New trainers; the bouncy feeling

Last month I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a new pair of trainers. This may not sound like a big deal but I have a habit of wear things until they can’t be worn anymore plus I like my old trainers and still use them (they are still wearable, just tired looking) But I had begun to notice the old trainers didn’t have that bouncy feeling you get with new trainers any more.

If you do any kind of exercise it is generally a good idea to invest in a good pair of trainers, not just because of the bouncy feeling but also the support a decent pair of trainers can provide for your feet and ankles. If your ankles are anything like mine they need all the support they can get!

20170505_202350One of the things that puts me off buying new trainers is the cost of them, they are always so expensive or maybe I’m just tight fisted with money that to me they’re expensive.  Nevertheless off I went to Sports Direct and bought these bad boys, they ticked all the boxes; my size, look nice and in my price range.

Going back to the bouncy feeling, for me personally these new trainers led me into a false sense of security them made me feeling invincible. At the gym I prefer not to focus on how many calories lost but like to set myself goals and see how much distance I can cover in a certain amount of time. Whilst on the treadmill the new trainers made me feel so light that I thought to myself  ‘this is feeling a bit easier than usual’. So of course I thought I’d go a bit faster, I did manage to run a bit further than normal but my heart and lungs didn’t feel like thanking me for it. Then there are my knees, they that suffered the most, dodgy ankles, dodgy knees what’s next? Could it just be a factor I’m getting older? Hmm I don’t think so at least I hope not, am hoping that over time and gradually increasing how much exercise at a steady pace will strengthen my knees or at least not feel like I’ve been crippled.

So when buying new trainers beware of the bouncy feeling. It could give you the feeling that you are an Olympic runner when you’re not quite there. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.



HappySunWe’re in the midst of heatwave in the UK. I know, ‘UK’ and ‘heatwave’ in the same sentence!

When the sun comes out to play strange things happen to people.

Drivers somehow develop the inability to drive in their own lanes and try to straddle the white line dividing the lanes. I’ve seen this happen a few times since the sun has appeared. I would like to say they are distracted by the hordes of gods / goddesses walking along the side of the roads but this is on the A roads..all there is along the side of the road are trees and the occasional field!

The sun comes out and many people suddenly think they have the bodies of Aphrodite or Adonis, I guess it’s like the mirrors you can get at funfairs that distort your appearance, or wearing beer goggles. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but for some perhaps their ‘beauty’ should be a private matter and not shared with everyone. In other words put that t-shirt back on and put your booty away..time and place people.

cartoon_lobsterThis behaviour is linked to the ‘red lobster’ look. Despite being advised by Public Health England to consider staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day and to wear sun cream with a high factor for some this look becomes part of summer fashion. The need to look like a lobster is up there with the need to look like an orange. Both looks I avoid, they don’t work with my skin tone.

banner-blueI thought the sun was meant to make people happy, seems the sun’s rays don’t have that effect on everyone. I’m not always sure if the red face is because of the sun or related to the steam coming out of their ears.

Enjoy the mini heatwave but be ready to put away the paddling pools and be on standby with the rubber dinghy’s as thunderstorms, heavy rain are heading back to the UK this weekend. 😀

It’s rubbish day again!

20140605_SofaJunk1[1]It’s rubbish day again and from my previous blogs on this topic you will also know how caring and sharing people in my neighbourhood can be.20140605_SofaCushions[1]

Last night whilst sitting in our living room myself and my tenants heard some thudding noises against the outside wall. Knowing the following day was rubbish collection day we started playing a guessing game as to what the causes of the thudding sounds were. I guessed a sofa being left outside, tenant #1 guessed it was a bed and tenant #2 who is a new edition to the house didn’t have a clue what we were talking about. We explained the behaviour of some of the good natured people in the area and their way of recycling.

This morning as I put our rubbish bags out not only was there a sofa with matching cushions but also a barbeque! Of late here in the UK we have been blessed with more sun and warm temperatures than unusal with the occasional rainy days, so it was only fitting that someone had decided to leave their old barbeque outside for it to be rehomed.

