October was momentous for several reasons. I finally got rid of the last packing box. I finally visited Frome Independent market (which is wonderful and very much worth going). I finally found an old vintage style cabinet for the bathroom. All these things have been on my ‘to do’ list for an entire year. I sorted the china and even painted a table, which I am sure was on an intention in July. Hurrah for October and I finally got a hair cut.
I am sharing very bad selfie photos in taken poor light. To give an idea. Before; far too much hair (v.bad hair day). After; slightly worried but less hair.
Due to the hair cut I am currently obsessed with finding hair product nirvana. When you tuck your hair back and out-of-the-way, a multitude of sins are ignored. OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo and Conditioner was recommended by Caroline Hirons. Shampoo is just the start, curl creme, wave enhancing spray, hair oil – I’m on a research and purchase mission, I’m even ! Any recommendations products that suit thick but fine, wavy/curly hair, gratefully received.
I did the things I intended to do at the start of the month. The blog was five. We walked in full autumn colour. Photographing and writing around it was a joy I’ve not found in blogging in a while. Note to self: do more of that.
On a sunny trip to Wells over half term I was given two books. I love Wells, it has a relaxing pace, even on busy market days. There is great Woman’s Hour in glowing terms, the man behind the counter in the bookshop described the writing as ‘sumptious’. I was sold. I’ve taken to dark night bedtime (which is early) for reading time, wrapped in my big green scarf.. The cathedral is a marvel, stepping inside gives a sense of place in time, it was built in the 12th century, entering you can almost feel the ages flick back behind you like index cards. I try to imagine all the many feet on the worn floors. In a technologically filled world where almost anything feels possible, I am awed by the scale and build. In Wells, the Mr. bought me two books. I was aimlessly wandering a bookshop moaning that I needed a book, my head is very cluttered at present, I need something to focus on, an alternative to the noise. Marilynne Robinson was discussed on
I am embarking on a small project to make the house more sustainable, environmentally friendly. It’s something that is really important to me and I’m really excited about sharing more about it here on the blog. I hope to say more in November, at the moment, I’m thinking more plants and curtains to keep the heat in, cardigans and warm clothing instead flicking the heating on.
My Dad visited in October bringing 3 boxes of home grown apples, cooking with apples in my November project, crumbles, muffins, pies.
CHRISTMAS!! There I said it. This is my opinion on Christmas; it must not start too early. Christmas displays in September make me want to kick them over. There is no festivity in Christmas in September. Christmas in December is like a hot coal, it must be handled with care, left too late it cools and with it enthusiasm. In my book, there is nothing worse than late Xmas shopping, the palpable anxiety, the crowds, relentless “I wish it could be Christmas every day” on a loop. Chilling. Catch Christmas hot and warming. There is a fine balance. December’s Christmas coals are kept hot by saving December for Christmas activities, parties, plays, carols, mulled wine, sherry, christmas trees. Those are hot coals to warm even scrooge’s cold heart. November is about stoking the coals, shopping, organising, lists. Get in before the crowds and fully enjoy Christmas in December. The silver book is my book of Christmas lists. It has begun…….
Goodness, next stop December!