Mild October days

I can’t believe how glorious the month of October has been this year. Other than the one day last week where I got soaked in a torrential downpour during my ill-timed cycle to work, the last few weeks have been brilliant autumnal weather.

With temperatures due to drop (and a LOT of rain on the way) as we head into November, I thought I’d pause and be glad of a few things that I really shouldn’t have been able to do at this time of year.

I’ve spent a lot of time eating outside recently. Myself and a couple of work colleagues have got into the habit of going for breakfast every Friday morning and last week we ventured to the café opposite our office and ate outside! It was warm enough at 9am to be outside and eating my full English. Wonderful. And at £3.95 – including a cuppa! – I was happy as larry.

I’ve also had breakfast in Hyde Park, at White Mulberries in St Katherine Docks and picnicked around and about near my office.

Clockwise from top right: banana bread & a piccolo at White Mulberries, me and my gorge borrowed Tokyobike in Hyde Park, enjoying the splendour of the Prudential building on Holborn, Friday morning full English

Last Friday, as well as an outdoor brekkie, I also managed another first – my first ever RUNch! It was such a nice day, I had some spare kit under my desk, so I decided to head out for a quick loop along the river, taking in Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.

This photo does no justice to how warm it felt – I was in a vest and shorts on the run, and then at my desk with a very red face for most of the afternoon. Most impressive though was that I managed to change, run, shower, change again and be back at my desk in under 50 minutes.

Last weekend I got red faced again as I stood for 90 minutes at my first Norwich match of the season at Craven Cottage (home of Fulham). I am so used to going to football in the depths of winter, that I was so overdressed in my four layers and overheated throughout. I’ll miss that feeling when I’m shivering on a Tuesday night in February though.

And this week my Monday morning was made instantly better by the beautiful blue sky that greeted me as I stepped out of my front door. The clocks going back mean some lighter mornings, if only for a short while, and I really appreciated this one.

I wish autumn could go on forever!



  1. October 28, 2014 / 9:23 am

    It’s such a gorgeous time of year isn’t it?!

    • October 28, 2014 / 6:34 pm

      Yep, kinda makes me want Christmas not to arrive!

  2. October 28, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    I’m very envious of everyone that can fit in a RUNch! As a teacher our breaks are split with 15mins in the morning and 25mins at lunch. Not enough time to get changed and out there. 🙁
    My whole family are massive Norwich supporters. Every Christmas I try and get my parents tickets to a match. I love the atmosphere at a game, but I’d still rather be out there running! 😛

    • October 28, 2014 / 6:33 pm

      It’s definitely something I need to do more of, a lot of the time I don’t think I have time for RUNch, but in reality I just need to be a bit more organised.
      I would also always prefer running to watching a match 🙂

  3. October 28, 2014 / 7:45 pm

    The weather has been amazing! Today was so warm and I think it is supposed to be similar later in the week, crazy when it’s almost November- but loving that it is still run in shorts weather!

    • October 29, 2014 / 6:12 pm

      I know, I’ve never had so much wear out of my shorts! 😀

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