Monday, 31 October 2016

Farewell October ....

So October has fallen asleep in glorious autumnal shades and winter is rapidly approaching. However before we say goodbye to what has been a glorious month of gorgeous hues of gold, red and browns, let me share some of my best bits.
2016 is turning out to be a year of so much change; new job, weight-loss, fitness programme and new friendships and a very busy social life, that it doesn't seem to leave much time for blogging.

With the nights drawing in I am hoping to catch-up on some blog posts and find a rhythm and routine that works for me.
October has seen some glorious sunrises, a little fog, coffee with friends, pumpkins, leaves and park runs filled with colour.
I am now running 3 times a week and have loved watching the season change during the month.
Beautiful blue skies, showcasing greens, reds, oranges and golds.







October saw me complete my 3 month probationary period at work and I feel like I have finally settled into my office and getting comfortable with the job.
The month also saw me at the cemetery to mark my Nan's birthday.
The end of the month saw me take a trip to Portsmouth to see my nephew who moved there in September to start his university life. I met his house mates and took him for Sunday lunch, a walk around the quay and then some retail therapy. We had a lovely day and I cant believe how much he has grown up in the short time that he has been there.
As you can see October was glorious, I made the most of the good weather with trips to the coast both south and east. Had a fab day at a family wedding
Looking forward to November and all that it brings x

Friday, 28 October 2016

A Golden day at the Seaside

A couple of Sunday's ago I spent a gorgeous afternoon at the Essex seaside town of Leigh on Sea and an evening of entertainment at the Cliffs pavilion in Southend. We were blessed with the most glorious weather which made for a perfect stroll along the seafront and promenade.
The afternoon started with lunch at Leigh on Seas The Boatyard. Nestled amongst the cockle sheds in Old Leigh The Boatyard is a stunning restaurant butting onto gorgeous views of the Essex coastline.
Offering a fantastic menu and sunday roast this restaurant is perfect for small and large parties. We were seated on the mezzanine floor which gave us views of both the restaurant and the sea. With a relatively late lunch booking it allowed us to watch the sun start to set over dessert and coffee.
This was my first visit to The Boatyard and will definitely be adding it to my "re-visit" list, service, ambience and the food were gorgeous and look forward to going again.
The Golden sunset set us up perfectly for an evening at The Cliffs Pavillion where we were entertained in True 80's style with Tony Hadley.
I was with a friend that hadn't seen Tony before and he was really impressed with the show. Accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, Tony's set was a mixture of Spandau Ballet classics, own songs and some great rock & crooning tunes.
A Truly Golden day with great company in gorgeous Essex style.




Thursday, 27 October 2016

something borrowed, something blue....

Catching up on blog posts and today I am sharing a few pictures from my goddaughters wedding in early October.
Along with being a guest of the wedding I was also asked to make the wedding cake. My goddaughter K had a baby in May and even though they had always planned on an October wedding, they scaled back the celebrations and had a small family wedding, with lots of the decorations and gifts part of the wedding celebrations and contribution to a small holiday.
The day was lovely but I think it was the only day in October where it rained most of the day, it didn't damper the spirits of the bride and groom, who had a lovely day.
This was the first time that I had seen some of my family for sometime, and a chance for me to buy a new outfit. Ditching the usual black I went all out in a gorgeous pink dress from DVF, navy jacket from Jasper Conran, blue clutch from Victoria Beckham, pink heels and a cute fascinator.
The cake's design revolved around a 'bird cage' theme as these were what were being used on the tables as floral pieces.
With a pale blue colour scheme I made sugar roses to decorate with along with leaves and a few feathers and blossom.
The wedding was a civil service followed by a blessing from a curate. Followed by a fantastic sit down wedding breakfast of sausage and mash and profiteroles.
The brides uncle took over the entertainment for the evening which was a fun filled family fuelled party, complete with cake cutting, a game of Mr & Mrs and lots and lots of dancing to some great wedding party tunes.
I danced my little feet off and managed to keep my heels on all night, however did loose the fascinator. Lots of love and fun had my all and the baby was the perfect little guest, she boogied and had lots of cuddles with all of us.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Autumn Bucket List.....

