Wednesday 11 November 2020


 Hello and welcome back for another edition of What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday, hosted by the lovely Julia.

Here is my desk looking rather empty - I have to confess that the photo is staged - it was taken late last night after an evening of zoom meetings, when I had put away my computer. On it is my empty mug of tea ready to go downstairs and be washed up, my two new notebooks/planners that I intend to use for next year (the paper quality is lovely), and my new swimming medal (for swimming 10,000m outdoors in October).  I have signed up for a November one, but with the colder water, darker nights and tons of work it is going to be hard to reach 10,000m so I have signed up for 5,000m which is more doable.

I have only done a little crafting this week - making Tim's birthday card as he celebrated his 50th birthday this weekend. 

As it was a lockdown birthday we celebrated with food (lots of food!) and films, and family silliness.

Other than that there is not much more to report. We are all staying safe and well. I am involved in our church online services, working hard and happily swimming whenever I can. I mostly swim in a lake, which is actually an old Victorian reservoir in a park in Sheffield (about 2 miles from here), or in the river plunge pool in the valley just below us.  They are both very different in feel as you can see from the photos so where I swim is a mood thing, especially as at the moment they are a similar temperature ~ 9oC. 

Standing under the waterfall is wonderful when it isn't too strong, as it feels like a massage. For those of you wondering, I don't wear a wetsuit due to a shoulder injury (I can't get them on or off by myself and getting dry and warm quickly after getting out is essential), but I do swim in a hat and have neoprene gloves and socks - they make all the difference.

That is all from me for now. I hope that you all have a good week. Take care and stay safe, and let me know if there is anything I can do to help anyone.

With love & God Bless,



Neet said...

I love seeing the photos of you swimming - you look so happy and healthy. You have a lovely complexion and I think this is due to the water - keep going as long as you can.
Belated birthday greetings to your husband, lovely card and cake and what a fabulously happy family birthday card (once they stopped mucking about LOL)
Take care, Hugs and Blessings, Neet 5 xx

Sue said...

Beautiful photographs again. Thanks for sharing. I’m getting into the joys of planners and found it useful last night when I was in a zoom meeting. I was doodling away to help me concentrate. It really helped. Take care with hugs from Sue #18 xx

Catriona said...

Happy Birthday to Tim and fab card and cake. You sound busier than ever so glad that you can have a swim most days.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Happy Big Birthday to Tim! I do like his card, great idea and a lot of fun! I hope that you’re ok trying to sort everything out work wise in lockdown, it can’t be easy. I’m so impressed with th swimming and admire you a lot for still doing it!
Hugs LLJ 7 xxx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

10K - wow! I would need a medal just to get in the cold water LOL! Happy Birthday to Tim! All 3 of you look so fresh-faced in that photo! Love the card design as well - very creative! Might steal it! Could work well with my gelli prints! Have a lovely week! zsuzsa #21

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Caro, what gorgeous scenery, love to see your swim pics.The waterfall sounds wonderful, but I couldn't cope with it that cold, I'd start shivering, then I can't breathe.Happy Birthday to Tim, and fab card! Stay safe, have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #6 X

StampinCarol said...

Happy belated Birthday to Tim! Great card!
Love the scenery photos.
I envy you having pools to swim in!
Have a great week!
Carol N #28

Crafting With Jack said...

Fabulous nature photographs and I always love seeing you in the water. Who measures the distance you have swum over the month? Happy WOYWW Angela #29

Kathryn Frantz said...

Hi, Caro!
Great inspiration, as usual! Love your beautiful pictures as the seasons change.

The family shot is priceless! What does Tim do? I do not recall.

You are a wonderful example of surviving and thriving during a pandemic!

Stay safe and Happy Wednesday!


Julia Dunnit said...

Wow, Caro, all that busy, all that swimming and you have time to look forward to next year with new notebooks. You’re amazing. And oh, I can almost smell the new paper waiting for you. Bliss! Happy returns to Tim, tell him, it may not be very exclusive but it’s not a bad club to be in, this fifty thing!!

