Running 5km for the NHS.

Running 5km for the NHS.

Running 5km for the NHS to say THANK YOU!

Why did we decide to run 5km for the NHS during the Coronavirus Pandemic

 
Running 5km for NHS was our way of saying  THANK YOU because during Lockdown I feel very guilty but privileged to able to stay at home, safe, with my children.
 
Unable to work, as a non essential business, this to is a small price to pay.  At home I am able to spend time with my children: having fun, homeschooling and teaching them life skills.  All the while, others are out there risking themselves everyday and then coming home to their family….Still trying to keep everyone safe! 
 
 

Getting fitter during Lockdown.

A few times a week I have been able to get out for a run. Away from others and slowly building up my fitness. Something that lots of NHS workers have probably been unable to do, during this troubling time.

My children have been spent days with me, as a family: playing on the trampoline, cooking, taking the dog for walk; enjoying carefree days.

Saying thanks to the NHS.

My daughters football team, Southwater Royals Girls Under 13, challenged the girls to run 5km for NHS. So I decided my two children should attempt that challenge.

Having just built up to 5km myself, I told them we would just take it slowly, as neither of them had run that far before and nor had they done any training for it! Although as children they are constantly on the move. My daughter also loves athletics so she did have a head start in fitness. All because other people out there are working VERY hard to keep us safe.

running 5km for NHS

The 5km run for the NHS

We set off early morning and both children were quite excited. The start was tough because it took a little while to warm up and set our pace.

Before long we all settled into a good pace and we were all smiling and chatting. The route we did was great because it had 4 sections, which meant you felt like to were checking off the miles pretty quickly. It was also through the beautiful countryside around Southwater so really nice and peaceful!

Running 5km for NHS charity in Southwater

The final leg is where things got a bit harder but both children were still brilliant. Preferring to sprint, my daughter would run off and then went for us to catch up. Whereas my son, who doesn’t normally run took the slow and steady option. I was amazed by his determination because he didn’t walk even when he was really tired!

Running 5km for NHS charity in Southwater

What amazes me most is how normal they both looked when we finished. I’m really proud of them both because they took the challenge on without any complaints and it was a brilliant thing to do as a family. If anyone would like to give a donation to the NHS please click 5k for NHS

Running 5km for NHS charity in Southwater

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Things to do in Sussex…

Things to do in Sussex…

Wisborough Green Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

Things to do in Sussex

Finding things to do in West Sussex can be hard to do when you don’t know what’s out there. But have you heard of Wisbourough Green… 

I can’t imagine many people have.  Its a lovely, sleepy little village in West Sussex that is set around a village green and a pond.  It also has a pub,  cafe,  school and post office.  I only know it because I drive through it or occasionally I cycle to the cafe.  However once a year the village comes alive with people and bursts of colour.  As 25 balloons descend on the village ready to take flight for the charity  Chestnut Tree House!

Colourful hot air balloon

Around sunrise and sunset the hot air balloons are prepared on the village green.  It’s amazing to walk amongst them at the various stages of inflation.  The colours are absolutely stunning.  Once set up, you can watch the stunning display of balloons taking off and flying over the Downs and Sussex countryside.  This year the weather was so warm with bright blue skies.  Watching the balloons was just magical, especially being able to see them in the sky as the sun was setting.

I can’t wait for next year when I’ll definitely be up early to see them setting up.

For more information on booking a hot air balloon ride at the event South Downs Balloons.

Chestnut Tree House

Sheffield House…

Sheffield House…

Sheffield Park with Nanny

Leaves, Autumn Colours, Sheffield Park in the Autumn


Things to do with children in Sussex, Sussex Photography,

 

First of all, it’s no secret that I LOVE Autumn and that I also moan about living in Sussex away from the mountains and the sea that I’m used too.  (As lovely as the Sussex coastline is I’m used to the sea being 5 minutes from my house)

Leaves and feet, autumn leaves, Sheffield Park, Sussex Photographer

 

However there is a place in Sussex that ALWAYS makes me pleased to see… and that’s the National Trusts Sheffield Park, https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-gardenGirls in the autumn, Sussex in the Autumn,

 

 

 

 

 

Nan and Grandaughter in the Autumn, family photo sessions in sussexLast weekend I decided to drag my two children and mum out for some lovely Autumn photos and to enjoy a beautiful walk around the gardens. This only happened because I promised them a go on the big swing and a play in the den building area afterwards. Family Photo Sessions, Sussex photo sessions, Autumn family Photo SessionsLast year I made the mistake of going there first and NEVER actually making it into the gardens!

 

 

 

 

 

Nan and grandson in the Autumn, Photo sessions in Sussex

 

Sometimes, however children don’t want to play and decide they don’t want their photo taken… children of photographers included.

Grumpy children with nanny

 

Autumn photo sessions with grandparents, nan and grandchildren family photo shoot ideas, susses photography

Autumn Mini Sessions at Tilgate Park

Autumn Mini Sessions at Tilgate Park

I LOVE AUTUMN……

 

It’s the most beautiful time of the year and I LOVE to make the most of the crisp days before winter arrives and I snuggle up in front of the fire.

Photography in Tilgate Psrk, Crawley

 

After years of living in various countries and places around England and Wales there is one place in Crawley that has been hard to beat…

Tilgate Park…!! I know… hard to believe isn’t it.. but it’s true. Tilgate is just so beautiful and it has so much to offer… I remember many walks around Tilgate as a child and still today, even with all the additions it is STILL a BEAUTIFUL place to go for a walk.

Things to do with children in Crawley

 

This is why I decided to do my Autumn Mini Sessions at Tilgate this year.  The colours on the trees will be stunning and with some beautiful areas, it really is a lovely back drop.

 

The session itself will only last 20-30 minutes and will be very relaxed to enable us to capture some beautiful photos of your family.  £95 not only includes the session but you will also receive 3 digital images for you to keep.  You will have the option to purchase extra photos, wall art or photo books but this is only if you choose to, it is not a requirement.

 

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There is a parking fee but this money is put back in to the park and this really does show.  My children still love the Nature Reserve that is growing all the time and has a lovely variety of animals AND is still an absolute bargain.    After your session you can make the most of the park as there are also walks, parks, lakes, cafes, trim trails, Go APE, Smith and Weston Restaurant plus LOADS of different clubs going on in the huts.   Tilgate Nature Centre

 

For more information visit  http://www.crawley.gov.uk/pw/Leisure_and_Culture/Tilgate_Park/index.htm   or  https://tilgatenaturecentre.wordpress.com/

Black and White image of boy in a hat

Taking a break along the Wey and Arun Canal

Taking a break along the Wey and Arun Canal

Walking the dog along the Wey and Arun Canal

 

 

 

I love Autumn and today was feeling too lazy to tidy the house.  My springer was looking at me longingly so I decided to head out with my camera and take a break.  The Wey and Arun canal is beautiful and the colours are really starting to come out.

Dog walk along Wey and Arun Canal

 

I parked at The Onslow Arms Pub   http://onslowarmsloxwood.com/ car park in Loxwood  because I could head straight out onto the tow path and when I came back I could pop in a grab a quick drink.  It also does great food but today I just enjoyed their beer garden after my walk.The colours didn’t disappoint and the oranges were really starting to come out.

Walks in Sussex

The recently renovated locks are looking great and you can tell that the canal is really looked after.  I didn’t walk far today but you can walk all the way to Guildford which is also very beautiful.

 

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