Sunday, June 10, 2012


I got a surprise the other day. I got a place on a team for the Lewa Half Marathon (which is just outside Meru, Kenya) at the end of June.

There are only 1000 spots for half marathon runners and my team didn't get a place. But a member of a team had to drop out, so a text arrived out of the blue last week offering me the place.

Yeah! A moment of excitement. Then a moment of sheer panic. Although I have been running regularly(ish)-I am no way ready for a half. And because of my bad toe (which is now better) I didn't run at all last week and the week before I was just being lazy (kicking myself now!!). But I can't turn down the opportunity to run in the wild, so although I am sure I will end up walking a lot parts of it  - I'm doing it!


I heard that Kate (you kow, my friend Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge!) is running too. It could just be gossip. Probably. Or maybe it is Pippa? She is a runner. I'll let you know!

A nice surprise, right.

I like surprises. Receiving unexpected mail in the post, an unexpected ending to a novel and flowers at the door (not that the later has happened for a while!).

I saw this recipe recently on Joy the Baker and started to make it, then realised I left my cake tin at a friend's house.

So I make cupcakes with the batter. The roasted strawberries were unsurprisingly good (how could it fail?). The texture definitely suits a cake more, but still worked well as cupcakes.


  1. Congrats on the race! You will do much better than you think. Scout's honor!

  2. Looking at the cakes one would think you're still in Scotland, at least on mind :-)
    Good luck on the run.

  3. OOoh - exciting! Well done.

    By the way, have you read the Kashmir Shawl? Just finished it and thought you might like it.

  4. Thanks for thinking of me Mud. I've heard of it but not read it. I will put it on my summer reading list!

  5. That's awesome that you got into the race! You are going to have a lot of fun! That cake looks really good. I have never tried roasting strawberries before!

  6. roasted strawberries! the poet in me salivates!



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