Into the West Woods

Last weekend, it finally happened…we moved into our new house and began our lives as Marlborough residents. We’re actually just outside Marlborough, in the tiny village of West Overton. From our bedroom window, over the garden, I can see the curve of hills and a trail which heads up and over, towards the West Woods….

An evening with the Shrewton Running Club

I’m hoping that over time, this blog becomes a bit of a resource for runners in Wiltshire and the South West of England, and today’s post has that goal in mind.  Thanks to Shrewton Running Club for letting me use their Facebook photos here.   One thing that’s struck me here in the UK is the…

Hiking Pewsey Downs to Oare

So we MAY be moving this coming weekend. We MAY be getting the keys on Friday. It’s not 100% guaranteed but there’s a good chance that this is our last week in limbo! Last week, we took advantage of limbo to sneak in another day’s hike in our new part of the world. I’m kind…

Running in September

For a running blog, I haven’t talked about running that much lately! So let’s do that! September running actually was pretty awesome! I ran 108 miles, my highest monthly total in 2017 and I really enjoyed every single mile! I’m really loving running at my parents’ home on Salisbury Plain. I’m establishing new routes, exploring…

Escape to Dorset

Last week was tough. (First world tough, obviously, but tough nevertheless). Both the Husband and I got totally fed up with the endless wait to get the keys to our house, and I had a pretty uncharacteristic melt-down. The Dude was poorly and got sent home from school. The Husband walked into a glass door…

Hiking Pewsey Downs to Avebury

We are currently in a period of limbo…not living in California any more but not yet moved into our new house and able to start our new lives. We have to wait at least two more weeks until we get the keys…which is driving me CRAZY!!  We’ve been using this time of waiting as well…

Culture Shock

We’ve been back in the UK for one month!! On the whole it’s been flipping wonderful. It’s fantastic to be back with our families. It’s REALLY fantastic to be back with my cat. But it’s also funny how different the UK seems to us after seven years away. Some things have struck us in the…

Canal-running and coffee!

One of the joys of relocating is exploring your new world! We’re still waiting to get into our house (start of October, maybe, fingers crossed) but the Dude has started his new school. The drive every day is long but gorgeous! Yesterday, my Dad asked if he could come on the school-run with us. He…

Marlborough Tiny Temple Race Report

Last week, as the Husband and I drove through our future home-town of Marlborough, we noticed a banner on some railings advertising a trail half-marathon – the Temple Trail Half Marathon. I’m very definitely not in half-marathon shape but I saw when googling that there was also a 5-miler, named the Tiny Temple.  I could…

Trails in Motion 2017

Last night, the Husband and I took advantage of Grandparent babysitters and drove an hour south to Wimborne, a little town in Dorset, where the Trails in Motion Film Festival was being shown. This collection of films has been an annual highlight of mine for several years now; we went in 2014, 2015 and 2016….

Well, that was humbling!

If you know a British person in real life, you will know that 90% of conversations will start with a comment about the weather. Partly it’s small-talk, partly it’s an opening gambit to build the conversation on and partly it’s a genuine national obsession with the weather. The weather has been one of the biggest…

It’s time to get stuck in!

So I did some playing around with the blog this week in case you didn’t notice 🙂 I changed the name, I changed the design, I changed the layout. I didn’t change the URL but if I decide I like the changes, I may well do that at some point. Thanks to my Crazy Cat…