What Marriage is All About

I went out for a coffee with a friend today. Over the course of the conversation, I just happened to mention that I was going to be climbing Kilimanjaro in the future, like 18 months into the future, and that as part of my training I had joined a hill-walking group. My friend asked me if my husband was going to be doing it with me? She was a little surprised when I said NO!

It then dawned on me that I was expecing my darling husband to make a huge compromise, to allow me to do what I was planning to do. Marriage is all about making compromises, big and small, and it probably doesn’t get much bigger than this. Saying goodbye to your wife as she sets off to go to deepest darkest Africa, to climb a mountain, not knowing if she is fit and able to achieve it, to not be there by her side as she achieves it, as no doubt I will.

When I first moved 400 miles to be with him, leaving behind my life as I knew it, I thought I was making all the compromises, and he was making very few, if any, after all, his life was going on as usual, same house, same friends, same golf club, same GP. It was me that was up-rooting my daughter and having to find all those new things to replace the old life I was leaving behind. Now I am beginning ot understand that he is compromising too. In different ways.DSC_0183


Enrolling for a Dream

I chose to sign up for the Kilimanjaro trek purely for the sense of achievement I am expecting when I reach the top. If this morning’s Nordic walk was anything to go by, then training is paramount. The wind was howling off the sea, so much so, that it was hard to breathe, let alone talk, as we strode along battling with the wind. My companion asked if I wanted to turn round and go back, but the thought of turning back, halfway up Kili, is not an option, so I kept plodding on, reminding myself how I got through the 10 run last September……I paced myself. Funnily enough a post came up on facebook the other day for another 10k run, in August this year. I must enrol, and get back to running again.

Every Journey Single Step


Beloved Boots


I am trusting these boots to take me comfortably up Kilimanjaro in 2019. They are not yet my beloved, that honour goes to my very 1st pair of walking boots, that unfortunately passed away last year. I hope this marriage is equally as happy.


8 Mile Walk, 2 hours of Silence

No words today, just pictures from an 8 mile walk right outside my backdoor. Home to all creatures great and small. Silence is Golden Let me be your Tour Guide

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Namaste Joy


Dancing up Kilimanjaro

New Year 2017/18 has seen me set an intention of climbing Kilimanjaro in September 2019. My application has been sent, and I in return have been sent some links to youtube videos. The one above has evoked a strong sense of movement and energy within my body, that I want to get up and dance. I am sure that in the coming months I am going to play this clip over and over again. Have a listen to it, and see if it evokes the same feeling in you?

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Reflecting On Our Travels

My recent trip to Fairways Country Club in  Quinto do Lago in the Algarve, Portugal was my most fun trip there to date, which I put down to a couple of facts. Firstly, my daughter came with us, for the first time in 7 years, and secondly my MIL wasn’t actually well enough to get out of the villa much, which meant I could go out and be a tourist. This meant that I had much more say in what we did, whilst we were out there. Instead of going to the same restaurants on the same day of the week, my daughter and I were able to get out and explore the area, like I had never done before.

We went on the pedalos, at the lake, a first.

We went on the Buggy Safari, a first. You can read my review on Trip Advisor by clicking here

We discovered The Shack, a first. My Trip Advisor review is here

We played tennis, a first.

We ate at the new restaurant Bovino’s, a first.

We listened to live music at The Shack on Thursday night, a first.

My husband and I ventured into Faro, after dropping my daughter off at the airport, a first.

I went shopping in the local area either with my daughter, or on my own, a first.

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We also did  some things that we do most visits to the Algarve.

We Barbecued a lot, more than usual, as my MIL wasn’t well enough to go out to eat. Fish, just 2 minutes each side, with barbied veggies and boiled new potatoes. These meals were simplicity in themselves, and so delicious.

Simple food, fish, algarve, quinto do lago

We had a Pimm’s most nights.

We visited the gypsy market at Quateira, for an hour, where I had my first donut there.

We watched Andy Murray playing at the French Open at Roland Garros.

We had freshly squeezed orange juice and loads of fresh fruit for breakfast.

We swam in our pool everyday, we read lots and we chilled lots.

What Now?

Well the case has been unpacked. The bikini and suntan lotion have been left in the case. As we live in Scotland, there won’t be much call for either before our next holiday in warmer climes in January 2017. My DD and I are off to the Caribbean for my Birthday on the 5th, and New York for my DD’s 21st on the 14th. We have been planning this since she was 15, so 6 years in the wait. It is all booked, just needs to be paid for. Luckily whilst I was away the phone kept on ringing and I have even more work this week, to make up for the weeks I was away.

The artisan dishes that I bought to transform our dated hors d’hovres tray are now in situ, with a little creativity to get them to stay in place when the wheel revolves. What do you think?Dishes transformed

Caribbean and New York awaits, but before that, MB and I have a short break in Budapest in October. I hope that my holiday exploits have kept you amused and informed. I have writen several reviews on Trip Advisor, links are in this post.

Blessings Joy