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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.

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.

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?

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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!


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!

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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How My Week Went From Bad To Worse

I wanted to be posting this week about how well my new running plan had gone. I was also secretly hoping I might have been able to go sub 45 minutes at parkrun yesterday.

However last Friday I started getting that scratchy throat and fuzzy head feeling you get with the start of a cold. I went to parkrun and felt like I’d done well and ran strongly but actually I was way off my PB. I felt like the run had helped blow the cold away a bit. As the week progressed my cold got worse and by mid week I had a barking cough too. I don’t think any of this was helped by three particularly late nights. One on Tuesday where I was at First Aid training at work until 9.30 and then when we went out Wednesday night for Sprinkles. For those that don’t know, Sprinkles is a Gelato Dessert Parlour.

On Thursday night I was up late as, despite going to bed early, every time I started to fall asleep I’d start coughing. It wasn’t even coughing, it was choking and trying to bring up a lung at some points. Then Friday my left eye felt sore and overly watery all day. I kept thinking it was conjunctivitis but when I looked in the mirror at work it hadn’t developed the pink tinge you usually get. However before bed I looked in the mirror and there it was, blood shot and bright pink.

So yesterday morning, instead of lining up on the start line of parkrun, I was instead queuing up at Boots to buy eye drops. It’s been a long and rubbish week.

My week summed up in one picture!

cold supplements

June Roundup

Sorry for how late this post is. I have had some trouble with my webhosting! Anyway, without hesitation, here it is!

June has flown by and it’s already July. 6 months of the year have gone.

June started with the first Stokes Bay junior parkrun. It feels like we’ve been waiting for this day for a long time and it finally arrived. The morning was a complete success and we had a massive turn out of 184 children. I did a post about it here. It’s really awesome to know we’re doing something to shape the future generation.

junior parkrun volunteers

June also saw me visit a local eatery for the first time called The Tenth Hole. They sell the most amazing cakes. They have a main menu too but they’re renowned for their cakes. I had the Mars Bar cheesecake which was divine. I’ve visited since and had the banoffee pie which was delicious. It tasted so fresh.

In June I only managed to run one parkrun due to other commitments on a Saturday morning. I got a PB which was pleasing. My 5k PB is now at 53:27.

On 18th June I went and spectated at the Gosport Golden Mile. This is a local race but has an amazing turnout. I blogged about it here.

At the end of June we had some friends down from Sheffield. It was fun being tourists in our own town. We ate out, went to the New Forest, took them to see Old Portsmouth, Southsea and to the beach here at Lee-on-the-Solent. They really enjoyed it.

June has been a fun month. I’ve blogged 4 times in June and the links are below if you want to check them out.

Stokes Bay junior parkrun event number 1

My third parkrun

2017 – An update part two

Gosport Golden Mile 2017


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April Roundup

I know I’m getting to this April roundup a little late. In fact, we’re almost half way through May already but hey, better late than never right?!

In April I went to the cinema for the first time in over two years. Of course it was to see Beauty and the Beast! I was dubious about the remake, wondering if it would be as good as the original animated cartoon version from 1991 that I remember watching over and over on VHS as a child. In truth, the remake was wonderful and every bit as magical as the original if not more due to the progression in film making. I was enthralled from start to finish.

I also left my job in April and one of my leaving gifts from my colleague was this wonderful chip cup!

Chip from Beauty and the Beast

I got lots of lovely gifts from my colleagues and the children and I got lots of flowers! I had 7 vases brimming with beautiful blooms! Below is just one of them. I love tulips, they’re so pretty and vibrant.


Of course in April I’ve also taken some beach pictures when I’ve been out walking. I’m still determined to keep gaining fitness by walking more often.

Lee-on-the-Solent Beach

Lee-on-the-Solent beach

I love how the sun is reflecting off the wet sand in the second picture. Sun set at the beach is the best. As I’ve been doing lots of walking I’ve also discovered some new places in and around where I live. Below are photos of Fort Gilkicker that was built in 1863 and is soon to become “luxury homes” and the Haslar sea wall where you can see across to Portsmouth Harbour.

Fort Gilkicker

Haslar Sea Wall

As I’ve been doing lots of walking I wanted a new way of recording my walks as for some reason, despite having a full battery my phone will die when using apps like Strava and say it has no battery, thus losing my data. Then, annoyingly, when I get home and plug it in my phone shows a full charge again! I hunted high and low for my old Garmin Forerunner 410 but despite being sure I brought it from Sheffield with us, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I researched a few different tracking watches and settled on the Garmin Forerunner 35. It’s simple to use, tracks heart rate and has GPS. I’m pretty pleased with it and am loving tracking all the stats again.

