I’ve been meaning to write one of these posts for a while now as I love reading other people’s monthly highlights, but if I’m completely honest I’m just not organised enough to maintain it. I have however decided that I’m going to start doing a little seasonal roundup, which I feel is far more achievable for me! Being a big lover of the changing of the seasons, I think I’m really going to enjoy writing this series.
So this post is dedicated to all of the things I’ve been enjoying over the last few months aswell as my upcoming plans for Autumn. Despite flying by so quickly, this summer has been pretty amazing and I’ve made so many memories that I know I’ll hold onto for a long time. I’m a little sad that it’s over, but I’ve got lots of lovely things that I’m looking forward to this Autumn so I’m sure the blues won’t last too long!
- Chris and I both decided we wanted to do something a little different this year so we booked a holiday to Finland for something a bit more laid back. Spending a few nights in Helsinki (more about that here), followed by 5 days in a remote cabin on the south coast was so perfect and we had lots of fun walking in the forests, wild swimming and BBQing on the beaches.
- Lots of sauna time. We were lucky enough to have our very own sauna in the little Finnish cabin we stayed in and I have to say, it made my week! There was something so hygge about getting in the sauna with a book and a glass of wine after a long day of exploring!
- Celebrating my Dad’s Birthday. It’s not often I get back to see my Dad on his Birthday but this year I managed to squeeze in a trip home just in time. We went out to a beautiful restaurant in the Lakes and devoured 3 very delicious courses along with a few glasses of red. It’s rarely ever just the four of us that go out anymore so it felt quite special to be celebrating again like we would have when we were kids.
- The highlight of this summer has got to be my best friend’s wedding. There’s something so magical about weddings anyway, but when it’s your best friend you’re walking down the aisle, it’s a whole other level of magical! It was such a beautiful day from start to finish but the best part for me had to be getting ready together in the morning. Getting our hair and makeup done with a glass of bubbly and some tunes on took me back to those Saturday nights we spent prepping for nights out as teens!
- On a similar note, something else that the wedding brought me was catching up with old friends. With us living over 3 hours apart now, I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like to so getting to spend a whole day catching up with them at the wedding was pretty special and there were lots of giggles had after the copious amount of prosecco consumed.
- We’ve spent a couple of long weekends down south in Wiltshire this summer with Chris’s family and it’s been lovely. I love going down there and spending some time relaxing in the little village where Chris is from. We also managed to explore a little more this time and had time to wander around Bath and Bristol. As difficult as it is sometimes, it’s definitely nice to have a reason to venture 5 hours away from home!
- One thing I definitely did more of this summer was treat myself. I’m not really a girly girl, and going to salons is pretty foreign to me, but the wedding gave me a good excuse for a little extra tlc. I usually just paint my nails myself but I decided to go and give gels ago and as they were still in tact three weeks later, it’s safe to say I was quite impressed.
- Although I’ve loved going away, a couple of my happiest memories from this summer have involved simply going for an evening stroll to the pub and walking home as the sun is setting. I think that just shows that you don’t need grand plans to have a grand time. Some of the most special moments can be created right on your front doorstep!
‘Summertime is always the best of what might be’ Charles Bowden
‘What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon… And the day after that and the next 30 years?
‘Don’t be so morbid.. Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall’
F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A long weekend in Lisbon. We usually stick to going on holiday in the summer but as we went to Finland this year, and we had limited sunshine, we decided to book a little Autumn weekend away to Portugal to catch a few last rays before winter kicks in. I’m so glad we did as it’s really picked up my spirits having something to look forward to over the last few weeks as the evenings have got darker.
- House renovation. Our plans to hit the DIY hard over summer didn’t quite go to plan as we had limited weekends at home. Now that things are calming down a little we’re hoping to get the master bedroom decorated before Christmas. We’ve even booked a week of annual leave dedicated to DIY (yikes!)
- Family time. I’ve got my mum and sister coming down to stay in November for the weekend and we’ve planned in a little theatre trip. It’s also become a bit of a tradition that we head to Harrogate for a day of shopping and this year we’ll be there just in time for the Christmas Markets.. I might also have to persuade them we should take a trip to Betty’s too for some afternoon tea.
- Probably the most festive thing I’m planning to do this Autumn is pumpkin picking. I’ve been wanting to do this for years and as I’ve found a little farm that’s got a ‘pick your own’ patch nearby, I’ve got that at the top of my Autumn to do list.
- One of my favourite things about this time of year has got to be the festive element. I love a good excuse to celebrate the seasons and I’m already getting excited for bonfire night and Halloween fun. As I work for a fancy dress supplier now, I’m sure Halloween’s going to be a big one this year!
- Embracing some down time is definitely something I’m going to be doing this Autumn. With a few clear weekends in place I’m going to be making the most of all things cosy. I’m talking weekend strolls, slow cooked meals, reading more books and a few chilled evenings in front of the log burner.
- Getting crafty in the run up to xmas. I try this every year without success, but this year I really want to make some little gifts for people at Christmas. Be it chutney, baubles or a Christmas wreath, I’m determined to get my Christmas craft on this year.
- The last thing I really want to do this Autumn is to up my blogging game. I’ve definitely felt like I’ve been in a better flow recently with the ol’ blog and now I’m getting better at managing my time I really want to give my little piece of the internet a bit more love.. watch this space!
What are you looking forward to this Autumn?