Alison Goulding: Break-dancing and bouncy castles

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‘Fun is not overrated.’

I watched a Meryl Streep film on Friday night called It’s Complicated and that was my favourite line.

Spoken by Meryl’s character just before she smokes a joint with Steve Martin and flirts shamelessly with her ex-husband, played by Alec Baldwin; it’s now been added to my little list of sensible life tips.

We followed the principle whole-heartedly all weekend, starting with a walk in the Cheviot hills in the sunshine. The comedy on this occasion was supplied when I fell into a river and my boyfriend had to fish me out again. He is now my hero as he managed not to laugh at all. I’m not sure I would have been as noble...

After we got home and tidied ourselves up it was off to a party at a friend’s house to celebrate his daughter’s 17th birthday. They’re a lovely family who don’t do anything by halves so the whole house was full of food and people and there was even a bouncy castle and a trampoline on the go in the garden. Even though I was all tarted up I couldn’t resist having a go and ended up being mobbed by 10-year-old boys who were surprisingly deft at pushing me over and sitting on my head. The same boys then gave us a demonstration of their break-dancing skills while being heckled by older relatives and crowned the whole thing off by pinching two pairs of high heel shoes and strutting about in them. I laughed until my face hurt.

On Sunday my friend and I went out on her horse and a friend’s for a canter about in the sunshine. We’ve known each other since we were 12 and never grew out of the horse-mad teens phase. We could never afford our own when were growing up so settled for blagging free rides wherever possible in return for mucking out. So it felt like a momentous occasion to be out on our own neddies and we made the very most of it, jumping over logs and ditches and pretending to be in the Grand National.

It’s a good habit to make the most of your free time and I always enjoy my first sleepy cup of coffee on Monday morning when I can chew it all over and relive the best bits.

Meryl is right, fun is not overrated - the more the merrier.

MY bridesmaid dress for London Lucie’s wedding arrived on Friday. I held my breath while I was putting it on as I wasn’t sure it was going to fit but the zip went up and I’m chuffed to bits with it. I can’t wait to wear it on the big day although I’m definitely going to request a bib for when the meal begins. I’ve never had a dress as posh or lovely in my life and there’s no way I’m going to spill chocolate pudding on it!