5 Minute plank challenge achieved

Andy Ewings of the Lansdown tennis and squash club mentioned a challenged to performing a plank for 5 minutes, though building up the time little by little to achieve the final time.  Gail and I both reached the 5 minute goal yesterday – yeah hey 🙂

For those of you that don’t know what a plank is, exercisewise I’m talking about, then look at the below youtube link:-


One week into the France experience…

It’s incredible to think that we have been living here in France for almost a 1 1/2 weeks now, it is amazing at how time flies by sometimes…

We’ve managed to survive the 1st week of French classes ( Keith has about 2 hours and Gail has 1 hour 4 times a week), though we seem to be getting quite alot of homework; still when you want to learn and your paying for it you tend to be a bit more focused!!!

It’s not been all work and no play.  We’ve managed to join the local tennis club in the town, which has 6 indoor (see the photo below) and 6 outdoor courts.

One of the indoor courts

Gail has started to practise her French with the neighbours.  Once the weather improves a little more, and once Keith has cleaned up the BBQ, I’m sure we’ll soon be eating out on the terrace with the neighbours.  The wine and French conversation I’m sure will be flowing; it’ll take Keith quite a bit of the former to help with the later 🙂

…. are you sure you want a bigger garden?


Keith’s aspirations for a bigger garden have got the better of him …… thankfully the weather hasn’t been too great since my parents were last here in September, otherwise we may have been using the machetes 🙂

Three hours later and we – sorry I should say Keith as I didn’t get involved – have a good idea of what the next six months’ gardening has got in for us and we haven’t even started with the edges or beds…..

Most importantly though …. the bar-b-que works 🙂