Warwick Castle in pictures

We took a family trip to Warwick Castle with our new Merlin Annual Passes and had an amazing day.  The sun was out and it was warm too this made so much of a change after all this rain we have had. The boys are into their armoury, so the amazing talk by Ben on swords, maces, Continue reading →

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2014 Fitness Update – Week 3

This is the 2014 fitness log – week 2

week beginning: 27/1/2014

Weight: 13st 3lb – 2lb weight loss this week

Age: 39 years and 31 weeks

Activity this week:

Wednesday 29th Jan – Session 7 – Warm up walk, followed by 5 minute run, 2 minute walk x 4 reps = 28 minutes

Oh my word a huge ramp up from last Wednesday but I gave it a go.
I was keen to get going as it was chilly.
Rep 1 was ok I was just thinking how was I going to go much further when Julie shouted out 10 seconds to go and I was done. Couldn’t catch my breath for a while but after a walk I was ready to go again.
Rep 2 was a bit harder so I think we slowed it down a bit but got to the end.
Rep 3 felt so much better though twinges under my ribs at the back so Julie suggested I try and suck in the tummy muscles as I was probably tensing as trying to concentrate on my breathing but actually this rep was ok.
Rep 4 felt easy compared to all the others, was this mentally I knew it was the last or it just took me that long to get into my stride.
Suzanne told me that no runner really enjoys the first mile.
2 miles covered and 20 minutes run and 8 minute walk.

Saturday 1st February – Session 8 – Warm up walk, followed by 5 minute run, 2 minute walk x 4 reps = 28 minutes. Well that was the plan.

The sun was out, no rain, bit chilly should have been brilliant. Today I felt like I hit the wall struggling to breath correctly meant that I was struggling even with a 3 minute run. Struggled through 2 reps then gave up and walked the rest of the route home ! Angry angry angry with myself no one else.

Now to sweep that one under the carpet and move along to the next adrenalin fix. Monday night I will be coming for you 24 minutes of running

Warner Bros – The Making of Harry Potter – Review

Today I took the boys and my sister to The Making of Harry Potter.  We love Harry Potter and really loved Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando.

We thought as my son’s birthday is on Halloween it would be a great place to visit.  We had so many recommendations and were very excited.

We arrived early for our 1.00pm tour and had a wander around the shop and purchased a couple of wands and mentally made a list of other purchases we wanted before we left.

We had a quick snack in the café before joining the queue to start the tour.

Queue time was about 30 minutes before we reached the start of the tour.  Although we could see the Anglia, the trolleys that Ron and Harry used on platform 9 3/4 to carry their bags and the cupboard under the stairs it seemed to be missing something.   For me, that was the Harry Potter music.

The tour itself was amazing with insights into how props were created, beasts were animated, troll snot was made and used and much much more.  Animatronics, green screens, CGI, sets, costumes I do think this is fabulous place not just for Harry Potter fans but anyone with any interest in engineering, film making, costume making and acting.  The boys weren’t keen to fly the on the broomstick in the green screen room, but we did sit in the Anglia and on the night bus, had a walk in Diagon Alley and we even saw the Death Eaters appear, they were actually quite scary.

We did have trouble getting past the fact that it was a studio tour and not a theme park like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. I think we had spoilt it for ourselves by going to Orlando first.  I bet if they combined the two to make a Harry Potter Theme Park it would be totally amazing.  Leo was looking forward to a ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff he couldn’t get the concept that there were no rides there.