Monthly Archives: October 2017

What I Don’t Like About Autumn

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.

Rain
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.

Unpredictable Weather
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.

Leaves
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!

Mud
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?

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October Memories Through The Years

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.

October 2004

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.

Two Pints

October 2008

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.

Alton Towers

October 2010

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.

Legally Blonde The Musical

October 2013

On 1st October 2013 we were in Scotland and went to the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre. I adore Reindeers!

Reindeers

What are your favourite October memories?

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If I were Prime Minister

This post is just for fun.

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!

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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

  1. 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.
  2. Despite living in Hampshire now, I’m originally from Sheffield in Yorkshire. We moved to Hampshire in 2015.
  3. 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.
  4. I have never broken a bone or had a hospital stay. *Touch wood* I don’t want to start now!
  5. 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?!
  6. Growing up I wanted to be a taxi driver and then a vet. I didn’t do either! I’m a nursery nurse.
  7. I have Astigmatism which means the lens of my eye isn’t perfectly curved. I wore glasses from age 3.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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!

2017 Goals An Update Part Three

2017 Goals

At the beginning of 2017 I set some goals for the year ahead. I have been updating these quarterly and it’s time for the 3rd update already!

Want to read the first two posts? They’re here: 2017 Goals & 2017 Goals Update 1 2017 Goals Part Two

So let’s see how I’ve been getting on…

Health

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.

parkrun

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!

Read more books

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.

be me

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?

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Autumn in Scotland

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!

Autumn in Scotland

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.

Autumn in Scotland

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.

Ducks at Loch Morlich

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.

sunset in scotland

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.

Have you ever visited Scotland in Autumn?

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My Favourite Thing About 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!

Autumn Leaves

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!

Autumn leaves in water

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.

Ladybower Reservoir

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?

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September Roundup

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.

parkrun finish token

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)

5k bib number and medal

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.

fox

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.

paws for thought bath bomb

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.

View from Southampton Wheel

And finally a picture of a tree I took last week. It couldn’t look more Autumnal!

Autumnal Tree

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!

Earning the Run in the Sun medal

Returning to parkrun

I’ve joined the gym

I was shouted at by a race marshal

My New Running Plan

My First Race in 3 Years

What I Read This Summer

How My Week Went From Bad To Worse

I’ve Started Preparing for Christmas Already

Stokes Bay junior parkrun

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