One of the things I love about autumn and winter is the excuse to wear lots of knitted goodies. As a result, I have a ridiculous number of wooly hats, gloves and scarves. At the moment, I’m just waiting for it to get cold enough to pull them out and wear them to my hearts content! Despite having so many, I just can’t help myself and am drawn to finding new ones!
This Snug Spectator Merino Bike hat was created by Stitch-Mi-Lane, which is a lovely ‘super small company’ who make cycle inspired bits and pieces. Not only that, everything is designed and made in the UK and you’ll be told who made your order, which is lovely! Whether you’re looking for something warm and cosy for yourself or a Christmas present for the cycling fan in your life, take a look at Stitch-Mi-Lane. You won’t be disappointed!
A little while ago, I blogged about the fitness resolutions that I was making & hoping to stick to. As it’s the end of the month, I wanted to report back!
I have successfully exercised everyday throughout January! How? By completing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. Well I say complete, I haven’t finished it yet! You’re supposed to spend 10 days on each of the three levels. But I wasn’t ready to move on after the first 10 days, as my Twitter followers will know – there were tears! So I decided that I needed to double the amount of time I spent on each level, so that I spent 20 days on each level. I realise this means I’ll end up completing the 60 Day Shred, but if this means I’m fitter & stronger by the end of it, then I don’t mind that at all. While it’s not the easiest fitness DVD, it doesn’t take long before you can see physical results. So all the pain, the sweat and the tears are definitely worth it! I’m already looking at the rest of her range to see what I should move on to next, so if you’ve got any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
Sadly, I haven’t been running. Initially, the snow & ice stopped me going out. But I’ve realised that running isn’t for me, well, my joints have let me know this. While not running, but doing the shred, I haven’t been in any pain at all, whereas I am when I run. So I’m going to stick with shredding for the moment, and then turn my attention to cycling when the weather is better. I hope that one day I can return to running, when my body is stronger & lighter, but for now I’ll be taking to the tarmac on little Rusty!
There’s nothing more I like to do when out & about than to have a quick crafty coffee. It’s even better if I can support an independent cafe. So I was more than willing to visit Zappi’s Cafe in Oxford. It’s above a cycle shop which is great as it meant I could pick up a cushion for my saddle as well as get a caffeine hit!
They have a great range of teas & coffees all at very reasonable prices. They had a lovely selection of cakes, although as I’m watching the calories I didn’t indulge this time. My black americano was lush & my OH had a flat white which he really enjoyed. There was also plenty of tap water available, which pleases me as this isn’t something that all cafes offer. I also used the WC & was very impressed. While quite small it was clean & airy with proper soap, loo roll & hand towel (Take note Starbucks!). I will definitely be visiting again.