I’m a big fan of Autumn, honestly I am! It’s my favourite season. But there are some things I don’t like about Autumn so I’ve listed them below.
Autumn seems to be when the rainy season comes back full force and you have to start carrying an umbrella with you every time you go out.
Following on from rain, you never know what the weather is going to do in Autumn. The mornings start off cold so you layer up, pop on a coat and scarf, then come mid afternoon it’s glorious sunshine and you’re stripping off the layers! You just can’t win.
The leaves look so pretty when they’re laid on the fall having freshly fallen. However, after a few downpours of rain they become a slippery death trap!
Remember those early Autumn walks through the woods, you and a friend or your pooch, crunching through the leaves, admiring the late evening sun. Now you’re up to your ankles in mud wondering why you didn’t just go for a walk around the block.
Do you love or loathe Autumn? What’s your favourite season?
Since the dawn of digital cameras we’ve been able to keep track of our photographs more than ever before. Chances are with the old film style photographs you might not remember when a picture was taken unless it was a special event. Digital cameras record all the information, where you were, what time and what date. So I thought I’d check back through all my October photos over the years and note down some of my favourite memories.
On 15th October 2004 we travelled to the BBC Television Centre at Shepherd’s Bush to watch Two Pint’s of Lager and a Packet of Crisps being filmed starring Sheridan Smith and Will Mellor. If you’re a particular fan of the show we went to watch Series 5 Episode 1 “Dead” being filmed. Pictured below is Janet and Johnny’s living room.
On 13th October 2008 I went to Alton Towers. I still lived in Sheffield then and Alton Towers is only a short journey. It was October and freezing. I made my Mum ride the wet rides and this was her reaction.
On October 16th 2010 we travelled to London to see Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre. We arrived in London early to make a day of it but it threw it down with rain and we arrived at the theatre soaked through. Sheridan Smith played Elle Woods.
If I were Prime Minister there’s one thing I’d change. I’d make it legal for shops to open normal hours on a Sunday! I mean come on, this is the one day of the week we can lie in guilt free (We don’t even have to get up for parkrun) we can eat breakfast late, laze around but then it’s a mad rush for the shops if there’s something you need to buy. I’m that person that realises they’ve run out of milk at 4.05pm on a Sunday when no shop is open!
So vote for me at the next election and let us shop late, let’s shop till 8!
I was looking for blog posts ideas and one idea I saw was to post things people might not know about you. It sounds fun so I thought I’d give it a go! Edited to add: This was really hard! I’m such an average person, thinking of 10 things was difficult!!
10 Things You Might Not Know About Me
I am left handed. Other famous left handed people include Barack Obama and Prince William. If it’s good enough for Royalty, then it’s good enough for me.
Despite living in Hampshire now, I’m originally from Sheffield in Yorkshire. We moved to Hampshire in 2015.
I have hydronephrosis which basically means one of my kidneys is swollen and larger than the average kidney. It’s not an issue at the moment.
I have never broken a bone or had a hospital stay. *Touch wood* I don’t want to start now!
I haven’t visited many countries. I’ve been to France, Germany and America. I’ve been to Scotland and Wales too, they count right?!
Growing up I wanted to be a taxi driver and then a vet. I didn’t do either! I’m a nursery nurse.
I have Astigmatism which means the lens of my eye isn’t perfectly curved. I wore glasses from age 3.
I’m scraping the barrel now, in 1994 my school choir, that I was a member of, won Sheffield Young Choir of the Year. One of the songs we sang was Sloop John B.
I got married on 21st December. We had a Christmas themed wedding. Our guests were given tree decorations as favours and had a Christmas dinner
I’ve always enjoyed reading. At age 7 my reading was assessed and I had a reading level of a 15 year old. My Mum provided this last fact as I was struggling to think of anything. Thanks Mum!
I’ve not been doing so well on this lately. My weight loss is stuck at the 2 stone mark. I’m trying to eat healthier by going to the salad bar at for lunch most days but I have to confess, sometimes the temptation of the hot meal is too much. Also the salad bar is sometimes a bit of a loose name for it, there’s not always that much salad in it! I keep thinking of going back to making my own fresh lunches and freezing them. This worked out well for me. I have however joined a gym and am enjoying attending spin classes there.
I am doing well in this! I started parkrunning in May and in September I ran to 4 out of 5 parkruns. I’ve gone from a time of 58:24 at my first parkrun to 45:25 at my last run. I’m really pleased. I’ve gone from walking the course, to walking then run walking a bit of the course to now run walking the whole course. I’m hoping to get under 45 minutes soon!
I’m doing ok with this. Probably not as good as I’d like but I am reading and that’s the main thing. I’m currently on my 14th book of the year. For some people that’s probably a lot, but I know for others, that’s barely any! I went to the library recently and enjoyed reading an actual physical book again! I posted about I’d read over the Summer here: What I Read This Summer I intend to post a comprehensive list at the end of the year.
I’m still doing well with this and I’m finding I’m becoming more confident in being honest with people and saying “Sorry, but it’s not for me”
I’ll post another update on my goals at the end of the year, but for now, how are you doing with your 2017 goals?
I’ve posted about Scotland before on my blog here: Scotland Travel Guide – Off The Beaten Track but I wanted to let you all know how glorious Scotland is in Autumn. It’s perfect, if like me, you fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur photographer!
The colours of the landscape change from lush green to burnt oranges and reds. There are plenty of places in Scotland to visit where you can stand and have an amazing vista stretch out in front of, usually framed by rugged mountains and hills.
Even though Scotland is renowned for being colder than a cold thing I’ve found in Autumn it’s still quite pleasant. It’s just the right weather to explore in a hoodie or light jacket and jeans. We had days of lovely sunshine and even got sunburnt a couple of times. Of course we experienced rain too but hey, this is the UK.
