Monday, 31 October 2011

The Month of October

Twin and The Blessings came to stay for their first sleepover. We had a bbq, a hose shower down in the garden, not what we'd expected in October.
Our lovely new sofas arrived. They are wonderful to sink into these autumn nights.
Deciding that having a swimming pool less than 10 minutes walk away we really should use it. Enormous respect to Verity, and any other long distance swimmers. How do you do it?
Another family filled weekend. Including house guests of Warmth's brother and wife whilst they're inbetween homes.
Meeting a friend and visiting an Orla Kiely sale. One bag and one bath mat purchased.
Working out that as another weekend of having friends to stay drew close that since we've been in our new home we've entertained every weekend, bar one. And that was when we took the Blessings out. There shall be no entertaining in November.
Finished planting my first bulbs. Eagerly awaiting, and hoping, their splendour.
Meeting a dear friend for afternoon tea and catch up at The Botanist.
A wonderful mooch in Blackheath. The Bookshop on the Heath has a fantastic selection of affordable second hand books (two Viragos bought. One being The Third Miss Symons by F.M.Mayor. I've been wanting to read this since reading one of your reviews.) I look forward to delving further into the rows of books for special present books.
Off to Berlin. What an assault on history. Ancient civilizations at The Pergammon. Regal Prussian living at Schloss Charlottenburg and that's before you've even arrrived in the twentieth century.
New bedroom furniture arrived. Oh how we love it. Oh how many more clothes I have than Warmth. Enjoying thing about how to arrange my dressing table.
Supper at dear friends who have just moved in this week. Lots of new home talk & excitement.

Read Breakfast at Tiffany's and watched the film for Florence Finds Book Club. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin on Mum's recommendation. Snowdrops by A.D. Miller for Book Club. The Third Miss Symons by F.M. Mayor.
Baked my first cheesecake - Hummingbird Summer Cheese Cake and Berry muffins. Loved the cheesecake so much that I baked it again the next weekend. First roast in our new home. A Julia Child's inspired supper. French onion soup, boeuf bourginon and tarte au citron. The latter was also insired by GBBO.
How was your October?


  1. A lovely month it sounds, if busy! I made my first cheesecake only a little while ago. The thing with swimming is just to keep at it and build up slowly... Where did you get your bedroom furniture? Mr W's things are in boxes still - we need more bedroom furniture!

  2. Verity Good advice. We're just going once a week at the moment, and am ashamed at how few lengths we swim but we do aim to build that up & it will be slow. Bedroom furniture from Oak Furniture Land. They're mainly online but are opening showrooms as realise people want to see the wood! We went to one in Thurrock so not your side of London at all.

  3. Mine? Super-duper, thanks. Apart from all the existential questioning, that is. Who are we? We are we here? Arrrrgh. Although a bit of that every now and then's healthy, no?

    Arranging your dressing table sounds delectable.

  4. Mmmm, life.... but nothing like a French Inspired supper. Sounds delish!

  5. Sounds like a pretty good October to me! My history with making cheesecake is pretty hit and miss. I need a good recipe!

  6. Laura - Thank you and yes arranging a dressing table is most delectable!
    Tamara - Hmmm perhaps I should re do the French supper for Paris in July.
    Nicola - I was worried the cheesecake would leak so it was cooked for family first in case of disaster.


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