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become a UK citizen (read all 5 entries…)
Done it!

2 October 2014 had my citizenship ceremony. Celebrated with a fancy lunch with husband and a friend.

A week later I sent off my UK passport application and soon I’ll be travelling on my UK passport for the first time.

Complete an Audax ride
Done two now

And two more booked!

Cycle from London to Brighton (read all 2 entries…)
Happening on Friday!

Overnight ride to Brighton with the Fridays crew on 23 August. Hills look tough, a pause or two may be needed.

become a UK citizen (read all 5 entries…)
Application sent

At end of July. Can take up to 6 months. Just got to wait and hope now.

Cycle a 100 km ride
Rode from Twickenham to Oxford

then train to Paddington in London then home from Paddington. Total 73 miles or around 115 km. Mission accomplished.

Top tips: hydrate well, including the day or two before the ride; drink frequently on the ride.

Eat a lot. I had an energy snack every hour or so. Helped a lot.

I was very hungry all the next day after the ride but no aches and pains – in fact I went for a swim and felt pretty good.

Visit another new country
Went to Egypt!

Booked a cheap break to Sharm el Sheikh in April. Very warm and sunny. Had an exhausting day trip to Cairo, saw the pyramids and sphinx. Enjoyed it but hard work too.

become a UK citizen (read all 5 entries…)
Passed the test today

Big day today, passed my Life in the UK test. I’ve been studying for a while from books, then recently downloaded an app of official tests. Generally this was a dull rote learning exercise. I was anxious about the test and very pleased to pass it.

Now just got to do a big form filling exercise, get a pic taken, get two referees, work out from my passport stamps which days I was out of the UK over the past three years, get a whole load of documents together, get my form and documents checked and authorised copies made…then pay a large sum of money and send it all off!

Need to crack on to hit my 2012 target for completion.

Cycle from London to Brighton (read all 2 entries…)
No firm plan - but doing some training

OK, so I’ve got a lovely speedy new road bike and now I’ve finally started commuting by bike – 14 miles. I ride to work from home and do a train assisted return journey – round trip mileage of around 23 miles.

Next step is to build up – either commuting more frequently, from 2 to 3 to 4 or 5 days a week, or by riding the full distance both ways.

Ive also found a great cycle group that does night time longer-distance rides: Friday Night Ride to the Coast. They do Brighton rides. Need to improve my fitness before I go for this but getting there.

learn to read a map and use a compass (read all 3 entries…)
Done it!

Went on the two day course and it was hard work. We even had homework on the first evening.

So now I can understand a map, orient myself in a location using topographical features or a compass, work out grid references and plan a hike. I even got a qualification -NNAS bronze award.

Very pleased with it, need to go out and do sone practising now.

learn to read a map and use a compass (read all 3 entries…)
Booked a course!

Booked in for a weekend at the end of March.

Doing it here:

walk the Thames Path (read all 2 entries…)

Have now completed four sections of the Path: one, two, four and five.

Need to catch up on three.

Complete the Couch to 5k running programme
Up to Week 2 now

Tomorrow all being well I will do Week 2, run 2. Week 2 is tougher!

visit a new country (read all 2 entries…)
Went to Switzerland and had a great time

Beautiful mountains and lakes, total forms of transport used: eight. Went to Zermatt, saw the Matterhorn. Met a friend in Zurich. Visited Bern. Stayed in Lucerne. Lovely trains, public transport that worked properly.

Watch 'The Boy' on DVD (read all 2 entries…)

I tidied up over Christmas and found this DVD. Got sick during the holidays and watched it.

Enjoyed it, felt homesick a bit too.

Go to the Wallace Collection

Enjoyed it a lot. I have been there before but only to have lunch in the nice restaurant! This time I looked at the collection and it was fun.

Go to all the 2011 shows at Tate Britain

Saw two yesterday: Susan Hiller and the Watercolour show.

Watercolours moved me less than anticipated but was interesting to see how much more flexible a form it was than I had expected.

Susan Hiller I liked but didn’t find terribly engaging. What stayed with me the most was the canvases she had painted and later frayed into their threads and plaited or wove or tangled the threads into new shapes. Absolute highlight was a work in a darkened room with hundreds of little speakers, each playing a description of aliens. The speakers looked like stars hanging in the gloom. I gazed at it for quite a while, enjoyed the visual aspects more than the aural.

become a UK citizen (read all 5 entries…)

Studied today, a little. I am taking the book on my commute and read it then. Some information on UK life is quite interesting, esp the statistical information.

Go to cinema with a new friend

I’ve taken a step towards this. Well two steps really.

I am a bit cinema phobic, don’t like sitting amongst lots of people and easily irritated by people talking, texting, eating etc. Decided I had to get over it and have been to cinema a few times with friends and on my own. Realised I actually felt quite anxious when I was sitting in the cinema. Now I’ve been a few times it doesn’t worry me so much.

Second step – bought two tickets to Howl and asked on FB if anyone wanted to come with me. An old colleague did, hadn’t seen her for ages. Had a lovely evening :-)

contact friends I haven't seen in a while (read all 2 entries…)

Finally wrote a thank you note to a friend who had a Shrove Tuesday dinner way back at the start of March

contact friends I haven't seen in a while (read all 2 entries…)

Booked to visit friends in Ely on 29 April!

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