Happy New Merry and The Great North Swim

Doing a little 'wild swimming' with my friends
Doing a little 'wild swimming' with my friends


We’re here!

Happy New Year and all that associated malarkey 8) .

I hope your Christmas break was filled with thoughts about how you could be more resourceful with the rubbish you found yourself wading through.  If like me, you managed to miss the bin men, you’re probably still harbouring a stack of recycling for the good truck and a couple of bags of rubbish film and irritating plastic for the bad truck – boy that stuff annoys me.

I’ve had a tremendous break away from all things with plugs on, including computers and it has done me the world of good, but for the latter part of the holiday, I found myself itching to grab a pen and paper and have been merrily scribbling my rubbish thoughts for the blog and for the new book too!  It’s just all too exciting!

I’ve tried to steer away from making any resolutions I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep but have entered ’09 with a burning passion to do something really worthwhile and have decided to combine reducing the size of my lardy butt (partly gained whilst sitting and penning ‘The Book of Rubbish Ideas’) with raising money for a charity close to my heart, NACOA (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics).  If you’ve read my book, you’ll certainly recognise their name and know I donate money from the sale of each book to them already.

I’ve decided to ditch the choco, exercise myself into a healthier frame and do The Great North Swim in September, which equates to a mile of open swimming across Lake Windermere in beautiful Cumbria.

The water temperature will be somewhere in the region of about 15 degrees (read as: fippin’ cold) and I’ll have to don a rather attractive rubber suit – nice – which will help keep the heat in (especially useful, as I’m about to shed all my natural insulation..Kit Kat, come back)…

I have set up a ‘Just Giving’ page for anyone that wants to donate any loose change found down the back of the sofa (sterling, sheckles, US$, Yen and buttons, all accepted).

There’s an overwhelming feeling of well-being that washes over you when you do a voluntary something and put a little of your time and energy back into the world’s pot – perhaps this might serve as a timely thought provoker for you and if you’re starting the New Year with a similar plan, please drop a note into the comments box!  I’d love to see what madness you’re planning on too!

Oh, it’s so nice to be back in the saddle again!

Rubbishly yours,

TS x