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Book Review: Rosie Swale Pope’s ‘Just a Little Run Around the World’


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Those who know me will know that I am, and always have been, a massive bookworm. Since planning our travels, all I’ve wanted to read is books about adventures and travelling. I’m planning on doing regular travel book reviews on the blog.

In my hunt for my next read, I came across Rosie Swale Pope’s ‘Just a Little Run Around the World.‘ – A non-fiction book about a woman who tragically loses her husband to cancer, and then decides to literally run around the world over five years in order to raise awareness, encourage regular health checks, and to grieve her husband.


It’s a bit unclear in the above photo (I’ll get my camera sorted soon, I promise) but the tagline reads: ‘5 years, 3 packs of wolves and 53 pairs of shoes.’

I loved this book. I normally read fiction, so it was a bit of a change of flavour for me, but I found it so inspirational! It’s one of those books that reminds you to never take anything for granted, and (excuse the expression) to grab life by the balls!

The book was an incredible read on many levels:

  •  Rosie begins her run aged 57. (!)
  •  She runs alone
  •  She covers huge distances each day – putting my twice weekly 5k plod to shame!
  •  She sleeps outside in minus 20 and worse.

I could go on forever, but what struck me most of all was her incredible positivity, even when being chased by wild dogs, harassed by drunken men and at one point, even waking up to find a naked bloke wielding an axe outside her tent!

I was also taken by how she meets the most kind strangers.


“Never miss the chance to be happy.”

The above quote really stayed with me after reading the book. I love the philosophy that life is just one big opportunity that you can grab.

You can follow me on goodreads here.

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Travel planning over sleepy Easter weekend.

Happy Easter everyone. This weekend I’ve been at my parents house in Kendal with Tom, my brother Jacob and his girlfriend Charlie (and my parents of course!)

Yesterday I did my first ever Parkrun in Fell Foot Park, on the South shore of Lake Windermere. Very pretty, very muddy and my time (37 minutes) wasn’t too shabby considering it normally takes me the best part of 45 minutes to do 5km haha. Most of all though, I was pleased to have beaten my brother… even though he did have a toilet break.


We then went on (after a shower of course) to one of the Lake District’s many outdoor shops so that I could hunt for a suitable pair of walking boots for our travels. I ended up with a lovely pair of Keen boots. Nice and light and comfy – exactly what I wanted.

I’ve been wearing them in around the house today, much to my mum’s delight. I think her exact words were “you look like a skinny clown with massive feet.” My mum can always be relied on for compliments such as these.

bootsIt’s a good look, don’t you think?!

Today, we embarked on the traditional Easter egg hunt, which my dad does for us every year. Yes, I realise that we’re all in our twenties, but it’s still fun! Also, we won’t be doing it next year… so we have to get in all the eggs while we still can. I didn’t win this year, Charlie did! booooo.

eggsYou can almost imagine the extent of the gluttony here. Almost.

As you can see, the pictures in this post are from instagram. I have just set up an account for the blog, which would most welcome some followers: search heppyblog. You can also follow my personal account too, which is 123heppy.

In the future I’ll be putting better quality photos on here, unfortunately I don’t have access to a good camera this weekend, so my iPhone is doing an okay job!

In other news, I’ve been looking at Airbnb for the first time today. It’s amazing! Drooling over apartments in LA. Look at this bad boy!:

See you soon homeslice,





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Hello and welcome to my blog.

My name is Heppy, I’m twenty four, and I live in Leeds UK with my boyfriend Tom and my two black cats, Penny and Parker.

In September 2015, we are going on a big adventure. For a year, we are going to travel the world. This blog is going to be all about our exploits.

N.B. Unfortunately the cats won’t be coming with us, they’re staying at home with our friends. 🙂