The Silk Inside A Chestnut Shell

So…the whole idea to just keep writing really didn’t get me very far but here I am again. These past few days I’ve really started to feel the first chills of autumn in the air and I always find myself thinking of my BFF Jane and her well documented love of the season.  For years I have struggled with her reasoning; I am a summer girl through and through, all about the heat and the long, long days. As soon as it starts to get cold, I seem to enter hibernation mode and all I want to do is hunker down and never leave the house. However, in somewhat of an ode to Jane, and in an attempt to not feel so miserable as the days draw in, I thought I make a list of my top 10 awesome things about Autumn.

1. New Stationery 

I’ve not been at school for a number of years but when September rolls around, I find myself searching for a reason to buy  a new notepad, pen or ringbinder. The smell of a new pencil case holds a lot of promise. I quite like this one: 

Naural linen hand printed soaring swallows birds zipped purse pouch pencil case from JeanieDeans at Etsy.

2. Boots

As much as I love the ease of throwing on a summer dress and flip-flops, there is something fantastic about pulling on a snug pair of socks and a good pair of boots and having a stomp!
I love these from Timberland:

Women’s Earthkeepers Shoreham Low Boot

3. New Season= New Wardrobe
A new season means new styles, new colours, shapes and fabrics- generally a million reasons to go shopping.

4. TV Gets Interesting Again 

Although it seems to get earlier and earlier each year, you know that as soon as Strictly Come Dancing, Downton Abbey and Dr Who are back on screens it’s the end of summer and Christmas will be here before you know it.

5. Getting Warm Again After You’ve Been Really Cold 

Walking into a nice warm house, a long hot bath, a steaming mug of tea, a roaring log fire…Toasty!

6. Hot Chocolate

With marshmallows! The perfect treat when it’s starting to get chilly out.

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7. Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Mittens

Generally any knitted item that helps keep you warm. Definitely awesome.

8. Changing Nature

Perhaps, the best thing about Autumn is the change of the season itself. Frosty mornings, clear skies, beautiful golden leaves, migrating birds… Check out this fantastic guide from the BBC’s Autumn watch for Autumnal activities near you.

And take a look at the Forestry Commission’s guide to Autumn colours across England.

9. Long, Blustery Walks

The kind where the wind blows and makes your cheeks rosy, where you’re boiling hot from walking so fast whilst wearing so many clothes, your whole body feels alive as you breathe in the great gusts of fresh air…hopefully you have on a good pair of boots (see item 2) and preferably a dog, and you feel satisfyingly tired when you get home.

10.Bonfire Night

To me, this is the end of Autumn and the start of Winter. Wrapping up warm, walking in the dark to watch the fireworks, with the smell of smoke hanging in the air, sparklers, drinking mulled wine…I love it!

And most awesome of all…The Feeling Of A Fresh Start

More so than New Year’s, the 1st of September always gives me the feeling of a new beginning. I think that it’s the wind-down from the Summer, the back-to-school feeling and the physical changes of the season. I think I’ll start setting September resolutions from now on…maybe I’ll be more likely to keep them!

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We’ve Only Just Begun…

Finally after much deliberation I have decided that the best way for me to start my blog, is just to start writing, so here goes. At the moment, this is intended to be a place to share with you my day-to-day adventures as I muddle through life, that may change as I start to write but for now let’s start with what I’ve been up to lately…

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with my lovely Nan at Champney’s Spa, Henlow Grange.

As you can see she is still totally rocking it at 75 years of age and we had such a fantastic time! It was her birthday on the Friday and despite being at a ‘health spa’ we still managed to have  some champagne!

I’d actually only been on my first ever spa break to this very same place earlier this year. This was as a surprise for my friend Erin’s hen night and it was brilliant to see her face as we pulled up outside the beautiful house: 

Each guest is provided with a pair of Champney’s flip-flops and a big fluffy white robe, with the intention being that they can spend the entire weekend wearing them and not having to worry about changing into real clothes at any point. Nearly everyone chose to do this and found it very relaxing but I’m still not sure about this concept; I am a HUGE fan of pyjamas, if it were possible they would probably be my number one clothing choice on most occasions, however a small, very British part of me (the part of me that would very much like to be living in Downton Abbey circa 1912) still likes the concept of ‘dressing for dinner’ and it felt quite strange to be sat around in public and eating meals whilst wearing just a robe.

The treatments I had were absolutely brilliant. My particular favourite is the back, neck and shoulder massage. Spending all day long sat a desk in front of computer means I carry all my tension around in my shoulders and so it is sheer bliss to have someone work out all of those knots – I could feel my shoulders physically move back down from around my ears to somewhere nearer to where they belong!  It’s also a nice chance to switch off your mind and simply focus on the feeling of the massage and the music in the background.

I have been totally converted and know exactly what treatment I’ll be having when I head back to Champney’s for my third trip this year in November! In the meantime, I’m seriously considering finding a local masseuse to keep my shoulders in check. I know it’s a costly treatment but I think that the benefits of relaxation for both the body and mind are worth every penny.

This isn’t quite what I imagined my first blog post being about, but there you go. As I said, the plan is to keep writing and see how things turn out. As with life, I’m sure I’ll find some direction somewhere!

Until next time,

V x