Monday, 19 December 2016

Crafty Club Christmas Tree.

Hello. I remembered to take my camera with me this morning to Crafty Club, and called in at the church on the way to get a few snaps of our tree. Eeeee, it does look grand. I think it is better than the conventional tinsel adorned artificial tree they have on display at the front of the church. You can't beat hand made. 
There is a children's party on Thursday and they have a competition to name ten of the decorations on our tree. 

We were a bit short on numbers this morning, people have other things to do on the run up to Christmas. We are not meeting again until the second week in January because the next two Mondays are Bank Holidays.

Several people have asked about doing the 1000 mile walking challenge next year. I have already mentioned that I will not be making a separate page to log the monthly miles, however, in view of people's interest in the challenge I am willing to give everyone a day a month to log their own miles in a monthly comment. Therefore it is up to you to keep track of where you are, but everyone can see it.

So, starting on January 1st you can register your name as a participant. and on the 1st of every month you check in with your mileage. Note, there are people with the same name, please add something to your name to make it different from the others. Please try and stick to this plan because then it is a group effort and everyone can support each other. You can comment on your walking at any time of the month, but it would be better if you logged your mileage on the 1st, then everyone is in the same blog post.

Basically, I am not going to hold your hand, you need to do it for you. I will be there to urge you to keep going, and to encourage you. I want to see those number increase month by month. It's up to you how you do it, long walks, short walks, and how you check your own progress. Whether you use an electronic gadget, or use a site like bikehike. you check your own miles.

People start New Year Resolutions with good intentions, but run out of steam part way through the year. If there is a good reason why you physically can't do it, don't worry. Maybe you could scale it down and find an exercise plan a bit easier. If there is nothing physically preventing you from walking then get off your bum and make the effort. 2.73 miles a day can be done in just under an hour. Remember, you are doing it for you, for your health, not for me or anyone else. Best of luck.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip


  1. You are fab at this. Enough support to get people going and then gentle prods on the way. Bloody marvellous. xx Hugs and Merry Christmas to you and your lovely pets. xx

  2. Brilliant! Thank you so much Ilona for allowing your blog to continue to record our walking.
    This is the only incentive I need. It just feels that's there's a group of us doing it and though we don't directly communicate there's a cammeraderie out there to encourage each other with you being the best encourager. We have 2.31 miles to go but will keep going till 31st. .........and then start all over again! Sue

  3. I love that tree! I'm just catching up now, off work at last. Hope fluffies are well especially Bugsy. Your holidays looked really good too, I'm going to look into the hotels you stayed in,xxxxx

  4. Hi Ilona man here, love your blog and the way you look after your companions, i will be registering on the 1st for the walking if thats ok,

    1. That's great Ray. Glad to have you on board.

  5. great looking tree Ilona, I hope to walk while I cant cycle -boohoo. I think its great that you let people take responsibility for them selves

  6. Wonderful ornaments and tree. Happy Christmas and New Year to you! I have an ailing cat who just lost his companion 4 weeks ago, so I hope your Bugsey will enjoy the New Year, too.

  7. Love the tree! I think it's better than last year.
    I won't be doing the challenge this time around. I walk on my own, or with two friends, most days. So, there's no need to keep track again. I was curious to see how many miles i could get in, though. It's always an eye opener! It's so cold here that the dog is limping in just a few minutes. Not fit for man, either.

  8. Merry Christmas to you Ilona. Tonight I have been watching you on television here in New Zealand. Congratulations once again for your prize in Shed of the Year. It felt like I met you in real life:-)

  9. Congratulations on a lovely tree some beautiful decorations and I am sure the children will love naming the toys.
    Enjoy your day.
    Hazel c uk

  10. I'll be joining in the walking challenge next year, so thank you for continuing with it. The Christmas tree is wonderful; I really like the idea that the children can name 10 of the decorations. I also want to say - some may fling their hands up in horror, but just my opinion - it is also fabulous that no real fir trees used: I've nothing against Christmas but I do hate the fact we still adhere to the Victorian tradition of a 'real' tree, (I know many will say it's someone's livelihood to cultivate the trees etc). Years ago I spent a fraught Christmas lunch at someone's (who insisted on a 6' tree) and they were constantly hoovering to collect the needles from their precious carpet - they were stressed and the guests were uncomfortable. Not what Christmas is about really I think. Amanda

  11. Ilona,
    The tree looks grand! Also, thanks for keeping the walking project up, and I think the new format will be perfect. I will not get to 1,000 this year yet am happy that I walked almost every day and did hundreds of miles! You also got me thinking about bicycling so I may borrow one for a while and give it a try. Thanks again and merry Christmas!


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