As the sun starts to set in Autumn it creates an amazing “golden hour” where the lighting for photographs is just insane. It gives everything a warm even glow. The picture above was taken around 6pm at Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms.
Then finally there’s the sun sets! When the sky looks this good naturally, it eradicates the need for filters on Instagram! This was taken early October at 7.20pm. It’s perfect to watch with a mug of hot chocolate whilst sitting under a blanket outside. This photo is taken from a lodge we rented looking out over the Beauly Firth in Inverness.
Scotland is beautiful any time of year but it really is special in Autumn.
Aside from Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, there’s one other thing I really love about Autumn; Walking through crunchy leaves. I’ve always loved this, ever since being a child. I remember walking through my local park as a child where the path was covered in a carpet of freshly dropped leaves. I got right in there, kicking the leaves, hearing them crunch under my feet. My mum probably thought I was mad, but I still do it to this day.
When I lived in Sheffield one of my favourite places to go for an Autumn walk was Ladybower Reservoir. And this picture shows you why!
These were ankle deep and went on and on. The path was covered. I walked right through the middle kicking them as I went. My favourite thing to do!
The water there also had it’s fair share of leaves! I wonder if the ducks like swimming through them as much as I like walking through them!
The views at Ladybower and it’s neighbouring reservoirs Howden and Derwent are simply stunning. If you’re ever in the Peak District you should definitely visit.
The place is steeped in history too. Under the water is the remains of the villages Ashopton and Derwent. When the water is low you can see some of the outlines of where buildings stood and until the 1940’s the Church spire could be seen above the water level. It was also featured in the movie The Dam Busters.
There are many paths to be walked at Ladybower and they’re perfect to explore for an Autumn walk.
What’s your favourite place to go for an Autumn walk?
September has been and gone. As much as it’s sad to see the Summer over, Autumn is my favourite time of year so I’m not entirely sad that we find ourselves with darker evenings, cooler days and a carpet of freshly shed leaves.
In September I managed to complete 4 parkruns! That’s the most in one month I’ve completed. I’ve gone from starting September with a time of 56:19 after coming back from injury to setting a new PB on the last day of September of 45:25.
I also ran my first 5K race in 3 years! I got a PB, beating my 5K PB from 2012! I’ve since smashed this PB at parkrun (see above)
At the beginning of September this fella was still spending his days in the garden but as the month progressed we’ve seen less of him. I guess he’s finding warmer places to hide now the weather has cooled off.
I also discovered a fabulous shop in nearby Wickham called Whiff of Wickham that sells bath bombs, melts, soaps etc. I bought a load of bath bombs by Bomb Cosmetics and Paws for Thought was my favourite. Not only was it cute to look at but it smelt divine too.
I also went to Southampton with friends in September to go to Sprinkles. When we got there, there was a huge big wheel so we went on it. The views from the top were awesome. Check out West Quay shopping centre with a huge cruise ship behind it in the picture below.
And finally a picture of a tree I took last week. It couldn’t look more Autumnal!
So now we’re in to October and the countdown to Christmas can truly begin!
Missed a post from September? They’re all listed below!
I thought I’d give you a little update on how Stokes Bay junior parkrun is progressing. We started on June 4th where we had an epic turn out of 184 children. With the inaugural event, you always expect a bigger turn out but we’ve now settled in to around 80-100 runners a week, occasionally a little more or less.
We’ve not had any major incidents other than the odd scraped knee, but have had a few challenges. These include a sailing competition, a duathlon and a 24 hour running event all sharing the same piece of prom. Everyone has been really understanding though and told their competitors to be aware of children running on the same route as they are, or where they’re moving their boats!
I’ve been Run Director twice now. It should have been three but I had to miss one due to illness. Part of junior parkrun is collecting the milestone wristbands when a child has completed the set amount of runs.
Image courtesy of parkrun.com
When I was Run Director I had the opportunity to present the Half Marathon wristband to my friend and fellow junior parkrun RD’s daughter.
It was an absolute honour to be able to present her with her Half Marathon wristband. The blue Half Marathon wristband represents 11 junior parkruns completed. The green Marathon wristband represents 21 runs and the orange Ultra Marathon wristband represents 50 runs. Parents are also sent a link to print off a certificate for their child.
I also stepped out of my comfort zone this Sunday just gone and took on a volunteer role I have never tried before. I was tail walker. I’ve put my name down to do this before at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun but chickened out as I just wasn’t sure I could keep up with the last person. However at junior parkrun the distance is a lot shorter and usually there is a lot less running involved. The role of the Tail Walker is to stay at the back of the field and be the last person to cross the finish line. Typically as it was my first turn at doing it I actually had a lot of running to do as a child dropped out, and another was in and out of a buggy, and when she was in the buggy, her mum ran! Fast!
I’ve now volunteered at Stokes Bay junior parkrun 14 times and so far we haven’t had any rain!! *touch wood!* This takes my volunteering total for parkrun up to 116!
Want to read my other Stokes Bay junior parkrun posts? The links are below:
Last year I did a Christmas Haul series. This year I’ve started preparing for Christmas already at one of my favourite local shops Finishing Touches.
Taken from Google Maps
I saw a post on their Facebook page saying Christmas stock had started arriving and I knew I needed to take a look. If you followed my blog last year you’ll know all my Christmas Decorations are Reindeers. Basically I’m obsessed with them. So when I saw these lovely fellas, I knew I had to buy them.
They’re so cute, just look at their little faces!
The shop has stock arriving most days so I’m sure I’ll be back for more! Have you started prepping for Christmas yet?
Want to read my Christmas Haul Series from 2016? The links are below: