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Thursday 4 November 2021

Sentence a Day, October: Birthdays, Back to Office, Bulbs

Rain doesn't stop play for ardent walker Gail Hanlon of Is This Mutton.

Fri Oct 1

Changed the beds with winter duvets. Rained in morning so no walk. Quiet day work-wise. 

Sat Oct 2

Did longish walk with J looking for the small cattle but no sign of them. Rain set in. Had 2 Zoom calls for the John Lewis Beauty Weekend, Laura Mercier and NARS - very enjoyable! Will get a beauty bag in a few days. 

Sun Oct 3

London marathon. We were up at 5.30, J had an early start as he's volunteering on the Orions elite runners' drinks station. I took some blog photos. 

Mon Oct 4

Sunny start, did walk, 4 miles. Booked a charity collection for Fri. So much stuff to go.

Tues Oct 5

Sunny intervals. Workout.  Went out looking for petrol.  Yes there's a shortage caused by a lack of tanker drivers, plus panic buying. Got it in the 3rd place I tried. Then went to get a birthday card for J. Bought Xmas cards too. Picked up some conkers on the way to the shop. Useful around the house for deterring spiders. 

Weds Oct 6

J's birthday - we will go out for dinner on Friday.  Not able to have walk because had to take the car for a service, and then start work.

Thurs Oct 7

Went back to office! Great to be back to some vestige of normality. Our building has been refurbished.  The cafeteria is running a seated lunch service - place your order and get served at the table.  

J's sister Kate finished the Santiago Camino walk. Huge achievement.

Fri Oct 8

Day off. Cloudy. Wanted to go for walk but bad back. I Collect Clothes collected 2 boxes and 4 bags. Dinner at Grand Trunk Rd, one of J's favourite restaurants, for his birthday.  His daughter Rachel told us she's pregnant with their first child. 

Sat Oct 9

Lovely warm day. Did walk. 5.4 miles. Planted bulbs, daffodils, tulips and alliums.  Still have some empty containers so ordered more mixed daffodils.

Sun Oct 10

Christopher, Katie and baby Rosie came round to give J his presents. Brought brownies. J and I went into London for the return of the annual Hanlons' birthday lunch, which hasn't happened for a while.  J and two of his siblings have birthdays in October.   Forgot our masks and felt mortified on tube. Fortunately Yvonne had 2 spares for return trip. Photo shows Yvonne, J's sister-in-law, left, and his sister Kate, right.

Mon Oct 11

Bright start, chilly. Felt v stiff and in pain at start of walk but wore off thankfully.  Mum had 3rd jab. Salmon fillets.

Tues Oct 12

Smooth trip to office.  Fun day. Lunch with the Machine Learning marketing team, 2 of whom I haven't met face to face. I was quoted in an article in the Huffington Post! Spaghetti bolognese

Weds Oct 13

Urban walk to big Tesco (bus back!).  Has to wait as usual at the level crossing for the train to central London to go by. Curry for dinner. 

Thursday Oct 14

5 mile walk, started off blue sky but clouded over.

Friday Oct 15

Had 9.20 meeting so not enough time for a walk. Busy day combining work and fresh n up Friday. 

Sat Oct 16

Cloudy and chilly. Did walk 4 2 miles. Did the first Body Flow class, combination of Tai Chi, yoga and Pilates. Felt my legs had lengthened and less painful. Lisa Eldridge's new make-up additions went on sale so bought a few items. Hard to resist!

Lisa Eldridge's latest additions, bought by blogger Is This Mutton

Sunday Oct 17

Sunny intervals. Did blog photography including pics for Joe Brown's. Pleased with how they turned out. Roast chicken

Mon Oct 18

Cloudy but not cold. Did walk 4.4 miles. Busy day. Macaroni cheese and salad

Tues Oct 19

Lovely day in office. Kept playing Sound Your Funky Horn  (KC and the Sunshine Band) in the car after hearing it on Johnnie Walker.  Had lunch with a colleague I met on the induction course three and a half years ago.  Got home to find flowers from boss - pastel coloured baby's breath - to thank me for helping with big event which started today. Sausages and baked potato. 

Weds Oct 20

John is back on his bike trainer - similar to Peloton but uses your own bike. 

Thurs Oct 21

Did walk. Getting muddy in the forest. A bit under stress today, feels like so much to do before my sabbatical in November. 

Fri Oct 22

Got quite a bit done plus cleaned the bathroom. No walk. Watched 1st episode Invasion.  Fish n chips but not for me after eating huge bag crisps (!). 

Sat Oct 23

Cold, cloudy. Did walk featuring four ponds in Epping Forest with J. Was over 6 miles. Picture shows a memorial to a dog at one of the ponds, Strawberry Pond. Blue green algae is present - and a dog died there. Did Body Flow.

Memorial to a dog at Strawberry Pond, Epping Forest

Sun Oct 24

Nice weather. Did blog photography.  Then we went to West Malling in Kent for Lynn's 60th. Very nice afternoon. Had tuna followed by steak. Lynn blows out the candles

Mon Oct 25

Saw the cattle on the Plains. Cloudy. Quiet day. Very tired.

Gail Hanlon on Chingford Plains with the famous Epping Forest longhorn cattle in the background

Tues Oct 26

Office. More people wearing masks now in coffee areas. Home by 4pm in time for meetings at 5 and 6. 

Weds Oct 27

Walk, 4.4 miles. Saw the cattle.  Powered through a lot of work. Quite pleased with myself!

Thurs Oct 28

Last day before sabbatical starts. Work out. A fair bit to do. Thought I'd be euphoric but was hard to get everything done and it felt a bit flat. 

Fri Oct 29

Raining when I got up. Decided to try aqua aerobics at public pool. Then took fright in case test & trace and a positive result would ruin my plans for sabbatical  (November).  Went for a walk instead.  I am on target to reach 1,500 miles by the end of the year. Wrote Fri Favourites post which always takes a while. Started watching Bump (BBC). 

Sat Oct 30

Rained. Walked to WR to get tartare sauce, as J prefers theirs!  5 miles round trip.  Had a look round a charity shop. Went in the dance shoes shop and ordered pair purple glittery shoes. Will need to get them soled, as dance shoes have suede soles. 

Sun Oct 31

My brother's birthday.  Pouring with rain.  J still went running with club. I did a beauty shoot.  J lost his key through a hole in his shorts. Another group of runners found it, in Yates Meadow, and reported it on the WhatsApp group. He was reunited with it.  Of course it was Halloween today,  I put the light-up pumpkin outside and had a steady stream of kids in costumes. 

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  1. Love your countryside walks. And that you look for the cattle. That would make any walk brighter in my book. What an accomplishment for your sister-in-law. Amazing.
    Congratulations on the news of a new bundle of joy joining the family. Will you be called grandmother or Nana or mum?

  2. The cattle will be returning to their winter quarters soon which is a shame because I love looking for them!
    I'm only a step grandma so I have to see what the two official grandmothers want to be called. I'm "Granny Gail" to our first grandchild


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