The Lodge At Autumn

October crept in slowly, darkness claiming the mornings and nights again; one whole year in St Neots.

Today we found ourselves with a rare Friday off from work and decided to celebrate the occasion with a walk in the woods. The Lodge is the RSPB Headquarters and it’s situated in Sandy – one town over from SNO. We put Sandy the pug’s harness on and hopped in the car.

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Slimming World Friendly Pumpkin Spice Coffee

During the Autumn months there’s nothing I like more than a hot drink, and my drink of choice is always a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. There’s something about the delicious spices and whipped cream that epitomise the season for me; if I wasn’t on a diet I could easily drink one every day.

Sadly I am on a diet and as such, I can’t drink one every day. I follow Slimming World so spend a lot of time coming up with ingenious hacks to lower the saturated fat content and ‘syns’ in everything I eat. The other day I came up with a really simple recipe for a Slimming World-friendly  pumpkin spiced-coffee and it was actually really tasty. Today I thought I would share the recipe with you. It’s great if,  like me, you’re following the Slimming World plan but want a tasty and low-syn treat to curb your coffee cravings or even if you’re just trying to save a few extra pounds – those Starbucks PSLs are expensive after all!

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My Neighbourhood In Autumn- A Photo Diary

Now that Autumn is in full-swing and the leaves are beginning to fall, my neighbourhood is looking really lovely. I took a walk with Sandy (the pug puppy we’re dog-sitting for the week) this afternoon and decided to snap a few photos to capture how everything looks right now. After all, there’s no better way to explore and see your own neighbourhood through fresh eyes than with an excited puppy!

For todays Blogtober I thought I’d share some of these Autumnal photos.

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A Mini Homeware Haul and Decorating For Autumn

In my house it’s perpetually Autumn. I take a lot of decor inspiration from the great outdoors and as a fan of British wildlife, have a lot squirrel, fox, pheasant and deer-printed cushions and knick-knacks scattered about. The colour-palette of my living room is very warm featuring shades of brown, rust orange, green and copper.

Each year I like to add a few new pieces to the living room to keep it feeling fresh and interesting. I also dig out last years candles and put away my Spring/Summer scents. Today I thought I’d share a really small (but perfectly formed) Autumn homeware haul and explain how I personally like to decorate for the season.

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Hatching and Raising Button Quail Chicks; My First Experience

If you follow me over on Instagram, you’ll know Gareth and I recently took our first venture in to hatching and raising button quail chicks. (And if you don’t follow me, do so and please make sure to say hi so I know to follow you back! I’m @yasminedaisy)

I have never hatched a bird in an incubator before, although as I keep a large quantity of birds I have experience of my own birds hatching out chicks. For the most part though, you just leave them to it – asides from providing them a nest, some material and maybe some egg crumb, they’ll do the rest.

Anyway, we have a very broody button quail (Sugarpuff) – her and her partner (Popcorn) were adamant on having chicks. Sugarpuff was so dedicated to the cause that she sat on a nest for months. Alas she was only ever able to hatch one chick and it died soon after birth. So we thought we’d step in and give hatching chicks a go ourselves. Here’s how we did it and what we discovered along the way…

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Pumpkin Spice Biscuits Recipe

There’s something about October that makes me want to bake. I’m not quite sure if it’s the need to come up with new, fresh content for Blogtober or all of the Bake Off I’ve been watching but, the drive is there.

Yesterday we spent the day at a pumpkin patch – and I came away positively inspired. I recently discovered that the ‘Pumpkin Spice’ mix that I so adore rarely has any pumpkin in it whatsoever – and is actually just a blend of spices. I wanted to try this spice mix out to see if I could make the flavour I love so much. Putting two and two together I decided to bake some pumpkin spice biscuits! Here’s the recipe…

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Autumnal Wishlist

For todays Blogtober post I thought I’d share a short but sweet Autumn wishlist!

Please note: none of these photos were taken by or belong to me. All photos come from their respective websites.

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Autumn in the Park – Photo Diary

The ground is carpeted thick with leaves, brown and red and orange; curling up and crackling underfoot like flames, licking out at my ankles. Overhead the gentle thwack of feathers as a bright green parakeet takes cover high in the treetops, blending in among the green and yellow. The air is cold and crisp yet the sun shines hotly, filtering through the trees and dappling everything with a warm glow.

Walking through the park at lunchtime is a calming experience, especially now that Autumn has arrived.

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Autumnal Jewellery Haul/Collection

If you have followed my blog for awhile you’ll know that I’m a bit of jewellery addict. I absolutely adore anything fun, quirky and themed – especially if it’s made from acrylic! My brooch collection is now pretty strong and I’m sure I have pieces to wear throughout Valentines Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas! (And all of the little occasions in between.)

Each Autumn I refresh my collection with a few new key pieces. Last year I wrote a post on the pieces I picked up here! Today I thought I’d share the brooches and necklaces I have added to the collection this year.

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Creating Halloween Goody Bags For Trick Or Treaters

Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year. I love any excuse to get dressed up and celebrate, but there’s something about the spooky-season that really appeals to me (probably all of the pumpkins everywhere!)

When I was a kid Trick or Treating wasn’t as big as it is today. I don’t think I ever went Trick or Treating at all – it was just something I read about or saw in the movies. But despite that my family and I always celebrated the day with home-cooked Halloween-themed dinners from my Mumchelle (sausage and mash can easily become fingers and brain…) and funny little games played out in the living room. And every single year without fail my mum would treat me to a couple of those fun Halloween Lucky Dip bags on the walk home from school. Even our local newsagents would get in on the action, with a Halloween display in the shop window. I have fond memories of popping in to buy a bag of crisps and coming away with plastic fangs and bats. I guess nostalgia plays a large part in why I love Halloween so much – it was just such a happy time for me!

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Blythecon 2018

Before I begin todays post I would like to give a bit of background to it – I realise many of my readers have probably never heard of Blythe, let alone Blythecon! Very briefly, Blythe is a doll that was originally created in 1972 by toy company Kenner. Her run was short-lived as children found her big head and haunting expression to be quite off-putting. However she was re-released in 2001 by Japanese toy company Takara. Since then she has become more and more popular and collectable. Today a Blythe doll costs from around £120 pounds and up – with some customs reaching well in to the thousand pound mark. Blythecon is an annual event held around the country (and in various locations worldwide) where collectors and fans can gather to buy handmade outfits and accessories plus custom dolls, take part in competitions and workshops and meet/make friends with similar interests!

This year Blythecon was held in Cecil Sharp House, Camden and the theme for the event was Halloween.

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The Autumn Tag | Blogtober 2018

One of my favourite things about Blogtober (besides celebrating the wonderful season that is Autumn) is reading all the fantastic blog posts floating about. There’s nothing nicer than scrolling through my reader and seeing all this new, fantastic content! I stumbled across Hollie’s Autumn tag the other day and throughly enjoyed reading it. Today I thought I’d give it a go myself!

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A Very Mystical Lucky Dip Club Subscription Box

There’s nothing nicer than coming home from a long day at work to discover a colourful Lucky Dip Club subscription box laying on my doormat – the fun enamel pin and funky matching socks never fail to brighten my day.

As the spooky-season is now upon us I have been eagerly awaiting and anticipating this months box, quietly hoping to myself that it would pay homage to Halloween.

Spoiler alert: it did not disappoint!

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