Today I am guest writing for Gemma on her blog Gems Country Life. I have followed Gem’s blog and Instagram feed for some time now and I am delighted to write a post for her during what is one of my favourite months of the year. 
Gems posts this month are have a real autumnal feel to them which has allowed me to share all my favourite things about October and Autumn before we tumble into winter when the clocks fall back at the weekend.
Lots of people love Spring and the awakening of the flowers from their winter hibernation but for me Autumn is the equivalent of spring but for the leaves and trees as they turn from green to golden glows of yellows and reds.
This year the colours have been spectacular and I have loved kicking my way through the fallen leaves as I walk and run through the park.
Every year I produce an Autumnal Bucket List which I try to complete during the end of September and October; this year we have been blessed with some gorgeous weather which has allowed me to soak up some gorgeous sunrise’s and sunsets through the city, at the seaside and in the park.
Autumn for me features Spice Lattes, Apples, Pumpkins, Cozy Sweaters, Candles, Ugg Slippers and Cashmere throw. My wardrobe switches into comfy boots, and a  capsule wardrobe of browns, tans, greens and berry. Days are filled with gorgeous Sunrises and Sunsets, and park life is filled with Conkers, Squirrels, Swans  and lots of crisp leaves. (perfect for kicking).

So as we head towards November I am going to savour every minute left of Autumn before the days become a little darker and greyer and the festive season is truly upon us and I start compiling my Winter Bucket List.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Hello October...

Hello October...... what a glorious autumnal start we have had to the month. September passed in a whirl of steps, sunrises and sunsets.  
I am a little late with welcoming October, due to a few social activities; a family wedding, and lots on at work.
I'm 10 weeks into my new worklife with the Fenwick Family and loving it. Last week we opened the Christmas Hall and I am feeling at home and settled into my office and work space.
Early October would have been my Nans 95th birthday so a trip to the cemetery with some autumnal flowers and a little toast to mark the occasion.
I am still on my SW journey and have a stone to go to target which will be a 5.5stone weight loss which I am hoping to achieve around Christmas. Having loved my 10,000 steps challenge so much in September I am continuing the walking and enjoying it still. Looking at some bigger challenges for 2017.
I have a couple of nice things planned in October including some time off and an evening with Tony Hadley with friends.
Hoping to catch up with some friends and generally enjoy the remains of autumn before we tumble into November and winter.
Here's to a gorgeous October.... xx



Saturday, 8 October 2016

Farewell September.....

So September has gone and I am a week late in updating my blog with its October makeover and still have a list of posts in draft from September!
Life is kind of busy at the moment with lots of new and exciting stuff, who knew that losing weight and getting a little fitter would lead to be getting a life back! September was a month filled with steps!
It saw me take up Cancer Research’s challenge of 10,000 steps a day and I am thrilled to announce that not only did I smash the 10,000 steps a day but also my target of £250. I am now nearly at £400 which I am delighted with.
When I signed-up for the challenge I made a commitment to myself that I would walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day and not bank any if I had walked more on other days; my final step count for the month was 463,194 covering 337k (209 miles)
Some of the loveliest moments in September whilst walking was seeing the summer evenings move into autumn and the trees begin to turn in preparation for fall. Sunrises and Sunsets were particularly stunning and I loved every step that I took (apart from the days when I was running!) Autumn is ever present in my local park with an abundance of conkers, which I had to dodge on my weekly run.
I have also found places in London that I never knew existed and could give a black cab driver a run for his money on the routes between Liverpool Street and Bond Street.
September also saw me catch-up with friends old a new and enjoy a few glasses of fizz and  some indulgent lunches.
 I am also enjoying the darker nights and I’m already nesting for my winter hibernation, I have a backlog of autumn telly on my planner for viewing which I am looking forward to curling up and watching.
September also saw the release of Bridget Jones Baby which I saw twice during the month and loved both occasions, laughed out loud throughout and already have it on pre-order for its 2017 release.
Payday heralded a little shopping spree as I have run out of clothes that fit and desperately needed some basics for work and a few bits for the weekends. Super excited to be pulling on a size 12 jeans and I have had to return a few bits due to them being too big!
Overall September was quite lovely, weather was beautiful, I am settling into the new job and even though I’ve failed miserably on the blogging front I really hope to catch you all up with life and all its adventures over the coming weeks.
Here’s to a gorgeous October …..



