=”simple_minimal” icon_size=”small” rounded_circle=”false” icon_location=”left” circled=”false” icon_color=”#005cb9″ icon_circle_color=”#005cb9″ box_blur=”false” margin=”30″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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