Ahhh Autumn is here (officially- today is the day, my diary says so); the dark nights are edging their way back, jumpers are permanently attached to us, the leaves have turned golden and there is a chill in the air. There is no doubt about it, this time of year is pretty magical.
The colder months are about wrapping up warm, candles lit, films on the tv, hearty food in the oven and the rain falling outside. What a romanticised image but nonetheless I'm all about it.
September for me always marks a new start, more so than January. I may be well over school age but the start of the year is still September. I also have that nervous excitement, even if I'm not doing anything new. And then you get into your routine and the summer really starts to slope off and you have to find new tasks as you can't sit outside anymore dreaming of BBQs etc. Autumn is my favourite time for being home, relaxing, having family over, for baking and cooking. A and I have worked really hard to get our house winter ready. It felt homely anyway but those few extra touches that make coming home even more comforting and homely.
Our Autumn is a fresh start for us; the new year was hellish, summer was hectic and now I'm taking on everyone's well loved phrase for the next few months, hygge. Autumn is our fresh start to enjoy us, our adventures, our home. It's to take the simple pleasures from life; the cosy nights on the sofa watching television the sea air in winter when you're the only 2 on the beach, dinners out- sitting in corners and just chatting for hours. So we're ready for you Autumn, Winter and I'm aiming to be cosy and content, and you can't really want more than that can you?
Holiday time!! Well work time as well, but how fancy to say I'm mixing business with pleasure and spending a long weekend in Spain. I'm hoping the weather stays sunny and I can feel some proper heat before we get the more Autumnal weather we're all craving for.
But mixing a work trip with a bit of play time is hard. We have 2 evening events- one fancy, one fancy dress, and the rest is up to me. The main problem I've faced when getting all my things out is all the black! EVERYTHING! I'm not about lots of colour but I think I may need to diversify just a little bit more before winter comes.
Alicante essentials: Lightweight PJS [ASOS], Sunglasses [Topshop], Black bikini top [Pour Moi via ASOS], Silver sandles [Office], Perfume [Issey Miyake], Leave In Conditioner [Milkshake]
I say last, it's actually the first and last one of summer for us. It's the only one we've had at our house all summer and I've only been to one other since the sun started shining brighter. I love BBQ's; sitting out (maybe not the wisest right now in wasp season), cheeseburgers and cider or two.
We got lucky and Alex managed to have a day off where it stayed sunny into the evening and we were able to eat outside, sit until until it was dark, wrapped in blankets, listening to music and toasting the end of summer. A few images below, not many as the nights are drawing in and it was pretty dimpsy...
The weather's had some colder days, jumpers are being stocked back in stores and there is a definite hint that the end of summer has come. Autumn is on it's way and in some ways I couldn't be happier. Days curled up indoors as it rains outside, home cooking, the red wine comes back out. Date nights involve the cinema and comfy corners of pubs instead of beer gardens and chasing the sun. Summer hasn't been all that present over the last few months but there have been some good days; I don't mind if you bring October along now.
August has been a month full of exciting things. I can't believe it was a year ago that Alex and I packed our things and made the move back to Devon. A YEAR! It's been a month filled with home things and life exploring that I'm so looking forward to the rest of this year!
:: BOOKING A HOLIDAY ::
A and I booked our very first holiday abroad together! I know, how can you go 7 years without being on a proper holiday I hear you ask, well that's just life. And I have more answers for you here. But a holiday I'm so excited and to be going back to one of my favourite places; Iceland. This trip is all about exploring the new and hoping that A falls in love with the country as much as I did 3 years ago.
:: SAVE THE DATES ::
Our Save the Dates have been designed by my amazing friend and we are so excited to start sending them later this month. People plan their holidays so much nowadays so we are being prepared so that hopefully our nearest and dearest can attend the big day next year.
:: MAXIMO PARK AT BOARDMASTERS ::
It's only taken 8 years but I finally managed to see Maximo Park and oh boy they were worth the wait. One of the best gigs I've been too. I sang so hard and so loud I almost lost my voice by the time we were coming out of the tent. They mentioned they are writing and recording the new album so touring means another trip for me to see them. And can we all please stop and admire how dapper Paul Smith always looks and just how great his dancing is!
:: WINNING A QUIZ ::
Yes my friends I went to a quiz night with family and we only went and bloody won. Let me tell you that that never happens. We were so excited and the prize; prosecco- even better!
:: READING ::
I've got myself in gear and I back into reading again. The one good thing about my commute was that I got to power through so many books but I don't often get the chance now. I think about audio books but there's just something so nice about the feel of a book in your hands. Maybe with the winter months approaching it's time to join the library again.
That's right, we did it. A and I finally booked a holiday abroad. We've had weekends away and time off but never abroad. Cray I know, how can you be together for so long but not go on holiday together? The simple answer is life. We were at university, we were living in an expensive city, we were finding work, we moved back to Devon. Life sprung up and hit us some curve balls and holidays had to take a back seat so we could pay rent, feed ourselves, y'know, the important things.
But now times have changed. We're both in steady work and feel happier than ever. More importantly we feel we can holiday without the enormous pressure of bills, rent etc leading up to and coming back from holiday. Next year we are making it a year of travel; to see where we go and for how long. Something we've missed out on before. My family has already mentioned a trip to New York next May again and who am I to turn down NYC?! But before then, it's mine and A's holiday. I'm returning and A is visiting Iceland for the first time! I know it seems like I visit Iceland and NYC only but I can cope with that until I book a few trips in between ;)
But Iceland and with A; I'm so excited. We're already planning different things to do. Our main thing this time around is the south coast. To see different waterfalls and the black beach. It's just a beautiful country that I can't wait to explore a different side of it. The countdown to November is on. Thermals at the ready, Iceland here we come!