Saturday, 03 April 2010

Special Week-end Away

For the long week-end of the 19 - 22 March, I went up to Johannesburg to help Desire with putting together kits for the scrapbook convention that we are going to in May. Desire has been asked to teach a class and I am going as her assistant. I left home in time to catch the 6h15 flight to Lanseria where Desire and Conroy collected me. We went for breakfast and then headed to their house in Dainfern Ridge Estate. I had been to a card making class the evening before and another one last month, so had all my samples to show Desire. The one she really liked the most was this one which she named the "scaffold" card. I showed her how to make it and we both made one. This was mine.
Then Desire showed me how to do the Iris folding. She makes a lot of these and I have always wondered how they are done. I was sent the templates, but they meant nothing to me at the time. I must say I really had fun making this card, which I will be giving to my dad for his birthday on 7 April 2010.
Then at 4h00 on Saturday morning, we were up and getting ready to leave to go to the Hartebeesport Dam to take part in the 21.1km run and walking race. I was very nervous of doing this race as the furtherest I have walked since May 2008 is 4km and most of the time it is on the treadmill at a maximum of 2.5 km. Desire did say that we had 4 hours to do it in, but that was just not the point. Anyway we eventually got parked and had to rush to collect our entries and get to the start. The adrenalin was pumping as we thought we were late. We walked through quite a number of estates near the dam, there were plenty of watering tables with ice cold water and at some of the later ones there were goodies to eat - my best was the little mini milk tart - it was just needed at that time. Desire and I walked together for most of the race, but then at about 5km to go, she went up a hill and great speed and I could just not catch her although she was always in my sight. By this time my calves and my bum were really tight and I was also now tired of this race and wanted to be finished. I managed to finish in a very respectable time of 2h52:27 which is the same time I did my last race in September 2006 in Durban in. So, I was really pleased at that. The weather was lovely and went overcast which was perfect. My calves were really tight and once Conroy had dropped us off at home, he went off to buy some reparil gel and some enos. By Monday I was fine and would never have said I had just walked 21.1km.

The rest of the week-end we spent getting things together for some of my USA layouts and then stamping, punching and counting brads to get ready for the kits for May in Cape Town.

Tuesday morning came along far too quickly and I was taken to the airport in time to catch the 6h15 flight back to Durban, get home and change and then go off to work.

An awesome week-end away and very fulfilling.

Proud walker and iris folder signing off ....

5 comments:

Jose said...

Wow that scaffold card is a card and a half! love the card you made for your Dads birthday, what a lot of work in it.

Andrea said...

Sounds fab and well done on that race....you go girl!
xxx
A

Desire Fourie said...

It was an absolute pleasuring having you around Michelle. Its always inspiring being around you, as your enthusiasm for life really rubs off on anyone who knows you and I am priveleged to be one of your friends.

Sorry for pulling that rubber arm of yours so hard, but it was great doing my first half marathon since 2001 up here in Gauteng, with you.

And of course I just love the scaffold design you taught me, it looks so complicated, but actually its very easy once you know how.

So what about a full marathon during your next visit!!!!!!!!!! (hopefully this invite won't mean that your next visit will be long off ... ha ha ha)

Hugs
Desire

Loraine Arderne said...

Wonderfull cards!

Helen Tilbury said...

Hiya Michelle! What a lovely weekend for you & Desire & what an amazing scaffold card you made! Well done on the walk - what a feat ;-D