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: http://www.maggiescentres.org/

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”
http://www.maggiescentres.org/eventsfundraising/events/thelondonnighthike.html

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.”

http://www.maggiescentres.org/home.html

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.