Saying goodbye to Autumn and hello to winter!
Saying au revoir to autumn only means 1 thing, Christmas is coming!! The time of year to truly indulge, be merry and spend time with those you hold close to your heart… and I can happily say this since I am not working Christmas day this year! Whoop! Christmas day is my absolute favourite day of the year hands down. If I could get away with being that guy who does Christmas every day then I so would. One of my favourite things about this time of year is how early it gets dark. Getting in dog walks as the sun sets is just the best.
Since the clocks have gone back there seems to have been a substantial temperature drop making it feel proper wintery. Not that I am complaining. I’d much rather have a crisp frosty day than a muggy dull rainy one. Usually, living right on the coast, it doesn’t tend to get too frosty until January or February, maybe it’s all the salty sea air? Anyway, this drop in temperature has really brought on the festive feels for me. Autumn is all about cosy jumpers, boots and scarves but the winter is when the real accessories kick in. Mittens, bobble hats, knee socks and big winter coats. To be all bundled up already in November has been awesome!
September through to November feel like they have been really productive months yet have absolutely nothing to show for them. Throwing a surprise 30th party for my sister and my camera battery dies, Watching the NFL at Twickenham and only taking photos of the food trucks – standard! I only managed 1 of my planned autumn foodie blog posts. Made some pup-cakes for my Frenchies birthday and the fat Labrador ate them before I could decorate and photograph them. Getting excited that I had my bedroom feature wall finally wall papered, and I have zero shelves to go up so nothing to photograph – hey blank brick wall! Big fat fails all round for me blog wise. I am at least determined to upload this one while it’s still November.
One success though…. these awesome Halloween waffles!! As simple as adding some purple food colouring to the waffle batter and adding some of last years Halloween sprinkles. Although the cooked edges crisped up the usual orange colour I’m pretty chuffed with how they came out. Of course my wonderful husband was in charge of the waffle iron or else they would have come out a ghoulish shade of charcoal. Still Halloweeny however slightly less edible.
My final highlight of November is Bonfire night and, as luck would have it, I was off work so me and the family went to an amazing firework event hosted by a local beach cafe. It was so cold, so packed and so much fun. Again I only managed to get a few snaps of the fireworks before my fingers went numb. I had all the layers on but the only thing that kept me warm was the amazing gin distillery truck there. Mmmmmm bonfire gin and tonics.