Hello October!

“October had tremendous possibility. The summer’s oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.” – Sarah Guillory

Autumn vineyards

September – where did you go?! Already we’re into the first week of October and I’m not sure I remember how we got here. We had such an incredibly busy September, and I’m looking forward to a slightly slower paced October. I thought I’d give a bit of an update about what we’ve been doing since my last post.

September started with me going on a Hen do for a lovely friend from work. It was a great night out, with so many laughs, memories, and lots of boomerangs!



It definitely took a few days to recover after that; I’m obviously getting old! The start of September also meant back to school, and after having a few quieter weeks at work, it quickly become the opposite. Rich and I were working long and busy hours at both our jobs, and by the time evening rolled around we just wanted to sit and veg. Because of this we were able to do a bit of shopping for our trip, and we both got the backpacks that we wanted (at an awesome price due to an unexpected site sale). 22278539_10159376219905282_1144594999_nRich decided to go with an 85 litre bag, where as I went with a smaller, 70 litre one (he knows he’ll have to do all the heavy lifting over the next year!!). Once they arrived, we stuffed them full of stuff and tried them out around our local reservoir.

August 24th was Rich’s birthday, and September 19th was mine (we both turned 27), and we were able to celebrate them together with some friends. I also found out that I needed another surgery on my knee, which was scheduled in on the 27th of September. Some of you won’t know, but when I was 15 I torn my meniscus in my right knee, and had a meniscal

Day 1, Day 4, Day 7

repair on it when I was 16. At some point in the last 11 years it tore again; however, due to where the tear was and the scar tissue from before, the surgeon was unable to repair it again and instead removed some of the meniscus and cleaned up the scar tissue. I was lucky and was able to go on a girly weekend with my sister-in-law to Italy the weekend before my surgery (more on that on the next post), and have spent the last week resting and relaxing at home. I’m unable to drive until late next week at the earliest, and won’t be going back to work till the end of October, so I have been steadily getting through my ‘to watch’ list on Netflix, and with so many other shows that have started in the last couple weeks I haven’t gotten bored yet! I am fully weight bearing, although my knee is still pretty stiff and a bit swollen so I don’t have complete range of motion back yet. That being said, I’ve been enjoying doing some baking this week and the couch is only a few steps away for when I get too tired to stand on it.

Although surgery is never fun, it went really well, and after a fairly stressful year at work I am glad to have the break. It means I’ll go back into work in a couple weeks time refreshed and excited to be there again, and finish my last 10 weeks there feeling good about the work that I do rather then feeling stressed and unmotivated.

So that was September! It was busy and hectic, and a lot happened in just a few short weeks. Keep your eyes peeled in the next few days for a post about Pisa and Florence as it was a great weekend and I got some incredible photos from it!


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