Hope everyone had a fun-filled Halloween weekend!?
Ours started with our annual pumpkin carving competition (remember last year?!). The boys used their power tools again whilst Mumsy and I used knives. Can you guess which is which?
The milk chocolate digestives is what edged the girls’ team in front 😉 That, and the fact I called dibs on being judge.
Saturday we went for a cycle in the pouring rain and wind (but it WAS surprisingly warm) – it was nice to get the bikes out. No pics of the cycle so I shall leave you with our new garage setup (I really don’t know how we coped having 4xbikes in a 1 bedroom flat!):
(turbo ready to go too!)
I got some really good advice from amazing cyclists recently on how to make the turbo fun (particularly in cold, dull, grey garages when I was used to snacks and Sky TV at my beck and call in my living room!). More hard core interval sessions will definitely pass time, as well as plugging my music into speakers and putting up motivational posters! Watch this space…
Oh, and there was an overflow of wood delivered (we got too much for the wood shed!) so the garage is a little packed for a while!
After our cycle, we popped to the local cafe (Alford Bistro) for some pumpkin spiced lattes (yes they have those in the country!), and went to the craft fair at the Heritage Museum. This was all before 11am!
When we got back, Mummy came round to give a mother’s touch to the new house ie CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!!! She was phenomenal! I awarded her with Halloween cake.
(from our work’s bake sale…yummy!)
Halloween’s evening was pretty non-eventful. I was expecting lots of trick or treaters, hence why I wanted to stay in the hose on our 1st Halloween. Alas, we got like 8 trick or treaters that all came at once! They were so friendly and polite though (although their jokes could have been better. Think “Why did the penguin go to the doctor? Because he wanted to.”) Next year I shall be taking up Kylie Babez’ offer of a spooky torch run!
The following morning CALLUM was coming over for a long run and lunch! He had a route all mapped out on his Garmin (#nerd #imjustjealous) and we set off around 9am after giving him a tour of the new pad of course 😉
I was a little nervous because a) I hadn’t done any double digit runs in a good couple months, b) Kyle and Callum are super fast, and c) I heard part of it would be on trails and we all know how I get on in trails!
18 miles later and I had had my first fall in mud (!), we all had soaking shoes from finding our way through bogs, and our legs were all goosed from the hills and the changes in terrain BUT it was 2.5 hours of so much banter and breathtaking views…right on our doorstep!! Stolen from Walker the photographer for the day:
(When will this hill ever end?!!?)
(Callum pretended he was behind because he was getting his camera out. I am that speck in the distance. Excuses, excuses…)
(the views were so pretty!)
(we made it to the top of “Littlehill”!)
(“I have been in better moods” – Debbie post mud fall)
(Welcome to our new home!)
(We live here!)
(Kyle making it look easy as always)
I managed to keep up (just!) and even tanked them on the final hill (still wheezing though…). We showered, sat down for a little bit then headed back down to the Alford Bistro, as Callum treated us to lunch as our housewarming (THANK YOU!!!).
(risotto, bacon burger and pulled pork burger…delicious!)
(Loving the autumnal themed decor!)
The walk back to the house was good for the legs, then Callum headed home and we did more housework (it’s slowly taking shape!). I had made butternut squash soup (COINCIDENTALLY identical to last Halloween’s soup!) and sourdough bread, so that was devoured on the sofa in the evening watching Stephen King’s IT on TV (I watch 1 scary movie a year.).
(pathetic pic BUT it also shows Walker (& Irina!)’s housewarming present they brought back from Hungary! We ❤ paprika 🙂 )
Oo oo, and another present that is too cute not to mention was on our doorstep Friday after we got back from work:
It was from Phil! Mainly to say thanks to Kyle for coaching him to his phenomenal 1st half time, but I wanted in on it too!
Ok last thing, yesterday I started NoChocolateNovember (I tried to do it in Stoptober but the Bennachie Hill Race had too many cakes to resist! I eat faaaaaaaaaaar too much chocolate so thing it will be a fun challenge to set (since I can’t race fast at the moment 😦 …) Wish me luck!!
What did you do for Halloween?
Any fancy dress?!
Ever stopped eating chocolate? Help!