I felt a need to do a quick review of 2009 because it hasn’t been a bad year. It’s mainly going to be pictures and links I think, but we’ll see what happens! So, the year started rather quietly as always and (I think) I decorated our bedroom using some of my left over holiday days!
As we moved in to February, we were hit by some major snow days which pretty much brought the country to a stand still! Hardly anyone could get to work on the Monday morning – Sam couldn’t drive and all of my trains were cancelled. We, like many people, worked from home. Although I feel we might have been the only ones to actually work since everyone else has lots of nice pictures from snow walks whilst we have none! During all of this, I continued training for the Womens Head of the River Race in March and, after reaching a new 5k PB time of 20:22.9, I made it in to our single racing eight!
After Eights Head, we were definitely in to Spring and the first major event of Spring 2009 was Clare and Matt’s wedding up near Manchester. Sam was the DJ so we drove all the equipment up there the Friday before ready for the big day on Saturday!
In May, regatta racing started with Peterborough Spring where I lost my novices, finally! We then went to Bedford Spring, where we made the final but were not victorious sadly!
Towards the end of May we had a weeks holiday and went up to the Lake District, via Chester, for a few days of walking. When we came back, the weather was really getting nice and the garden was really starting to take off. The ‘first’ flower bed was in full bloom:
The decking and new flower bed:
The veg patch:
In July, Sam took his DJ-ing to a whole new level at the Broxbourne Captains BBQ by applying the pirate theme to all his equipment (with my help):
July was also another good rowing month. A trip to St Neots regatta was once again made and my crew (WIM3.4+ with Ruth Moody, Lou Morris, Me, Claire Haylock and Sarah Gilliver (cox)) had possibly the worst draw. Not only were we in the branch of the race tree which resulted in the max number of possible races to get to the final, but our opposition in both heats and the semi would be fresh to the race! However, we saw them all off, including Barnes Bridge Ladies in the semis who thought they would have us because we had just gone from one race straight to theirs! Over a length lead showed them otherwise. We then had a 7 hours wait until the final, but we won! A seconds point and the victory was all the sweeter because we truely earned it this time.
At the start of August, Helen came back from Australia for Katherine’s wedding in Geneva. She had a few free days in her itinerary so she booked a little house in Bath and Carol, Jenny, Helen and I had a couple of days down there to catch-up and relax!
The weekend after Bath was the final regatta of the summer, the big one – Peterborough Summer. After our success at St Neots and Ruth and I winning a third point at Sudbury, the Ruth/Lou/Angela/Claire/Sarah crew had to race WIM2.4+. We came second in our first heat so had to race in the repacharge. We won the repacharge easily. Lou, Claire and I then came in a very close second in the WIM1.8+ final before dashing straight over to our four, arriving to the start in the nick of time and going on to win WIM2.4+!
At the end of August it was Mum and Dad’s thirtieth wedding anniversary. To celebrate we went to Paris for a long weekend. Everyone was in a good mood the whole time, lots of good food was eaten, good weather was enjoyed and Sam and I managed to go and visit Carol in her trendy Paris pad!
At the end of September, Sam and I had another week off work. We didn’t go away this time but had a break at home chilling around the house and going on some day trips, one of which included Hever Castle in Kent.
During October, the weather started to turn and the garden started to move in to winter mode. I was in training for Fours Head of the River crew selection and managed another PB 5k. I can’t remember the exact time but I think it was 20:21.9. As a result of that and some seat racing, I made the WIM1.4+ crew for Fours Head (with Amy, Michelle T and Lou). The day after I made the crew we raced at Bedford SBH (13.10.09) and we won our category – my first head race win and it got me a glass tankard! Feeling very positive, we continued training in earnest despite many ailments trying to disrupt us as much as possible! October also heralded the arrival of the BRC annual Dinner Dance which was an excellent evening as always! Lou and Gigi organised a brilliant event and Sam and I helped by picking out raffle prizes.
Mid-November saw the arrival of Fours Head day and the some of worst gales the country has seen for years! After hours of waiting, the race was regrettably cancelled. I shan’t go in to that more after my lengthy blog on the subject around the time of the event 🙂 However, one good thing to come out of November was my decoration of the living room. Sam also did some great work on the fireplace which is now looking quite smart!
December arrived along with all the usual festive tunes, parties and shopping! I didn’t have many events. My team event for work was early in December because a lot of people were out of the office in the store as we approached Christmas. Some unexpected weather hit the week before Christmas which meant my rowing squad Christmas curry had to be cancelled.
Christmas saw Sam and I head north for Christmas Day itself. We then headed down to Surrey on Boxing Day. Back home now, we are just relaxing and enjoying the end of 2009 – just over 8 hours left now!
So, that is my review of 2009. It seems long but it is a very cut down version! I hope that 2010 is as busy and successful, if not more so! Now it’s time for a cup of tea so I shall leave you with two pictures, one of the fruits of my rowing labour for the this year, and the second of my favourite festive friend!
Happy New Year everyone!