Got kids? No more staying indoors and joining the couch potato club. Some thoughtful individual also left a child’s plastic chair and hidden under some bags there appears to be a child’s trampoline, perfect for keeping the kids entertained whilst the barbeque is on the go. At the end of the day put your feet up and relax on the upcycled sofa.

Some people in my neighbourhood maybe called many things but selfish isn’t one of them.


Wednesday humour – 999 Sprinkles Row

The sun was out shining and you felt like you deserved an ice cream from the ince cream van.

Hand over your money and receive your ice cream and to your horror only half your ice cream is covered in the sprinkles of your choice!

What do you do?

Argue with the ice cream van owner?

999Demand your money back?


Phone the emergency services 999!



From Selfie to Belfie

skeleton_friend_afief_02_svg_medIt wasn’t so long ago when the un-natural size zero was every so popular. Then the stories about how females of all ages were resorting to extreme measures to achieve this emaciated look.

Then J-Lo and Kim Kardashian’s curvy derriers suddenly became the new ‘look’, Kim Kardashian’s booty seems to be getting more attention than her, it won’t be long before it has its own Twitter and Facebook pages!

It’s great that woman are learning to embrace their differences so much so that we can forget the OCD of the selfie it is now all about the belfie (who on earth comes up with these names?!?).

According to the urban dictionary the definition of a belfie is;

a ‘bottom selfie’ – a photographic self-portrait featuring the buttocks, usually posted by female celebrities on social media networks.

As you can imagine there have been a few female ‘celebrities’ who have grabbed hold of this trend with both hands to shout out ‘hey we have big butts and we love it, so much so that everyone else should admire it’.

The need to have more junk in the trunk and be admired for it has led to accusations of belfie image thefts!

I know, I can just imagine the lock of shock on your faces! Belfie image theft, what is the world coming to? We have wars going on, old people being attacked for mobile phones, poverty but it is the theft of a belfie photograph that is at the top of the list of concerns!

Full details of this heinous crime can be found here

Smile – it’s Wednesday! :-D

I know it’s a Wednesday day, the middle of the week, ‘hump day’, depending on if you’re a half glass full or half glass empty type of person then it’s also that step closer to the end of the working week!

This morning on the way to work there a few feel good songs on the radio that not only made the journey to work all that bit more enjoyable but I still had that bouncy type feeling when I got to work. Even the artic weather conditions in the office haven’t been able to damper my mood… just yet, I definitely think some of the guys in the office are suffering from menopause; hot flashes etc. 😉

I think it is only fair to attempt to cheer up other peoples Wednesday with some of the songs I listened to on the way to work today, it’s a bit of a mix bag. 😀

1. Everlasting Love – Love Affair

2. We don’t have to take our clothes off – Jermaine Stewart

3. I will never let you down – Rita Ora

4. What makes you beautiful – One Direction – I’m by no means a groupie of the group, but I was on a roll this morning with poptastic songs!

5. Burn – Ellie Goulding

6. We’re better together – Jack Johnson – Something a bit calmer, but I liked it anyway!

Feel free to share what feel good songs you listened to on the way to where ever you were heading to this morning…work, school run, see a friend, family, dentist…what songs were you belting out this morning?!? 😀

Caring, sharing neighbours; It’s barbeque time!

Before I carry on I should make a point of saying that the majority of my neighbours are very nice and pleasant people, however there are a few that go above and beyond. It was a quiet week last week and I thought definitely the friendly, community spirited neighbourhood I live in had nothing left to share, but alas no there are still a few who out of the goodness of their heart like to help others out.

With the sun showing its rare smiling face and temperatures rising to, wait for it….19 degrees, (this is the UK) thoughts are turning to lounging in the garden and barbeques. Haven’t got a barbeque I hear you say? Don’t worry, you see my caring sharing neighbours have left one outside for the taking plus a side table and a childs fold up chair.

Have a house guest but don’t have a spare bed? Again just call on my neighbours who too have left a fold up lounger / single bed type thing.

Who knows what delights will be left for the taking next week, the suspense is almost unbearable. 😉

Those who dare say community spirit is dying clearly don’t have neighbours like me 🙂