Charity Christmas Market in Prague

On Saturday 23rd NovemberIWAP is hosting a charity Christmas Market in Prague at the Diplomat Hotel (Evropska 15, Dejvice, Prague, CZ). 10am – 4pm.

Proceeds benefit the charities Amelie and DOM.

Free entry and goodies for sale include (but not limited to) delicious baked goods, new & used books, Christmas gifts, toys, handmade crafts, wine, homewares, bric-a-brac, jewellery and much more.

I have been busy in my sewing studio making a few things to donate to the market. I hope to make a some more things if I have time in the coming 2 weeks.

purses / pencil case/ make up pouch / ipod case .... a small bag to hold things :)
purses / pencil case/ make up pouch / ipod case …. a small bag to hold your things 🙂
Christmas stocking and xmas gift tags
Christmas stocking and xmas gift tags

And I’m planning to make some delicious baked goodies … maybe some meringues, brownies or choc chip cookies (these cookies are listed on my recipe page). YUMM!

If you’re in Prague and looking for some unique Christmas gifts, I hope you can stop by the Diplomat Hotel on Saturday the 23rd November 2013. 10am – 4pm. For more information about the Christmas Market visit the IWAP website. 

20 mile night hike for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres

Angus at the start
Angus at the start

Friday night, 2 weeks ago, Angus and I along with my work colleague Michelle and 2 of her friends Clive and Claire completed a 20 mile walk through London for Maggie’s Cancer Caring centers in the UK.

Naomi at the start
Naomi at the start
The Team
The Team - Naomi, Clive, Claire, Angus, Michelle

Our walk started at 8:15pm (after completed a full day at work) and saw us walk from Tower bridge area to the west (Hammersmith) and back to the city, finishing near St Pauls, with a several stops along the way to enjoy some tea/coffee and snacks; we crossed the finish line just after 5am Saturday morning.

at the top of city hall
at the top of city hall
Festival Hall rest
Festival Hall rest

At times I can descibe our feelings as joyous and the 9 hours of walking together was a great chance to chat and reflect on what other good deeds we could do.

Halfway stop at Maggie's in Hammersmith
Halfway stop at Maggie's in Hammersmith - 10 miles completed
Refuelling at Maggies
Refuelling at Maggie's

For me it was the last 4 miles that were a long hard walk. We had just had a rest at the Royal Institute of Architech and I somehow managed to spill my cup of tea and completely misunderstand what Angus was saying to me. I think my sense of hearing and some of my motor skills were on the way out ! My legs were tired, my feet sore and I was feeling quite exhausted … and for the last mile, I was on autopilot plodding away to the finish line.
Between the 5 of us, there were only a few blisters and some legs and feet.

Angus resting at the finish
Angus resting at the finish - 20 miles completed
finished and resting
finished and resting

Be sure to take a look at the wonderful work Maggie’s centres do:

20 mile charity night hike

I may have less time to do sewing for the next few weeks as I’ll be in training for a 20 mile night hike in London on Friday 16th September. I do walk everyday, but a half a mile here, a mile there to get the tube, or getting off the bus a few stops early, isn’t great preparation for 20 miles..

So why am I doing this walk?? …. It’s a new challenge, chance to do something different and raise some cash for a fantastic charity.

“The Maggie’s and Open House London Night Hike is a 10 or 20 mile adventure through late night London. With exclusive access to iconic buildings we’ll show you a side of London you’ve never seen before. And with food and entertainment at each of our featured buildings we’ll make sure you have a fabulous Friday night and are looked after every step of the way”

Our fundraising will assist Maggie’s cancer care centres
“Maggie’s Centres are for anyone affected by cancer. They are places where people are welcome whenever they need us – from just being diagnosed, or undergoing treatment, to post-treatment, recurrence, end of life or in bereavement.”

I am currently feeling slightly under prepared, having only confirmed my participation earlier this week and registered our team yesterday !
Even though this activity has nothing to do with my sewing adventures, it will become quite a big part of my life for the next few weeks with some serious long walks after work and on the weekends.