Autumn days when the grass is jewelled // October Faves

Walking amongst the Autumn Leaves
 
It’s my favourite time of year, autumn days when the grass is jewelled and the silk inside a chestnut shell.. anyone remember that little Primary School singalong nugget? Anyway, yes the trees look so gorgeous and I love a crisp and fresh autumn morning. This month has been busy at work (standard) but I’ve managed to raise money for charity and I made my YouTube debut (and not in a vlog which I have been trying to do), take a read guys…
 
Charitable weekends 
Spent the afternoon at the beginning of the month playing netball at the Smile from Hatti tournament for a friend Sophie, who’s friend passed away last year. Lauren and I joined Juliet’s mixed team and we had all sorts of fun playing with the boys and getting knocked about as they didn’t quite understand the concept of “non contact”. Despite the fears of rain, the sun came out all afternoon and there was even a rainbow in honour of Hatti herself! 
 
My "smile from hatti" t-shirt

 

Sunny day for mixed netball
 
 
The following weekend I met Emily and Sinead and a large group for the Thanda 20 walk to raise money for Thanda, a charity based in South Africa, providing education and food for many deprived kids in that area. 
 
The walk was from Richmond all the way down the Thames Path to Bermondsey! Despite the 20mile length, the trip was so much fun, we all chatted, exchanged stories and the weather held off just until we stopped for lunch (when it absolutely poured down) and then regained normality as we continued from Putney onwards. The first part of the walk was gorgeous, all through Richmond, Kew, Putney and then there was a stretch during which we were walking past all those new developments built on the side of the river. 
 
Battersea Park next, we were starting to get a lot closer to central now and we crossed to North of the river to avoid the power station developments. It wasn’t long before I got a bloody blister, (note to self, don’t wear 10 year old walking boots from D of E next time), and then London started to get busy – that final stretch through the city was the ultimate game of tourist dodging as we aimed for the finishing point at an apartment of one of the fellow travellers! We had a well earned meal and relaxed with some glasses of vino to rest our achy limbs… bring it on again in 2017!
 
Emily, Sinead and I at tower bridge - home stretch for the walk
 
 
Upping the blogging game 
I know I’ve been rubbish at blogging recently but in the spirit of getting back into the swing of things, I attended a blogging workshop during which a travel blogger Julie shared tips and ideas on how to get started. A lot of the content was things I knew and maybe don’t do, but it was a great little reminder to think about USPs for my blog and what really is making it stand out over others. Planning to attend the advance masterclass next to see what else she has to add. I did this course with General Assembly who seem to have a fantastic range of digital based courses available! 
 
Things beginning with B
For those who have been keeping up to date you’ll have seen my latest travel post, all about a weekend trip to Belgium, I’ll say no more, you can check it out right here.
 
Being a tourist in Brussels
 
 
Team Efforts 
You can’t beat a great team at work and big events that we have such as Wimbledon and most recently BusinessConnect really highlight how fantastic the people are that I work with. After two busy weeks with events we celebrated with some drinks and also wished Abby farewell for her new adventure at Virgin Atlantic. Now I’ve got to really get to grips with my new role in the advertising team, and put all those IDM learnings into practice! 
 
A fantastic team at work
 
 
 
Breakfast at the Mondrian
Having walked past the Mondrian many a time, especially in the mornings these days we decided having breakfast would be a lovely threat for Abby’s last day at IBM. A delightful choice of breakfast treats; Em and I opted for The Egg Sammy sunny side up egg, crispy bacon, Jack cheese, avocado, coriander & chipotle relish, brioche bun. With fresh coffee (refills too if you get filter coffee) and a fabulous view of the river this was the perfect way to start the day – ONLY for a treat once a while mind, I can’t be spending £10 on an egg and bacon sandwich on the regular you know!
 
The Egg Sammy
 
 
YouTube Debut…

 

Ah ha, my first official appearance on youtube. As we’ve relaunched and rebranded our recruitment messaging at work, they’ve been creating videos to showcase the kind of work IBMers are doing. Following my work with the Millennial Corps, I was asked to feature… 
 
 
 
What have you been doing in October? Is this your favourite time of year? 
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