Monday, 31 October 2016

Farewell October ....

So October has fallen asleep in glorious autumnal shades and winter is rapidly approaching. However before we say goodbye to what has been a glorious month of gorgeous hues of gold, red and browns, let me share some of my best bits.
2016 is turning out to be a year of so much change; new job, weight-loss, fitness programme and new friendships and a very busy social life, that it doesn't seem to leave much time for blogging.

With the nights drawing in I am hoping to catch-up on some blog posts and find a rhythm and routine that works for me.
October has seen some glorious sunrises, a little fog, coffee with friends, pumpkins, leaves and park runs filled with colour.
I am now running 3 times a week and have loved watching the season change during the month.
Beautiful blue skies, showcasing greens, reds, oranges and golds.







October saw me complete my 3 month probationary period at work and I feel like I have finally settled into my office and getting comfortable with the job.
The month also saw me at the cemetery to mark my Nan's birthday.
The end of the month saw me take a trip to Portsmouth to see my nephew who moved there in September to start his university life. I met his house mates and took him for Sunday lunch, a walk around the quay and then some retail therapy. We had a lovely day and I cant believe how much he has grown up in the short time that he has been there.
As you can see October was glorious, I made the most of the good weather with trips to the coast both south and east. Had a fab day at a family wedding
Looking forward to November and all that it brings x

Friday, 28 October 2016

A Golden day at the Seaside

A couple of Sunday's ago I spent a gorgeous afternoon at the Essex seaside town of Leigh on Sea and an evening of entertainment at the Cliffs pavilion in Southend. We were blessed with the most glorious weather which made for a perfect stroll along the seafront and promenade.
The afternoon started with lunch at Leigh on Seas The Boatyard. Nestled amongst the cockle sheds in Old Leigh The Boatyard is a stunning restaurant butting onto gorgeous views of the Essex coastline.
Offering a fantastic menu and sunday roast this restaurant is perfect for small and large parties. We were seated on the mezzanine floor which gave us views of both the restaurant and the sea. With a relatively late lunch booking it allowed us to watch the sun start to set over dessert and coffee.
This was my first visit to The Boatyard and will definitely be adding it to my "re-visit" list, service, ambience and the food were gorgeous and look forward to going again.
The Golden sunset set us up perfectly for an evening at The Cliffs Pavillion where we were entertained in True 80's style with Tony Hadley.
I was with a friend that hadn't seen Tony before and he was really impressed with the show. Accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, Tony's set was a mixture of Spandau Ballet classics, own songs and some great rock & crooning tunes.
A Truly Golden day with great company in gorgeous Essex style.




Thursday, 27 October 2016

something borrowed, something blue....

Catching up on blog posts and today I am sharing a few pictures from my goddaughters wedding in early October.
Along with being a guest of the wedding I was also asked to make the wedding cake. My goddaughter K had a baby in May and even though they had always planned on an October wedding, they scaled back the celebrations and had a small family wedding, with lots of the decorations and gifts part of the wedding celebrations and contribution to a small holiday.
The day was lovely but I think it was the only day in October where it rained most of the day, it didn't damper the spirits of the bride and groom, who had a lovely day.
This was the first time that I had seen some of my family for sometime, and a chance for me to buy a new outfit. Ditching the usual black I went all out in a gorgeous pink dress from DVF, navy jacket from Jasper Conran, blue clutch from Victoria Beckham, pink heels and a cute fascinator.
The cake's design revolved around a 'bird cage' theme as these were what were being used on the tables as floral pieces.
With a pale blue colour scheme I made sugar roses to decorate with along with leaves and a few feathers and blossom.
The wedding was a civil service followed by a blessing from a curate. Followed by a fantastic sit down wedding breakfast of sausage and mash and profiteroles.
The brides uncle took over the entertainment for the evening which was a fun filled family fuelled party, complete with cake cutting, a game of Mr & Mrs and lots and lots of dancing to some great wedding party tunes.
I danced my little feet off and managed to keep my heels on all night, however did loose the fascinator. Lots of love and fun had my all and the baby was the perfect little guest, she boogied and had lots of cuddles with all of us.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Autumn Bucket List.....

