It’s been an awesome autumn… so far!


I don’t know about you, but my autumn has been pretty awesome up until now. Starting as it did with all of that lovely weather and those hot sunny days up above 30 degrees! As some of you may know I always find this initial transition from summer to winter quite difficult.

It unsettles me and fills me with what can only be described as a feeling of dread something akin to that feeling I used to get on a Sunday night as a child, when I had attacked my weekend with wild abandon and played outdoors from sunrise on Saturday until exhaustion (or my mum) forced me indoors for dinner, a good bath and a well deserved sleep.

Then, I would rise early again on Sunday morning, watch cartoons while eating breakfast cereal, then quickly rub behind my ears and get smartly dressed for mass only to run home to eat a huge Sunday lunch and get changed out of my Sunday clothes and go out and play all over again until it would get dark and then, and only then, would I remember that the next day was Monday and school was beckoning and there it would be, like an unseen thing, lurking in the shadows in the corner of my bedroom late at night when the lights were out, that ‘feeling’.

Dread, anxiety, fear, called it what you will, we’ve all had it at some point, whether it’s on the last night of holidays before going back to work or a Sunday night before returning once again to school, it is not a comforting feeling.

Well that feeling is the closest thing to describing what I feel for the couple of weeks it takes to transition from summer to full-on autumn/winter. I don’t know why I feel that way. It is truly, inexplicable.

So, this year in an attempt to avoid that feeling I have been keeping busy, as usual. The wonderful weather has really helped but I’ve also been getting out and about.

First up, I went to the book launch of a really great historical thriller writer. His name is Ed Davey and it was the launch of his second book ‘Napolean Complex’ following on from the success of his first book, ‘Foretold By Thunder’. If you love a good action thriller which has some historical referencing and a bit of globetrotting thrown in for good measure, not to mention a hint of romance then these are the books for you. Check them out!

I’ve been hitting the cinema this month too. You know it is one of my favourite things to do but I never allow myself to go, or I should say that I always prioritise something else instead. I love the feeling of walking into a dark cinema screen and sitting there totally immersed in the story and the flickering images. It is a bit magical, I have always thought. I went to see the latest Woody Allen offering, I like his movies, but mainly the ones he has directed, not really the ones he is in himself.

That sounds odd I know but his physicality and demeanor aren’t really my thing but his observations of the minute details of life that make us all tick are fascinating. So it was interesting to see his latest movie, Café Society, (which he is not in himself), the lead actor basically does a character study of Woody Allen throughout.

From the hand gestures to the walk to the speech pattern, it was basically a portrayal of Woody Allen and I found it very distracting, though the movie itself is beautifully shot and Kristen Stewart is very good in it. (I also, somehow, ended up seeing Bad Moms. I have nothing more to add to that statement right now, except, WHY?)

A couple of weeks ago I was also very fortunate to meet some really lovely QVC customers. I was asked to film a few informative pieces about the Nutri Ninja and a couple of our customers were asked to come along and appear in the pieces with myself and Caroline Sandry who is our Nutri Ninja Brand Ambassador.


We had a really fun day on set in a house in South London and we drank rather a lot of juices and smoothies before the day was done.

If I am being honest, on more than one occasion the ladies, who were my guests on set for the day, were probably better on camera than I actually was, so a big thank you to them for helping to make the day a really great one. Our director and producer seemed very happy with everything that we did. A busy day but a really good one!

The Indian Summer I thought we were going to have seems to have subsided very rapidly, and with it any hope I had that the ‘winter dread’ may not come this year.

It only ever lasts a couple of weeks but I am now dreading ‘the dread’ which seems like a ridiculous situation to be in. I mean what’s going to happen next year? Will I be dreading that I might end up dreading the dread? And so a vicious cycle begins? Lol. I really do hope not.

Anyway, for the moment I am being kept well and truly distracted due to the fact that my gorgeous old mum is here visiting. Well I say visiting, she is actually delivering my niece to London as she is about to start university, studying accountancy at a business school, no less! They are currently calling for me to get going so more details on all the goings-on, including a trip to the theatre I have booked in next week, when we next speak.

Until next time,

Miceal. Xxx


  1. SheMag September 21, 2016 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Sounds like the change in daylight to me, dear heart. Get yourself a light box and see if that helps…it’s nasty, feeling that way about a whole quarter of the year! I used to dread summer just the same until lovely lovely Ultrasun came along and let me go outside without burning for the first time in 40 years…if Abi did that for me a light box might do it for you! Lol!

  2. Diane September 22, 2016 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    Thanks for the blog I’m going to check out Ed’s books they sound right up my street.
    Your feelings on the change of season resonate with me, I start taking a good vitamin D I am told by my family I’m a lot easier to live with!

  3. AMANDA PORTER September 22, 2016 at 9:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Miceal,
    I know exactly what you mean, I feel the same about the changing season, as it fills me with the same feeling of dread. When I was a child I even hated Sunday’s, awaiting Monday! Coupled with the change this year, is the sadness of my mothers death 7 weeks ago, so the change is a even worse this year. I try to take heart that the changing seasons mean that our beautiful world is still turning, and we are lucky to be able to see this amazing transformation. Christmas is just around the corner and the beautiful decorations will soon fill the world with light.
    Keep well and enjoy your mums visit, every moment is special.
    Love Amanda x

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