Thursday, 18 September 2014

Running a Zoo

On Sunday, I ran the London Zoo 10k as the 8th fastest female! 

I run like a girl
I actually ran in Holly’s place as she has a crocked ankle, perhaps I should have told them, but hey.  Results were both encouraging and alarming – I was 48th overall, perhaps the highest I have ever placed in a race, with a time of 47min50.  That, however, is quite a slow time, which says a lot about the field.  Running on no breakfast, no coffee and no night off the booze, I guess it wasn’t so bad.  I look set for a long and gruelling Spartan in four weeks though.

We then went round the Zoo.  Some of it looks a bit tired, but it was good fun with a baby, and Willow seemed to really enjoy it – even spotting the pygmy hippo that I missed.  In the Bugs section, I made a point of noting the Black Widow and False Widow spiders – to my knowledge, never having seen a False Widow before and being curious about Britain’s only venomous spider.  Then, Monday morning, sitting on the floor by the door (my back just about allows that these days), what crawls up my leg? I shit you not, without a word of a lie, it was a chuffing False Widow!  I am ashamed to confess that it got squished in my panic, and to save my daughter from terrible peril, yes, that.  It was a small one, but I am pretty sure it was one.  My eyes are now constantly peeled.

Be spider-safe people!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Willow is one

This weekend, The Moose turned one year old.  The year has absolutely flown by, yet I can scarcely remember a time when our growling Lady Baby wasn’t around.  I think I am simultaneously the most stressed I have ever been and also the happiest and having the most fun, the most tired yet really not that sleep deprived.  I feel old and ache more than I did a year ago, but hey, we have Willow!

To celebrate, we had our first kids party, which had us up until 1am the night before preparing.  Holly worked her magic with flour and stuff to make three fantastic cakes and I tidied and cleaned – I saw the future of the outhouse as it became the babies playroom for the day.  Balloons were inflated and presents wrapped.  Thank the party-gods it was dry so the fully buntinged garden meant we could actually accommodate all the people we invited.  The final count was 26 adults and 7 babies.  A very good time was had by all (I hope).

Thanks to everyone who came and for all your kind gifts.  Some of the best photos are below.

The Rocking Moose is unveiled

‘Now I am one, I shall only be eating using my feet’

Isaac and Willow

Julie, Jerry, BabyMomma, and Jane

The NCT crowd

Lani and Willow in the playden

Babies: Arthur, Thomas, Lani, Willow

Lani still obsessing over bubles

Jane, Arthur and Gavin

Matt and Lani

Willow is impressed at Mummy's cake making

A busy garden

Quote of the Day

I suppose I should drink tonight
...although I do feel terrible.