For those of you looking for ‘The Dignity of Risk’ FB and blog, your eyes do not deceive you, it’s gone.
I sat with the whole concept for a while to see how it felt but it wasn’t ‘fleshing out’ as I had anticipated.
But fear not,the idea has merely been dragged back into the shed for some tinkering, tweaking and a new lick of paint. Winter is a time for hibernation, introspection and preparation to bring forth new life with the turning of the wheel.
Adventures don’t have to be massive undertakings involving discomfort or huge physical effort. Anything new that puts you a little outside your comfort zone is a good thing.
With that in mind I tried my hand at Willow Weaving last weekend with a lovely man called Ivor Hancock who is nearly 80 and has been a weaver since he was 14.
You can watch Ivor talking about his life and work HERE
We made a simple bread tray that would take him about half an hour….and took me 6 and a half hours! haha. It’s way more physical than I had anticipated and I was really glad of the weight training I’ve been doing for the last year! I got in a pickle a few times but Ivor was very attentive and reassuring, helping me undo and re-weave rows until I got it right. The end product is small and slightly wonky, but useful. A bit like me.
I definitely want to try this again because it was difficult but I enjoyed the challenge and would love to get it right. I checked out the tools and materials I would need and once you have the tools (which come in at about £50 in total) it’s actually a relatively cheap hobby.
Hope this blog finds you well and happy. For those of you not subscribed to ‘The Dignity of Risk’ here’s the video of the sponsored ride I did for Coppafeel on August 10th. 5 miles in 1:03:00 which is better than my best time in training.
I’m off to my ‘Happy Place’ on the Somerset Levels tomorrow to do a Willow Weaving course. I may even come home with my very own basket! Then I need to really think about planning my next adventure – a bored Stoat is bad news for everyone! Haha
I went for my first consultation with my new Orthotist (shoe maker) on Friday. For the first time ever, it’s a lady (normally men up to now). She’s called Monica and she’s really nice!
She asked me lots of questions and listened, which was great and we discussed what I didn’t like about the monstrous boots and calipers I haven’t been able to walk in. She was quite horrified by the weight and sheer….wrongness off them and is confident that we can get something much lighter and they sound like they’ll be quite stylish by NHS standards!
Happily I can have a below-knee caliper for my left leg as well as the full length one I need so I can have some ankle stability when I’m riding my bike.
Once we’ve got the fit right, it’s off the Physio Therapist as I haven’t walked properly for over 10 years. I think I’m looking at more rehab that Lindsey Lohan and Britney Spears combined at this point! Haha.
I’m very excited to be getting back on my feet and I think the physio will help greatly with my overall fitness too.
The next stage is a ‘first fitting’ in a few weeks time. I’ll keep you posted on events as they progress.
Over the last few days I have gained a lot of followers (hello, thank you for following!). I always check profiles to make sure my blog is not associated with anyone who holds views that go against my own (y’know, racism, misogyny, homophobia – the usual stuff that reasonable people object to) and I saw an image that disturbed me of a person being photographed with a monkey who was obviously a photographers prop.
I’m not going to name you, I don’t know you yet and you’re probably a perfectly nice animal lover who understandable couldn’t resist a cute fluffy little guy who reminds us of ourselves.
Lots of well meaning people are suckered by these photographers and have no idea of the cruelty and suffering that lead these intelligent and sensitive animals to the point at which you had your photograph taken with them. I will just leave you with a little information.
Born Free Alert – Photographers Props
And I’ll leave you on a happy note to show where the lucky few end up. Monkey World.
Please take a moment to read ‘A Tribute to Charlie‘ (.pdf)
Thank you x
I just rode the whole of the route for my sponsored ride. 9.7 miles in 2 hours. Feeling incredibly chuffed with myself. I’m still very glad I postponed the ride because in a month I’m going to be feeling A1 for the Big Day.
Before I go to bed, just a quick update to say the ride is being put back to AUGUST 10TH. Things just haven’t come together the way they should and I need to get more rides in. It’s annoying as hell but I don’t want to risk a repeat of February’s wipe out. Thanks for understanding xxx