So I wonder, what is your typical Saturday? Do you have a lie-in? Do you catch up with household chores, or with friends, or do you manage both? Is your Saturday just not a Saturday without some retail therapy? Or sport? Or do you prefer to spend some time at home with your family?
Or are you like us and do a bit of everything?
Most Saturdays for us include some running, and in particular cross country running by the younger members of the family. With all the heavy rain we have had this winter, this season's cross country has been a particularly muddy affair, and most Saturdays we return home with a pile of shoes like this:
So here are running spikes and walking shoes waiting for the boot fairy. And of course there is the pile of muddy clothes to accompany said muddy shoes. But we all come home happy - it's a great reason to get out of the house and into the fresh air on Saturday mornings. And what a great excuse for the young people to get muddy!
Last year the cross country runners were contending with snow, and the national cross country championships held at Herrington Country Park, Sunderland in March provided the runners with some particularly challenging and novel conditions - 6 inches of snow which soon became churned up into several inches of mud once a few hundred runners had stamped their way through it. They finish their races exhilarated and puffing in the cold air.....
In a slightly different vein, but still related to shoes I took my younger son into town on Saturday to buy a new pair of school shoes - he had complained that his socks were getting wet even when it is had only rained a little. So we had a short shopping trip in the afternoon and purchased a pair of shoes from Clarks. When we got home my son had a rather closer inspection of his school shoes and realised why his socks refused to stay dry - the reason? A hole somewhat larger than a 10 pence piece in the sole and lining of one shoe and a similar size hole in his other shoe, with just the inner lining protecting his socks - hardly waterproof!!
We now have one happy young man in the house - eager to where his new shoes for school.
And today I'll leave you with a photo of my amaryllis. This was given to me as a bulb for my birthday in December - isn't it a beauty? The colour is a deep, stunning, red with an orangey hue too.