Spyder said...

Happy Birthday Tim! Love the card. The pictures are lovely but no way would or could I swim anywhere!! I sink!! I could swim but for some reason now I just sink! Happy WOYWW?! ((Lyn)) #34 (number 20 goes to the wrong link!

Helen said...

the photos from your mad cold swims make up for the temperature I am sure! good luck with the 5000m... I love Tim's card, and I am sure you all had a great celebration. Take care and stay safe (especially in the water!!) Helen #4

Anne said...

Hello Caro. Belated greetings to Tim. It looked and sounds like the best birthday. The photo of the three of you is lovely. I so admire your swimming accomplishments. Beautiful scenery up there. Can't wait to be able to visit family up there again. Take care, stay safe. Anne x 12

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Congrats on the medal Caro, well earned and here's to the next (makes me shudder at the thought of cold water!!) Belated Birthday wishes to Hubby, Family silliness that's the best way to celebrate a Birthday.
Happy WoywW Tracey #8

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Happy belated birthday Tim. I really must look into the Zoom thing as i am still not sure what I need to do to get it to work on my lap top. Wishing you a lovely creative week and a happy woyww, Angela x15x

Sarah Brennan said...

Good luck with the November swim challenge Caro and a belated happy birthday to Tim. The new journals look good! Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #1

Mary Anne said...

Another Happy Birthday wish for Tim, congrats on your medal, and a long shiver at the swimming photo. I admire your drive, and love the card.

Happy WOYWW! Sorry for the late visit - got sidetracked.
Mary Anne (2)

Stacy Sheldon said...

Oooh Brrrr Caro, I had assumed those were shots of swimming from last summer when it was much warmer. ( of course its snowed twice here in the last week so.) Happy birthday to your hubs, that is such a fun card. ~Stacy #30

Ellie said...

Congrats on the medal. Thats amazing, I certainly couldnt do an outdoor swim in oct or nov.
Adorable candle card
Ellie # 27

Shoshi said...

Brrrrr 9 degrees C? No thanks, Caro!!! You are made of tougher stuff than Shoshi, I'm afraid! Congratulations indeedy on the medal, and for signing up for another month's worth of freezing swimming! It sounds as if you've been pretty busy lately. My hubby gave me a Zoom lesson this week and I was able to join in our Arts Society lecture very successfully on Thursday. I now feel more confident about the upcoming WOYWW one! Hope you will be there too.

Thank you for visiting, and I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

Happy belated WOYWW and God bless,
Shoshi x #23

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Woohoo pop up comment box can say hi. Yippee. Very late...
Well done on the medal the birthday albeit in lockdown and your beautiful fall images, I’m amazed you swim at 9c that’s superwoman talent!
Lovely desky share sorry I’m late... again... 😁
Thanks for being a blessing, and may God bless you too, especially in these unusual times! Praying you’re all kept well too!
Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x 😊

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Diana Taylor said...

Gorgeous photos of your local area - the valley is so picturesque. Congratulations on the October medal, that is one huge achievement and I hope you succeed in November - I shall keep my fingers crossed for you that we don't hit a really cold spell. I love the birthday card you made your hubby, such a great idea and so effective, and that's a really lovely happy photo of your family.
Hope you have a good week,
Diana xx #22

Morti said...

You're a braver lady than I - I couldn't do outdoor swimming. Barely manage indoor swimming at the mo, to be honest!

Happy Birthday to Tim!

Love the art journal pages. I never quite got into that, although I did make a start and did one page. I have to have a goal for creating, I can't just make a mess for the sake of it. And I have so many projects on the go!

Happy WOYWW - thanks for swinging by (or is that swimming by) and apologies for the late visit!

Morti said...

Whoops - my comment will have made no sense, and that's what you get for having two windows open at the same time! Daft me.

Love a good notebook though!