Autumn Appreciation Post

Piles of golden, rust and burgundy leaves gently gather on the pavement, lining the street with colour as they fall from the trees.

Sunlight filters through branches laden with chestnuts, acorns and conkers and dances in ripples across the floor, illuminating the fallen leaves like sparks of fire. The air is cold and crisp.

It is October and Autumn is in full swing.

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Mushroom Foraging In Autumn

I am an inquisitive person by nature; I am in complete and utter love with the idea of adventure. As a result of this, I am someone who spends a great deal of time exploring places just for the simple pleasure of discovering something.

In my spare time you will often find me outdoors, in a country park, nature reserve or woodlands. As photography is one of my main hobbies, I love to combine my passion for adventure and nature and take lots of photographs of all the weird and wonderful flora and fauna I happen to stumble across on my forays in to the wild.

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October Bucket List

Now Autumn is in full swing I thought it would be a good time to look at all of my goals and aspirations for the month ahead. October is usually a busy month for me, filled with days out and fun events, but this particular October is looking set to be my busiest yet. Here’s my bucket list for the upcoming weeks:

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A Trip To The RSPB Lodge

Gareth and I just recently bought our very first home. Located in St Neots, it’s a little further afield than I am accustomed to and, whilst I feel excited to be moving, I am not without apprehension too. To make the transition a little easier Gareth and I have spent a couple of weekends exploring St Neots and the surrounding areas. Where we currently live I am spoiled by lush green country parks and woodland. I spend a great deal of time walking in these spaces, feeding the deer and spotting nature.

Naturally I am quite sad to wave goodbye to my favourite haunts however there is one major draw to our new location; The Lodge. Situated a town over, the Lodge is the RSPB headquarters. We are RSPB members and always enjoy exploring new reserves so we were very keen to check this one out. Last weekend we collected up my younger brother Ben and my mum and we did just that!

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September Favourites

September has not been a wonderful month, if I’m being honest it’s actually been quite terrible. But as I mentioned in my What Is Blogtober, And Why Am I Taking Part? post, I have been trying my best to make the most of and appreciate the little things. Things like collecting conkers in the park, going for long walks and spending time with my family have helped me through some of the dark days.

I haven’t done a ‘Favourites’ post in months now, and I figured now would be the best time to write one up as it will help me reflect back on the things I have enjoyed. (Which can only be a positive thing, right?)

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Lush Halloween Haul

I love Halloween. Carefully constructing the perfect outfit, decorating the house, carving pumpkins and, of course, the Lush Halloween range all make this season super-exciting for me. So when I found out that the Lush website and the Oxford Street store were getting their Halloween stock a little earlier than usual, I felt so happy at the prospect of kicking off the season with a splash.

General release for this range is October 6th but that said, I work just two tube stops away from Oxford Circus so of course I was going to pop in for some early treats! Not only did the Oxford Street store have the full Halloween range, but it was blessed with the Christmas range too. An exciting time for me but not so much my purse! I did grab stuff from both ranges (of course) but I shall save the Christmas haul for when I’m feeling a little more festive!

Here’s what I got…

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What Is Blogtober, And Why Am I Taking Part?

I can hardly believe it is October already, it seems like just a minute ago it was August and I was walking with my mother, staring up at the tall Horse Chestnut trees and wishing for the conkers to fall! September was a very difficult month for my family and I, but I tried to celebrate and appreciate all of the small things; Autumn months are my favourite after all. I’m really hoping for a positive and fun-filled October so to celebrate this month I’m taking part in a bloggers challenge; Blogtober!

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Four Face Masks For Autumn

As much as I adore Autumn, I will be the first to admit that the weather can wreak havoc with my skin. Hot one minute and cold the next, it can be difficult to reign in the ever-changing skin troubles. During these months I like to up my skincare routine by throwing in some additional face masks. To make this post a little more season-appropriate I have found four of the best face masks for Autumn, all from the latest 7th Heaven range!

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Five Pieces Of (Indie-Produced) Jewellery For Autumn

If you have been following my blog for awhile or know me personally, you’ll know that I absolutely adore fun pieces of independently produced jewellery. I love to accessorise and putting together an outfit is just that little bit more fun when you’re picking out an appropriate brooch or necklace for the occasion at hand.  Today I thought it would be fun to curate a post of Autumn appropriate pieces for the upcoming season!

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Autumn Baking – Golden Syrup and Walnut Cake

I’m not a baker, but I do enjoy a nice slice of cake and greatly appreciate those skilled enough to bake yummy treats. Although I’m a proficient enough cook, my foray in to baking has taken me as far as burning some misshapen biscuits with my mother when I was much younger.

I don’t know if it is the change of season or the fact that I’ve just started watching Great British Bake Off for the first time ever (let’s be honest, it’s probably the latter) but lately I have really had the urge to try my hand at baking.

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Ten Reasons Why I Love Autumn

 

As the leaves slowly begin to turn and fall, the trees become laden with heavy conkers and the nights draw in darker and colder, I couldn’t help but find myself excitedly reflecting on my favourite season. Autumn is upon us. Okay, so it’s not official until the 22nd of September, but we’re practically there and I intend to enjoy every minute of it.

Here’s just a few reasons to love this season.

 

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Guest Post: Bournemouth Air Festival

Last weekend my lovely fiancé Gareth took a trip down to Bournemouth to watch the Air Festival. Sadly I was unable to make this trip due to other plans but I gave him my camera and asked him to capture the weekend for me that way. He has very kindly written a guest post for my blog detailing the event. The following words and images are his own. 

Growing up I always had a fondness for aeroplanes, passed on to me by my parents. As a child, we would often take the dog for a walk around the local airport watching the passenger flights come and go, wondering what far-off destination they were bound for and listening closely to the air traffic control tower on the radio. In addition to this, my dad was heavily involved in the Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Training Corps (which I also joined) and this led us to visiting a number of air-shows in my childhood. I still remember the thrill of visiting RAF Mildenhall for the annual air-show, which was the biggest in Europe at the time but sadly ceased after the fears following September 11th 2001. (more…)

Lucky Dip Club – Un-boxing The August Combo Subscription

I love receiving treats in the post, who doesn’t? A quick peruse of the #HappyMail or #HappyPost hashtags on Instagram will bring up a whole world of contented snail mailers, internet bargain hunters and their treasures.

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know how much I enjoyed receiving my Lucky Dip Club subscription box in the post each and every month.

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A Mini Break To Bourton-on-the-Water & Stratford Upon Avon

Nestled in the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in Gloucestershire that is well known for its outstanding beauty. Before we paid this slice of heaven a visit, I honestly had not heard of it (or thought of it as a mini-break kind of destination) but Gareth had been when he was younger, had many fond memories and wanted to go back. And so, we did!

On Saturday 12th August we got in our car and made the three hour trip, blessed with sunshine and blue skies.

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A Trip To Birdland

On the 12th of August (a Saturday), Gareth and I decided to travel up to Bourton-on-the- Water and stay in nearby Cheltenham for the weekend. After everything that’s been going on lately a mini-break was most welcome. Luckily we had some Tesco vouchers to spend on booking a nice little hotel room for the night and some left over for a day trip to Birdland and a meal at Zizzis – result!

In this post I’m going to talk about our trip to Birdland, but keep your eyes peeled for posts on Bourton-on-the-Water and what we got up to over the weekend!

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