Golden milk by my side
Loved ones competing to win
Just the odd passing car
Content, cosy, happy
Surrounded by family
Soaked in love
Follow your heart:
A heart route to celebrate my long awaited family reunion!
Loughton, a cute ancient village in Milton Keynes England, and the city where I first gave birth to Cycle Your Heart Out over a decade ago!
A easy to ride 4.78km route, that also joins on to the beautiful 12km Millennium cycle route around the city.
Cycle Your Heart Out:
Overwhelmed with joy and super happy to have shared this beautiful route with my family. Loughton is one of our favourite areas in the city to find some peace, walk the dog, and pick blackberries. We celebrated our ride with some delicious Victoria sponge cake and tea at the Grumpy Cook.
Spread the love:
To help spread the love around Milton Keynes I gifted a copy of my new book to the wonderful Alchemise Yoga Studio in Newport Pagnell. Ran by the lovely Wendy, it was thanks to her amazing classes that I first fell in love with yoga over a decade ago. Thanks Nicole for reading my poems in your relaxing cello classes.
The Route to Friendship
Sometimes in life you’ll visit somewhere and fall in love
Destined to return
That place for me was Brighton
It stole my heart not once, but twice
Recently made fuller
Thanks to the beauty of
Sometimes it’s weeks
Time passes and not a word exchanged between you
Yet put together in the same room
Retold as if they’d occurred last year
Jobs, partners, cities, may have all changed
But some friendships remain the same
Unable to budge for anyone
Not even time
It started a few years ago, a screenshot to capture the special moment,
I've lost count now, it's become the norm, and it's only sunk in recently.
The realisation that I’ll never be able to take a last-minute coffee, pop over for dinner, or enjoy a long comforting hug.
The realisation that our future children will never grow up playing together.
Multiple countries, all spread out around the world.
I’ve slowly had to accept the fact that my family will ever agree on one country.
However, with acceptance comes comfort.
Maybe we all have different destinies, life has a unique plan for us all.
So here I am, on my way to make my Cambridge heart route, my mum and sister by my side. Their faces not on a phone, but right here, next to me.
What I once took for granted, I now cherish with every inch of my being.
To be with them, and not through a screen, is the best birthday gift.
No longer a screenshot.
But here side by side.
I was recently contacted by the Milton Keynes Council to help plan a fun Valentines heart shaped cycled route.
Over 30 cyclists joined in to cycle their hearts out with a loved one, and make use of the fantastic redways that Milton Keynes has to offer! The fab Breeze and Sky ride leaders Ana, Karen Colette and Kevin did a fantastic job in organising and leading the ride, and making sure everyone had a great time! Well done to the Milton Keynes Council, British Cycling, The Parks Trust and Roy Pinks cycles for making the event possible!
If you live in Milton keynes & couldn´t make it on the day don´t worry, you can cycle the 3.6 mile heart route yourself with friends, family and loved ones whenever you like! The route is all off-road and makes full use of the great cycle paths that Milton Keynes has to offer!
This Christmas I decided to celebrate the festive season with a sunny Breeze ride around Milton Keynes, followed by the Chain Reaction bicycle festival. Congratulations to Maja Dunn for winning the prize draw for the Cycle Your Heart Out 'Freedom' Pendant!
Read more and check out the full gallery here!
Have you found a heart shaped cycle route? Or maybe even tried this Milton Keynes heart route out for yourself? If so I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment here. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and family and spread the love.
I decided to give The Big Draw a twist by picking up a pad, some pens and hopping on a Barclays bike for a heart shaped 'tour and draw' around East London. My childhood friend Josephine and little sister joined me on the heart shaped fun!
Why not take part where you are??
Here's the challenge....
Cycle a heart shaped route. Stop off in 4 different spots. Spend a maximum of 15 minutes drawing what catches your eye!
You can either find your own heart route, or try out this one! Think you cant draw?? Think again! For some great drawing tips check out World Sketching Tour Luís Simões advice here!
If you've never heard about The Big Draw click here to find out!