I love half term as it gives us more time to do stuff with the children – this week we’ve been out on lots of healthy walks looking for early signs of Spring. We visited the Roman museum in Canterbury and had a fantastic day at Bewl water.
I’ve also managed to track down a second hand run for the guinea pigs so they’ve been able to swap the nightly romp round the dining room floor for the healthier fresh air alternative of the garden. The only drawback is that they are now more exposed to the over eager attentions of next door’s dog Barney. From the kitchen window I can see him, nose pressed up against the run like a kid outside a sweetshop trying to decide which one to sample first!
Half way through the week I flew out to Finland for two days to represent NIVEA at a fitness class for international journalists. I was really worried about the shockingly low temperature (I’d been told -37!) as I’m definitely more of a beach babe than a snow bunny! Worried about the risks of immediate frostbite on arrival, I dressed in five layers and managed to cram a pair of moon boots into my carry-on holdall, I then spent an uncomfortable flight suffering slightly from heat exhaustion! In the end I needn’t have worried as it was -3 and not bad at all. The fitness class went off really well, no one was suffering too much from the cocktails the evening before.
I loved Helsinki and would really love a return visit to visit Lapland and sample all of the Finnish delights.
The food was interesting – having politely declined some bear pate, I then tucked into a stew which was totally delicious but which I suspected might have been Reindeer – ignorance is sometimes bliss.
I’m now back in England, basking in the Spring like conditions and the hayfever has started to sneak up on me so dosing up on anti-histamine and looking like Rudolph already!