Hello Thursday

by | 30 Apr 2015

When I made the decision not to blog last Sunday, it was a big one. I have been blogging on Sundays (initially weekly, latterly fortnightly) for the last year and a half so the absence felt acute. I did consider writing to say I’d not be writing but then I thought what would be the point in that? You’ve all got busy lives, everyone could do with less communication these days not more.

So hello Thursday. I’m back. The week is on the home straight and May will be here tomorrow. I actually rather like the poetry of writing on a different day. Consistency is good but so is change.

The reason for my silence is that I’ve just been through one of the biggest, busiest weeks of my life – the completion and celebration of the £20m redevelopment of the theatre I run in London. It’s been a crazy but amazing time. And at the official opening on Tuesday night even Joan Collins was on the dance floor. I’m glad to say that for once it was her legs that made the Daily Mail not mine but if you look carefully you’ll find my smiling face in the article.

I wrote in my last blog two weeks and four days ago that my capital project had been nine years in gestation and it was a bit like giving birth. It now feels like my baby has grown up and gone away. So on Saturday I’m off to Formentera, a little island off Ibiza in Spain. I wish I could say it was a holiday but in fact I’ll be attempting to undertake my qualifying Channel swim. For those of you who don’t know what this means (and that was me not so long ago), I have to be certified as having swum six hours in water below 16 degrees before I can attempt to cross the English Channel. And for those of you who didn’t know that I’m in training to attempt to cross the English Channel, I hope I didn’t make you choke on your morning tea. So wish me luck. The Balearics here I come. I just hope the test is positive and I’m going to be able to have a new baby this August. My water baby.



  1. surfergirluk

    Good luck Jessica I’ll be thinking of you. Breathe every 4 or 6 strokes, strong catch & pull (don’t do the S shape) and feather kick legs all the way! Xx

    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      Bless you. You know what you’re talking about – can you do it instead of me?

      • surfergirluk

        That bit of coaching was sponsored by my bed! Having not been to training for several months. It’ll be a great challenge & achievement, can’t wait to hear how you get on xx

  2. Lou

    Good luck Jessica :-). xx

    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      Thank you. I’ll keep you and everyone posted. Jessica x

    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      I don’t think I thanked you for your good luck Lou. Well hopefully you’ve seen that I did it although now back in the UK swimming in Dover this weekend and boy is it cold! J x

  3. livingwithrobyn

    I have moved! More swimming advice will trickle through from livingwithrobyn.wordpress 🙂 x

  4. kiftsgate

    congrats on the theatre and best of luck for your swimming adventure! looking forward to hearing about it!

    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      Thanks – you will (hear all about it). ps. loved your post about the women you met shopping! Jessica x

  5. Sheila

    Good luck Jessica! Hopefully you will get to lie in the sun 🙂 x

    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      Thanks Sheila. Sadly there won’t be much lying but sun will definitely be good! Hope all is well with you. Jessica x

  6. allymcleod72

    what a week for you, fearless woman! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. Never change — but keep exploring! xx

    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      Indeed indeed. But fearless I ain’t. I’m more frightened now than ever…