Free Gelado and a gym at the park

As my egg sandwich breakfast kept me going so well on Thursday morning I thought I would attempt the same on Friday, knowing that I was going to be walking around a horse sanctuary all day with 25 kids and they would probably tire me out!image

We visited Redwings Ada Cole Rescue Centre in Harlow which took a bit of finding as both the satnav and the map we had been given directed us down a small narrow road with a weight restriction smaller than the weight of our bus!  Eventually we found an alternative route and made it in time.

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The Centre were great.  After having 45 minutes ‘free time’ to explore we split the girls into two groups and then one group went for a tour of the centre whilst the other went to have a presentation of some before and after pictures of the horses and learn about the types of neglect that often occur in the equine world.  They were excited to see some jars of worms and pus that they were shown!

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Afterwards we had just enough time for the kids (and Jenny!) to wander around the gift shop one more time, eat our lunch at the picnic benches and head back to school.

I enjoyed my lunch of half an orange, some grapes, lettuce and wensleydale and cranberries cheese.

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I did buy a KitKat from the shop as I felt like I needed to purchase something as we had visited entirely for free.  Although the kids had spent lots of money in there, so I needn’t have worried.  This KitKat cost me 95p!  Almost forgot to take a picture of it, but for 95p even the one bite I had left, must be photographed!

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We set off back to school again at 2pm but hit really bad traffic on the A14.  (I HATE the A14!)  I panicked that we weren’t going to make it back in time for kids to catch buses, and ended up ringing ahead and holding the buses.  Lucky I did, as at 3:40 (school finishes at 3:30) I ran with kids down the road to make sure they got their bus before it left!

Whilst waiting for my lift home from Dan I had an hour to kill and it was lovely weather outside so I went for a walk around the Park.  When I ran around here last week I saw these gym machines so today I went to take a closer look…

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I found it quite odd seeing the machines in the park.  Especially the ‘stepper’.  It’s a 15 minute walk from the road to where these machines were.  Couldn’t somebody wanting to increase their steps, just carry on walking around the pretty park?!

Has anyone ever seen this anywhere else before?!

Dan and I had decided to go out on a date night last night after another busy week.  Dan really wanted to go to Nando’s.  We’ve been once before.  I’m not a fan.  I’m not big on meat, and really went off chicken for a while but decided to give it a go anyway.  It was peak time – 7pm on a Friday night so we had about a 20 min wait for a table which was fine.  When we were sat I already knew I was planning on having a Mango Quencher – Cool and refreshing with a sweet splash of apple and pineapple. This was lovely and I could drink this forever!

imageFor my food I ordered a Beanie burger – Cheddar cheese, chickpea and sweetcorn burger pulsating with lentils, peas and pumpkin seeds.

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It was OK.  Nothing special.  We had to wait quite a while for our food to come out so the manager sent us some free desserts!  :)  I had a strawberries and cream gelado and Dan had a vanilla one.  These finished my meal off perfectly, and it was nice to leave feeling satisfied, but not too full.

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I’m not counting calories, or anything like that, but I like that the Nando’s website lets you count the calories in your entire meal and works out the total for you when you add sides/etc to your dish.

imageI think the last time I have a photo from going out I was in this dress too.  MUST BUY NEW CLOTHES!!!

Exam writing for six kids

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Last night was incredibly busy…it involved writing an exam for SIX kids.  Yes, just six kids in year 10 that are having mock exams next week.  The exams team told me I could use the paper that was posted to us for the January season earlier in the year, but then lost it and I cannot find a copy of it online.  Therefore last night I worked solidly from the moment I got home from school until 10pm writing a new paper.

I took two breaks.  One to photograph Dan feeding Bella her ‘Dreamies‘, something Dan picked up from the Co-op the other night and Bella goes crazy for!  The picture on the front of the packet is how my cat actually looks when Dreamies are involved!  What do they put in these things?!?!?!

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And the other break was to have a few wedges Dan cooked on the side of his dinner.  I wasn’t hungry enough to sit down for a full meal.  That egg really did keep me going all day yesterday!  Having a late lunch probably also played a part in me not fancying dinner when I got home.

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But I didn’t exercise yesterday either and the weather was so muggy.  It puts you off eating when it’s that hot.

I did get out for a run on Wednesday night with Maria from club.  She’s set the crazy task of running 2013 miles in the year 2013 so is out six days a week and desperate for company when she can get it!  She had planned 9 miles on Wednesday night, but we ended up stopping at 6.5 as she was really not feeling the run.  Isn’t it odd how some days you can happily run forever and others it’s incredibly difficult to get further than a mile without getting out of breath!

Today I’m out of school on a trip.  I have my camera so plan on taking loads of photos and having lots of fun.  I just hope I don’t lose any kids!  I did point out this morning though that my last school trip was to Africa where I took 20 year 11s and came back with every single one of them.  25 year 7-9s an hour up the road should be a doddle…right?!