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Life Lately Sept 2016

Sep 18, 2016 | Lifestyle | 5 comments

I had an alarm set for 6am to get my long run done on Friday morning before heading to my friend Jo’s wedding this weekend. However I woke up at 5 to the noise and flashing of the torrential thunderstorm and I quickly rethought my plan. Luckily the weather calmed down by 4pm, and I managed to complete my long run around Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa. More on this Rest & Run stay tomorrow!

Bridesmaid Duty 

I was honoured to be a bridesmaid in my friend Jo’s wedding this weekend to her boyfriend husband, Tom. She was the calmest bride, completely chilled out while we had our hair and make up done, and 15 minutes EARLY for the ceremony! There was a huge group of our friends there from school, so it was a lot of fun partying with these guys.


Jo and Tom's wedding

Tom’s New Job 

Tom started his new job last week, and it is full on. He’s working as a First Officer for an airline out of Birmingham airport, flying within the UK and Europe. This week he’s been on earlies, reporting by 6am, which means waking up around 4am! He looks so smart in his uniform, lots of people have asked if he’s going to wear it for the wedding – NO!!

Flybe Pilot

wedding flowers

Flowers for the Wedding 

My Mum and I drove out to Green and Gorgeous in Watlington to chat about wedding flowers. I know the sort of colours that I want for the wedding, but not the exact flowers (although I’m gutted that peonies aren’t in season in Sept). My aunt suggested this flower farm as they do a combination of pre-prepared flowers and DIY, meaning we can buy our bouquets etc from there, and get the flowers we need to do the table centres ourselves.

Date Night 

We were lucky to be given a gift voucher for a tasting menu for two at Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse in Henley from my friend Char for our engagement and used it for our first date night in months last week. We had an incredible eight courses, including a lot of fresh fish and local, seasonal ingredients. It was a very rich but delicious, and we’ll definitely be back in the new season for a celebratory meal – you don’t have to have the tasting menu every time, they also have an a la carte and a weekend brunch menu!



I’m off to Utah tomorrow, via Denver, Colorado, with my Mum. I’m so excited to explore the National Parks in Utah, explore some running trails, go hiking, a bike tour and go to In-and-Out Burger (worth the 40 min drive!). After 10 days in Utah, I’m heading back to Denver to catch up with my cousin and to finally run with an awesome running blogger I’ve followed for years – Amanda from Run to the Finish! Love that blogging makes the world smaller!

Have you been to Utah? Any tips/advice for my trip? 



  1. Cathryn

    Oh so jealous – we did some of the Utah parks last July. (If you click through to my blog, the pics will be from July 15). We went to Bryce and Zion, both of which were spectacular. Bryce was harder for my little boy due to the elevation but if you get to hike the hoodoos, I would definitely recommend that. Zion was amazing. We wish we’d done the Angels Landing hike but we had the aforementioned small child – we ended up doing the Emerald Pools hike which although short and quite populated was absolutely gorgeous and one of our nicest family hikes ever! Can’t wait to see your pics of other parks – Utah is spectacular.

    Elevation is tough – drink loads of water, slow your exercise speed down, use extra sunscreen.

    If you get the chance, Park City, UT is also wonderful – great trail running/hiking up there.

  2. Kaitlin

    Utah is amazing! Soak in the sights and the mountains! And enjoy In ‘N Out!

  3. Corey @ Learning Patience

    OMG you are running with Amanda???? Awesome! You didn’t tell me that girl! Have so much fun, enjoy it all! You looked fab for the wedding… x Must catch up after you & me get back from our adventures…

  4. Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales

    Have a fantastic time in Utah, it looks gorgeous and with so many fantastic trails to run on! I’ve had several friends run in Zion National park and it sounds lovely.


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