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If We Were Having Coffee…

I’ve not had a lot to blog about lately as I’m still injured so still not running. However, there’s been a few things going on so I thought I’d do a chatty post as though we were chatting over a cup of coffee.

Flat White

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you I’m going back to the classroom. Well sort of. Work offered a free course with at home learning. At the end we get a level 2 qualification in Common Childhood Illnesses. I’m half way through 2 out of 3 units and so far I’m enjoying it. It’s informative and giving me another string to my bow. The only down side is, it’s all handwritten! I’m not used to writing for long periods of time anymore!

Common Childhood Illnesses

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you a recently went to a 40th Birthday party. It was in a very cool industrial venue that was so unique. I’d love to have held an event there but sadly it’s been pulled down soon. The party was an 80’s theme so we dressed up and sang the night away. I had to chair dance though as this was a little while ago when my injury was still sore.

80s party

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you I’m still injured but very slowly making a return to exercise. I did 15 minutes on the exercise bike which was pain free. So a couple of days later I did an exercise DVD. I was tentative. I was scared some of the movements might hurt or aggravate my injury but again it was pain free. My injury feels 90% better now and the physio has told me there’s nothing else she can do but it’s knowing how to get rid of the remaining 10% now!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how excited I am that the heatwave is over. There’s one good thing about this injury and that’s that I’ve not had to run in this heat! I’m rubbish in heat, let alone trying to run in it. I’m very much an Autumn/Winter person. I don’t care if I’m running in the dark and rain. It does not bother me one bit. Look at these apples growing on my neighbours tree. A sure sign Autumn is on the way.

Autumn Apples

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that Weight Watchers is working wonders for me. In 5 weeks I’ve lost 12.5lbs and 5% of my body weight. I’m really pleased with how easy I’m finding it.

Weight Watchers 5% Certificate

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I went for a coffee with Sarette who runs Woofs with Wilson. We went to The Pump House in Gosport. I’d heard of it, but I’d never been before. It was so lovely. It’s in an old pump house, as the name suggests, and is small but perfectly formed inside with outdoor seating too. As we arrived early, we sat inside and had a lovely natter with Heather the owner. I had a flat white and a slice, well I say a slice, it was more like a slab of coffee and walnut cake. It was delicious and hand made in house!

Coffee Cake

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that after going for coffee Sarette asked me if I’d like to join her on a walk with Wilson! Honestly, I didn’t need asking twice! It was a big fat yes please. We went for a lovely walk at Stokes Bay and once again I was shown paths I didn’t know existed and how they linked to places I did know. I wish I’d tracked the walk on my watch but I reckon we walked around 1.5-2 miles. We walked on trails and shingle and my injury was absolutely fine!

Woofs with Wilson and I

Woofs With Wilson

Action shot of Wilson jumping for stones

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you I went on a walk with Maria from work. We walked along Stokes Bay up to the Gilkicker fort and back. It was 2.8 miles so almost a parkrun and again was absolutely pain free. It was a chatty pace though so perhaps not quick enough for a parkrun just yet. We had a good old natter and then went for a coffee afterwards.

Apple Watch Walk Stats

That now brings me pretty much up to date with everything that’s been happening. Hopefully as I return to exercise I’ll have a little more to blog about. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to run some time in the future!

 

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Bonfire Night Memories

It’s a shame I don’t have any photographs to go alongside this post but growing up my family just didn’t take many pictures. However, we always had a Bonfire Night party and they were awesome.

My mum would have the oven on with potatoes slowly baking. The aroma would fill the whole house and I’d impatiently wait for it to get dark and our guests to arrive. We’d have hotdogs, potatoes with beans or chilli and bonfire toffee a plenty.

My Dad would have been prepping the bonfire for a couple of days before, burning whatever pieces of wood he had left from his woodwork projects. A few days before my Dad and I would have walked to the firework shop a couple of miles away from my house. We didn’t have a car back then so we pretty much walked everywhere. It felt like it took forever and my Dad walked so quick I’d have to do a little quick step to keep up with him. For every step he took I had to take three.

We’d also have the nightmare of coaxing my two cats in to their safe place of the cellar. The cellar sounds awful but it was more like a workshop as my Dad did his woodwork down there. Please, if you have pets, make sure they’re safe on Bonfire Night.

On the night there’d be the nip in the air and everyone would be bundled up in their winter warmers. My Auntie and Uncle were regular guests along with my best friend and her parents and some of my parents friends. We’d have music on and my Dad would be in charge of stoking the fire and setting off the fireworks, only once getting caught out by a rogue firework and nearly joining it screaming way up in to the sky!!

I’d always go to bed late that night, tired, full of yummy food and with a smell of smoke in my hair.

Do you go to Bonfire parties? Have you ever hosted your own?

 

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My Favourite Autumn Quotes

Whilst I’ve been writing all my Autumn/October posts the same quote kept falling in to my head.

Fall In New York Quote

This quote is from my absolute favourite movie “You’ve Got Mail” and the quote is said by my favourite actor Tom Hanks.

It made me wonder what other Autumn quotes there are, so I thought I’d look some up and share with you.

Autumn Colours Quote

Go To The Parks

Colours in its pocket

Let Dead Things Go

Do you have a favourite Autumn quote?

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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.

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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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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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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Why I Love Autumn

Blogging about why Autumn is the best season is a bit of a blogging cliché isn’t it. However I genuinely do love Autumn…and Winter. I prefer the colder months, maybe because I was born in Winter? Who knows but it’s definitely my favourite time of year and here’s why:

The crisp cold weather and changing colours

It’s the first glimpse of things to come. You feel that little bite in the air and can start layering up clothes. Everything looks pretty as it starts to change colour.  I love walking in the woods in this weather crunching through the leaves, or now, going for walks along the beach. You can finally get out and about and not have to worry about sun cream and coming back a hot sweaty mess! What’s not to like?!

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The Coffee shops up their game

Coffee shops really up their game in Autumn starting with Starbucks. I’m a Costa girl through and through but for those couple of weeks that Pumpkin Spiced Lattes come out I switch allegiance (but only for those few weeks) They also change their cups and then the Christmas ranges start. I’m not going to comment on that just now though as that’s a whole other post.

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The warming food

Autumn is the perfect time to make use of your slow cooker to make casseroles, stews, soups and chillis. All those warming foods and you can actually make them pretty healthy too if you add lots of veggies and butternut squash! Then when you’ve eaten all the veggies, you can drink more hot chocolate! Autumn is great because you can drink hot chocolate guilt free because hey, you’re just using it to warm up right?!

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It’s the start of the celebrations

Halloween, Bonfire Night, Black Friday hey we don’t celebrate it but I’ll take the sales it brings any day and then the lead up to Christmas, it’s just the best time and the decorations are fun.

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My Mickey Mouse pumpkin

And now let the countdown to Christmas begin!!

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