....make lemonade .....or make hay while the sun shines.
Most of the summer we have been knocking down massive hedges and replacing them with walls. This means there has been a cement mixer looming large in my life for about 7 weeks. The rental company wanted it back today. So Hubby pulled out all the stops and finished all the cement work yesterday. There are just a couple of railings to fit and we are done.
I go to a keep fit class at 10am on Mondays. I played with the idea of going anyway and hoping the rental company turned up in the afternoon. But I really REALLY wanted to see the back of this cement mixer. So I stayed at home and missed my class.
As it happened, I could have gone to my class because my vibes must have travelled telepathically and the truck didn't turn up until 2pm.
Was the morning wasted? NO. I shifted bricks, soil, cement bags, shovels etc just to clear up a front garden that was closely resembling the Battle of the Somme. I raked and seeded a patch of grass that had been ruined and I got a few buckets of water and scrubbed the driveway. It now looks like a fairly decent garden again. It won't be 100% until I have hired a skip and filled it with a huge load of rubble and hedge roots that were too big for the garden waste collection. But that is all piled up neatly in one small part of the garden and doesn't look too bad.
I'm happy with what I achieved today. My muscles had a great work out and I no longer have to wear blinkers as I walk through a wreck of a front garden.
That's worth another
Today was one of those days that will go down in memory. I treated hubby to a trip up the Shard which is the tallest building in Europe. I took loads of photos....including the area I lived in for the first 4 years, where I went to secondary school and where I volunteer as a theatre steward.
Here's one of the photos that looks along the Thames towards St. Paul's Cathedral.
It was a glorious summer's day and the view was fantastic. As it was so early in the morning, there is still a little haze in the sky and I was filming through glass so there is a bit of a reflection..
We then went for a walk along Bankside and took a closer look at a house that is just 2 doors away from the theatre where I volunteer. We were amazed to see that it was 500 years old and had been lived in by Christopher Wren who designed St. Paul's Cathedral and also by Catherine of Aragon who married Henry VIII. I have walked past this house many times and never realised the history behind it. It just goes to show that it pays to look around and explore.
Then, to top a perfect day, we got home in time to see all of Andy Murray's Wimbledon tennis match. It was a great match and HE WON.
Despite still working on Sundays and having 2 voluntary jobs, I consider myself to be a lady of leisure with quite a lot of spare time. Today I decided to use it wisely and I went along to a keep fit class that runs in my local community centre. I have known about this class for quite a while but thought it might be a bit too easy for me as it is called "Keep Fit for Seniors". That title is something else that put me off going before.
I'm really glad I went and I plan to make it a regular event. It was a very friendly class and I even got a round of applause for joining!! Blush, blush. We did about 30 minutes of aerobic exercises, followed by a bit of t'ai chi, Pilates and relaxation. I managed to work up a healthy glow (men sweat and women glow) during the aerobics and loved the t'ai chi. It's always interested me and now that I have tried it I am going to look for a proper t'ai chi class as well.
Unlike my Pilates class which has very long holidays during the year, this keep fit class runs all year except when the tutor has her annual hols. It is going to be very good for me. We did a lot of exercises and moves that I realise I have been missing out on or even avoiding eg. side stepping and shoulder work. I can already feel my muscles pinging.
The class is at 10am which might sound early.
But I get up early and like to make the most of the day. After the class, I found that I was full of energy all day. I went for a long walk and then did some gardening including going around the edge of the lawn with the edging tool to tidy it up. I've been meaning to do that for weeks and today was the day I felt extra motivated.