All Hallows eve

Its the end of October Autumn is in full pelt, Winter is coming and the witches are out! The Halloween decorations have been popping up around here since the start of the month. I figured as they were coming out so early by the last week of October I wouldn’t be able to move for the pumpkins, broomsticks and fake spider webs. But alas it hasn’t got much more spectacular. I’ll check out this evening where hopefully it will all come together for some serious celebration!

There seems to be a slight obsession with pumpkins, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! – I don’t get it, maybe it wards of the evil spirits, but I am planning to find and try some pumpkin pie this weekend. Dressing your pets up as pumpkins, and other Halloweeny things – seriously, might try and put something on the cats! Pumpkin carving, you can see our efforts below! And s’mores… looking forward to finding out what they are! Halloween is also my lovely sisters birthday, yes she is a witch, ha! Happy birthday sister!!! Enjoy your witches hats, bubbling cauldrons and pumpkins! And give a thought to all your loved ones

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Rainy days

This weekend Autumn has well and truly arrived. Its been chilly in the mornings and evenings, but the weekend started off wet and horrid -a stay indoors kind of day. This was actually quite welcome so we could have a weekend mooching around. Its been nice to sit and play games, have a tidy up, play with the cats and do some baking. We both decided fudge was a good bake for a rainy day, along with some profiteroles and bread and soup. We also got to test out our new waffle iron for breakfast and now the house smells of bacon and maple syrup.

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Having hibernated and eaten wayyyyy to much sugar, we figured we should actually leave the house and go for a walk in the fresh air, and keep an eye out for sloes, which seem to be non-existent here. We’ve just got back from a lovely walk around Fernwood arboretum where the trees are in full colour and there are lots of sculptures to look at and to take interesting photos. We are missing popping into a good ole English pub forย  A roasty so we are going to make one, but trying out an American meatloaf recipe…. mostly because we have yet to find any joints of lamb anywhere!!! I really want some lamb! and some sloes!

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The good bits #1

wpid-eg_20150323125026927.jpgI cant believe Ive already been out here for over a month!!! still feels like yesterday I was at work, wondering around London and kayaking! The lifestyle here is very very different and I’m still adjusting to it. But some of the exciting things that Ive enjoyed are; exploring! every week I’ve been researching into places to visit, mostly cake themed, road trips and orientated around food, but I’m also looking forward to popping into some of the museums, the local music scene and Halloween events. Its been great to have some extra time to rebalance life and work. Having a little extra sunshine has also been pretty nice, along with paddle boarding and taking up Latin dance classes! I miss funny little British things, like driving on the left side of the road! Blackberry picking, sloe gin and playing hockey on astroturf! October should bring lots of pretty fall pictures, my first American football game – anyone know the rules? some cultural activities and more trips further afield.

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