Category: Autumn

Autumn in the Garden

One of my New Years Resolutions for this year was to spend more time in the garden, now that we actually have a proper one, complete with real grass and everything.

Our garden back in Brentwood was very, very small – a tiny pen filled with rocks. Even so, I would still sit out on the step, and I still planted bulbs in what little dirt we had. The garden is the thing I appreciate having the most in SNO – and I definitely spent a lot of time in it this year. Now that it’s Autumn it looks even more beautiful than it did back in the summer, thanks to the riot of colour and all of the local wildlife flocking back.

Today I thought I would share some images and updates.

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October in Images

The weeks are really whizzing past – how are we already ten days in to November?!

You may have noticed that I gave up the Blogtober challenge at day 23. This wasn’t the easiest decision for me to have made but I did so for my own mental health (and quality of blog content.) Whilst I really did enjoy October it was not without its struggles.

Mentally, the past few months have been really tough for me. It’s not always easy to sit down and write something so positive and upbeat about your day – especially when there were bits of it that were so far removed from positive and upbeat that it almost feels like fraud to leave them out. Predominantly this blog is for me – it’s the place I come to spill out my thoughts, capture my memories and upload all my photographs (of which there are far too many.) But I’m not stupid enough to think that no one pays it any attention (because my stats show me otherwise.) And it’s because of that that I sometimes feel a pressure to keep things lighthearted and free from the drama of real life. Long story short, Blogtober flopped because I wasn’t feeling great – sorry guys!

Today I thought I’d share a few highlights from October (despite the wobbles I had) as I’m temporarily in the right headspace to do so (yay for mood swings!)

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Autumn Bucket List / Plans For The Upcoming Month

October is nearly over, and with it another year of Autumnal memories made. It flew by in a haze of woodland walks, pumpkin picking, bubble baths and bedtime reading. Despite my sadness at how this month and last just whizzed by, I’m really excited for the last couple of weeks and November – I still have a few fun Autumnal events planned and things to cross off my seasonal bucket list!

For todays Blogtober post I thought I’d share a few things I’m looking forward to.

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My Favourite Autumn Activities

Autumn months are for living slowly; for taking your time over a hot drink and a great book, for watching films in the dark, snuggled up under a blanket whilst candles flicker in the background. There’s no sunshine and sweltering hot days to make you feel uncomfortable and guilty for staying in doors, no urgent or societal need to get out and enjoy some crammed beach or sweat over a BBQ. September through to November you’ll find me cosy and content, enjoying the little things.

For todays Blogtober post I thought I’d share with you a few of the Autumn activities I enjoy most of all.

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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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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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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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