Garmin Forerunner 35

I’ve also continued to volunteer at my local parkrun. I decided to go back to marshalling as I usually do a funnel role. I loved being back out on the course cheering everyone on. I was put back in my old marshalling spot of the playground which just so happens to have a café right at the side of it so it was coffee and marshalling for me!

parkrun marshall

Speaking of parkrun we’ve also had confirmation of the junior parkrun we’ve been setting up. Stokes Bay junior parkrun will start on 4th June! We’re all so excited about this. The trial is on Saturday afternoon for us to try out all the equipment and make sure everything works before we do it for real. Afterwards we have to have a training session on being an RD at a Junior parkrun. I’m guessing this will cover some safeguarding aspects with it being juniors.

I think that’s it for my April update! I have some exciting news too but that’s for another post!

Not had enough? Why not look at my other post from April…

My One Year Plan

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Coffee Update

Let's have coffee!

I haven’t been updating too regularly recently and that’s because I haven’t really had much to update about.  I guess that’s just the way life goes sometimes, you have quiet months and you have busy months. However there’s a couple of things I want to chat about so I thought I’d do it in a chat over coffee style post.

New Job

I have a new job. When we moved to the South Coast two years ago I took a job working in a pre school unit within a private day nursery. With my time there and at my nursery back in Sheffield I’ve worked with pre school aged children for 12 years so when the opportunity arose to work in a baby unit in a different nursery I thought I’d give it a go. I’ll be learning again and this is something I’m excited about. I’m one week in and so far really enjoying it. I never thought I was cut out to work with babies but I’m discovering just how wonderful they are.

London Marathon

Did you all watch the London Marathon? That’s if you weren’t participating of course. A huge Well Done to anyone who ran it. The coverage was inspirational as always. I just wanted to highlight two people. Obviously The Welsh Runner has to have a mention. Matt Rees of Swansea Harriers was the runner who stopped to help David Wyeth of Chorlton Runners. David was having difficulty completing the marathon and Matt helped him to the finish line. What a hero. The footage was jaw dropping. Part of me was shouting at the TV for the paramedics to help, then part of me was in complete awe as Matt scooped him up and took him to the finish line. The man is a legend.

Image courtesy of Sky News

But also I just want to link you to this story about the Gorilla man who completed the marathon on all fours dressed as a Gorilla. He must have been in pain completing it on all fours.

British Sign Language

This is a bit of a random one. One of my friends has a son who uses British Sign Language to communicate. She recently retweeted a tweet of theirs  and it peaked an interest in me. When I was younger I knew the alphabet in sign language. Unfortunately I don’t anymore but I’ve begun following the British Sign Language Twitter account and I’m enjoying trying to learn and more importantly remember the signs. So far I have a few nailed. The images they post are really useful as they explain what to do as well. For example:

British Sign Language Animal

So that’s pretty much it for my coffee update. I’ve found blogging difficult lately as there isn’t always something to blog about! Let’s hope lots more inspiration comes my way through May!

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My One Year Plan

At our parkrun we have takeovers. This is where a particular running club fills all the volunteer roles. It’s good publicity for the running clubs, it encourages people to volunteer when they might not normally. It’s a win win situation.

The next takeover is Gosport Road Runners who are taking over on May 13th. I have a lot of friends who are members of Gosport Road Runners, or GRR, as they’re often called. Don’t get me wrong, I have friends in other clubs too but there’s just something about the people of Gosport Road Runners. They’re a great and friendly bunch.

As they’re holding the take over on May 13th I won’t be volunteering as the GRR’s will take over the roster. Instead I have decided to walk the course. Finally a date is set for my first parkrun. I’m not sure how I’ll do, however I do know the tail runner that week is Rachel. Someone who I know will encourage me and provide me with all the support I need to get the job done.

As I thought about this one thing became clear. I want in! I want to be part of Gosport Road Runners, or as I like to call them Team Yellow! And I want to be a member within a year so I can volunteer at their next take over!

On Saturday just gone I spoke to Auz, another member of Team Yellow, and he informed me of their beginners group in January. Do you see where I’m going here? So I walk on May 13th with the hope of building up to running a little, to then be able to join their beginners group in January to then being a fully fledged member by April/May 2018.

Can I do this?! I guess I have to now, it’s on my blog!

Are you part of a running club?

Have you ever thought of joining a running club?