5 things I’m loving in October

How’s your October going? It’s an interesting one. Right? But it’s everyone’s favourite season so let’s take a leaf out of Winnie the Pooh’s book and think about the fun things about October.

1 Leaping into leaves

“It’s autumn” says Winnie the Pooh, “a time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and best of all, leaping into leaves”

In North Wales right now, we’re not allowed too far from home, but autumn trees and crunchy leaves are everywhere right? Jump away. It’s the most joyous October thing.

So my favourite leaf leaping spot is Bodnant Garden. And believe me when I tell you the leaves are completely stunning.

2 Stairway Art

If you’ve been watching stories you’ll know we’ve been updating our little stair area. We’re in a 120 year old tramway man’s cottage on the side of the Great Orme, Llandudno. Our stairway is part of the cottage kitchen and it’s overdue a carpet update which in turn led to a picture frames update. We chose Falmouth Distressed Wood Effect picture frames from PF&A with soft cream mounts for the wall up our stairs. They’re described as “shabby chic” if that’s even a thing anymore? Our kitchen units are limed oak so it’s all matches lovely. I’ve filled them with Janet Bell prints and a happy photo of the place we always go on holiday.

3 Owl, Squirrel & Robin

We have a naughty squirrel in our garden who scoffs all the bird food. We have a friendly Robin who comes to the kitchen window to ask for his breakfast. And we have a mysterious Tawny Owl – who we’ve never actually seen – living in the woods behind our cottage who hoots and toots at bedtime.

So it seems appropriate to bring these wonderful little creatures into our home. Sarah & Ruth at Folded Forest handprint the most delightful things in their West Yorkshire Studio. Prints on paper and wood, cards & stationery, and homewares.

We chose the Screenprinted Birch Ply prints for our kitchen panelling. Owl is available on the website along with Beetle, Sleeping Hare, Sleeping Fox, Beaver, Leaping Hare, Badger and Hermit Crab. We ordered Squirrel and Robin in a seconds sale. Poor Sarah had to dig through the archives to find Robin for us. But he’s perfect. With his garden friends.

Go follow them. Their instagram is just lovely.

4 Ness is back

I have a thing for tartan and a sizeable collection of Ness of Scotland bags. Probably too many. But who’s counting? After a long worrying silence over lockdown, when I feared my favourite handbag brand might be no more, I have excellent news. They’re back. And I couldn’t be happier.

So I’ve treated myself to a new purse. Yes a tartan one. Of course. I’ve decided that in this new covid age, large purses are no longer needed. And take up far too much space in my handbag. So I’m downsizing to the Clancy Purse in Tapestry Crush.

You can now find Ness of Scotland as part of the Kiltane Group. And the great news is that if you sign up to their newsletter, you’ll get a huge 25% off your first online order.

Go shop.

5 Read or listen?

I’ll be honest. This one gives me a bit of dilemma. I love books. The idea of books, the feel of books, the smell of books. But I also love the spoken word, a book at bedtime, a book at anytime.

At the moment Audible is winning. I may have a reached Scholar level. My average is 30 hours a month and I’ve acquired 9 badges including Weekend Warrior and Marathoner. I know. It’s awesome.

Currently in my Wish List are John Grisham’s latest offering A Time for Mercy, I Let you Go by Clare Mackintosh, and everything by Joy Ellis.

What are you loving about October? I’d love to hear.

That’s all for now

Judith xx

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