The Blogs Back -Part One

Le Grand Depart – Yorkshire

It was definitely a weekend of firsts, we’d never been camping before, I’d certainly never stood on a road side for what seemed like forever waiting to watch a cycle race and typically it was the first time in ages Wakefield had beaten the Rhinos and we missed it!!

So to the camping, after a week of glorious sunshine, come Friday it started to rain. Come the time we needed to put the tent up it was wanging it down -joy!! We were only an hour from home, wouldn’t it have been easier to get up ridiculously early the following morning and drive over… To be honest, when we arrived we did kind of wonder what we were letting ourselves in for, there were some rather strange characters around. My Facebook postings for the next 12 hours went something like this;

We’re here, the tents up, the inflatable pillows will be fab for dwarves, the self inflating mats haven’t inflated,it’s pissing it down, the locals running the camp have all got huge teeth, the girl next door thinks she’s come to Glastonbury ( short dress, fat arse, white legs n wellies) the rozzers keep walking up and down, a man keeps checking our blue bands to make sure we’ve paid, I have a lager in my hand, the rugby’s on the radio, Phil Bentham’s just disallowed a Wakey try (knob!). I quite like camping!!!

So after dancing in a field and drinking lots of beer (well lots for me!) I slept like a log. The rain poured down,next doors dog howled all bleeding night, and just how many planes fly into Leeds Bradford, I did sleep honest!! Thankfully the country bumpkins didn’t wake me to ask to look at my blue band. We’ve just had brekkie, the suns trying to get out, not long to wait now!!

All in all, everything went to plan, we got the tent up in double-quick time due to the rain, the live band was great and the actual race day was amazing, so good we did it all again the following day -minus the tent. We cycled there and then along some of the route, great to get cheered for pedalling ten times slower than the actual cyclist!!

It was a great weekend, and strange how those on the route varied from one day to the next. Saturday we were surrounded by lycra clad cyclists (SOME REALLY SHOULDN’T) with light weght bikes, heart rate monitors and more gadgets than an apple shop. Sunday was the mountain bike brigade, baggy shorts, baggy tops, muddy bikes and off road maps. Did it make me want to buy a road bike…. No thanks -have you seen the size of those saddles!!

A great weekend. So glad we went to watch.

The tent dried out eventually.

Bring it on!

A Bit of a Stomp…………….Maybe Not!!!

jby0063lWell I’ve finally thawed out – I think it was about 3 this morning before the fluffy socks came off. Still I won’t be getting that cold again, I’ve got thermal socks and gloves for the next time I head out on the bike -I might even put them on when we play hockey next week. Thankfully it was indoor PE today, though I’ve got to say the dodgy heating in the hall meant it could have been a balaclava moment. In fact never mind the temperature I could have done with the balaclava to drown out the noise. Doing a stomp with year 2 seemed like such a good idea at the time…….

Actually, it’s been loads of fun. I got the idea from another school who were appearing at the ‘Royal Albert Hall’ for the Schools Prom at the same time as us (ahem) Yep I can’t sing for toffee but my claim to fame is singing live there- thankfully there was another 200 in the choir to drown me out  – I’ve appeared at Sheffield Arena as well and I was once in Hello Dolly…… Sorry I’m waffling – back to the stomp. So this school used things like bike wheels, pans, broom handles and their hands and feet to make music – it was amazing. So with part of this terms creative curriculum being about rhythm and beat I thought I’d give it a go. 

To anybody stood outside the school hall it probably sounds like an awful row but in reality – with the help of we will rock you – we are stomping. We may not have the bike tyres and broom handles but we’ve got home-made shakers, coffee tins and plastic bin lids and after only 3 weeks they are getting the hang of it. Not such a bad idea after all. The Methodist School Stomp – coming to a stage near you soon………………….

Stomping through to Saturday

Big weekend ahead

Bring it on

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