Week 9 day 60 – Friday 22nd May

  • 65 minutes at 120 watts
  • Max heart rate = 117 bpm
  • Calories = 554 (total so far = 20598)
  • Distance covered = 23.41 miles
  • Total distance so far = 774.15

Back in time again to some old favourites from The Communards. They were only around for a relatively short length of time but recorded some great songs. Some of you may know that the Reverend Richard Coles (of Saturday morning Radio 4 fame) used to sing with them.

As I leave behind the Cotswolds, it’s not long before I’m into another AONB – The Mendip Hills, a stunning landscape of steep slopes,  spectacular gorges and rocky outcrops. 

Perhaps the most famous area is Cheddar Gorge, a limestone gorge and series of caves where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be over 9,000 years old, was found in 1903.

I pass through Chew Magna and Chew Stoke and continue along the shore of Chew Valley Lake, popular with bird watchers and anglers.

And my final destination for the day is Priddy, a village with a long history. The Priddy Circles, a stone circle or henge monument appears to be contemporary with Stonehenge, dating it to 2180 BC and south of the village at Deer Leap is a Bronze Age burial ground.  

The Priddy Pools and Priddy caves (both SSSI) were formed by the Romans working lead here as far back as 300-200 B.C.

A cautionary tale….

In testing times, such as those we find ourselves in, there is the occasional hankering for a sweet treat. One route is to find a recipe that holds promise of that, whilst still ticking the healthy box; oats, almond butter, bananas, raspberries and a tiny amount of chocolate – and no sugar – what’s not to like? If you like chewing your way through a macramé drinks coaster, then they might be for you. Of course, they will get eaten – eventually – but unfortunately, they didn’t tick the ‘treat’ box. A couple of hours later and Mary had made a few more things to fill that gap. No prizes for guessing which ones got left behind at the bake sale. 

We all need treats at the moment, whether it’s some indulgent beauty products, a glass of good wine or a tasty morsel – just don’t eat the whole tray!