Yesterday was Madam’s 12th birthday, she opted to stay home and leave me to do parkrun solo. As I stood waiting for the start it occurred to me that it was almost exactly 12 years ago to the minute that we brought her home from the hospital and if you had told me then that I would run 4 marathons, 3 half marathons, numerous 10k’s and a weekly 5k then I would have told you that you were mad (Granted at that point walking was tricky let alone running, but still running was not something I did). Likewise if I had told friends and family that I would do that they would have not believed it either. Funny how things turn out.
Parkrun went well, I am loving the new course, it is almost totally dry too! Yay.
The rest of my day was spent in Exeter as Madam and her friend went birthday money spending. I mooched around the city exploring the previously unexplored. I was pleased to find the Exeter War Memorial that had recently been featured on the news. On the top is Victory
she stands 8 ft high figure and is trampling over the ‘Demon of Tyranny and Wrong’, I love this. Around the base are four bronzes:-‘soldier at rest, a sailor astride the hull of a ship with a figurehead in the form of the Exeter City Coat of Arms, a prisoner of war inspired by the work done by Lady Owen and a group of Exonians with prisoners of war in Germany and a VAD nurse alongside a sheaf of corn and a shrapnel shell, representing agricultural and arms work done by woman.‘ I would have thought it was quite unusual to have a War Memorial that features a Nurse and a POW, this is a great acknowledgement.
I was really pleased to have found it on such a nice day, to be able to spend time admiring it.
Just round the corner saw this great plaque
Yes it all happens in Exeter it seems, best I make sure I behave myself and watch where I park my broomstick from now on!
Today was an early morning 9 miler, followed by three hours shopping with Madam, then window washing and cutting of grass, got to love a lazy weekend!
Hope you have all had a good one.