Today I am guest writing for Gemma on her blog Gems Country Life. I have followed Gem’s blog and Instagram feed for some time now and I am delighted to write a post for her during what is one of my favourite months of the year. 
Gems posts this month are have a real autumnal feel to them which has allowed me to share all my favourite things about October and Autumn before we tumble into winter when the clocks fall back at the weekend.
Lots of people love Spring and the awakening of the flowers from their winter hibernation but for me Autumn is the equivalent of spring but for the leaves and trees as they turn from green to golden glows of yellows and reds.
This year the colours have been spectacular and I have loved kicking my way through the fallen leaves as I walk and run through the park.
Every year I produce an Autumnal Bucket List which I try to complete during the end of September and October; this year we have been blessed with some gorgeous weather which has allowed me to soak up some gorgeous sunrise’s and sunsets through the city, at the seaside and in the park.
Autumn for me features Spice Lattes, Apples, Pumpkins, Cozy Sweaters, Candles, Ugg Slippers and Cashmere throw. My wardrobe switches into comfy boots, and a  capsule wardrobe of browns, tans, greens and berry. Days are filled with gorgeous Sunrises and Sunsets, and park life is filled with Conkers, Squirrels, Swans  and lots of crisp leaves. (perfect for kicking).

So as we head towards November I am going to savour every minute left of Autumn before the days become a little darker and greyer and the festive season is truly upon us and I start compiling my Winter Bucket List.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Hello October...

Hello October...... what a glorious autumnal start we have had to the month. September passed in a whirl of steps, sunrises and sunsets.  
I am a little late with welcoming October, due to a few social activities; a family wedding, and lots on at work.
I'm 10 weeks into my new worklife with the Fenwick Family and loving it. Last week we opened the Christmas Hall and I am feeling at home and settled into my office and work space.
Early October would have been my Nans 95th birthday so a trip to the cemetery with some autumnal flowers and a little toast to mark the occasion.
I am still on my SW journey and have a stone to go to target which will be a 5.5stone weight loss which I am hoping to achieve around Christmas. Having loved my 10,000 steps challenge so much in September I am continuing the walking and enjoying it still. Looking at some bigger challenges for 2017.
I have a couple of nice things planned in October including some time off and an evening with Tony Hadley with friends.
Hoping to catch up with some friends and generally enjoy the remains of autumn before we tumble into November and winter.
Here's to a gorgeous October.... xx



Saturday, 8 October 2016

Farewell September.....

So September has gone and I am a week late in updating my blog with its October makeover and still have a list of posts in draft from September!
Life is kind of busy at the moment with lots of new and exciting stuff, who knew that losing weight and getting a little fitter would lead to be getting a life back! September was a month filled with steps!
It saw me take up Cancer Research’s challenge of 10,000 steps a day and I am thrilled to announce that not only did I smash the 10,000 steps a day but also my target of £250. I am now nearly at £400 which I am delighted with.
When I signed-up for the challenge I made a commitment to myself that I would walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day and not bank any if I had walked more on other days; my final step count for the month was 463,194 covering 337k (209 miles)
Some of the loveliest moments in September whilst walking was seeing the summer evenings move into autumn and the trees begin to turn in preparation for fall. Sunrises and Sunsets were particularly stunning and I loved every step that I took (apart from the days when I was running!) Autumn is ever present in my local park with an abundance of conkers, which I had to dodge on my weekly run.
I have also found places in London that I never knew existed and could give a black cab driver a run for his money on the routes between Liverpool Street and Bond Street.
September also saw me catch-up with friends old a new and enjoy a few glasses of fizz and  some indulgent lunches.
 I am also enjoying the darker nights and I’m already nesting for my winter hibernation, I have a backlog of autumn telly on my planner for viewing which I am looking forward to curling up and watching.
September also saw the release of Bridget Jones Baby which I saw twice during the month and loved both occasions, laughed out loud throughout and already have it on pre-order for its 2017 release.
Payday heralded a little shopping spree as I have run out of clothes that fit and desperately needed some basics for work and a few bits for the weekends. Super excited to be pulling on a size 12 jeans and I have had to return a few bits due to them being too big!
Overall September was quite lovely, weather was beautiful, I am settling into the new job and even though I’ve failed miserably on the blogging front I really hope to catch you all up with life and all its adventures over the coming weeks.
Here’s to a gorgeous October …..