Friday, 22 September 2017

Dating in Autumn

 Whether it's for romance or to reconnect with your spouse, date nights are important for a happy and successful marriage. Now don't get me wrong, date nights don't have to be the same as when you were 'courting'; you don't have to get dolled up and go to a fancy restaurant (although you can if you like), but there are a myriad of ways you can spend some quality time together... and there's no better time than now.

1 | Take Walks - the palette of colours that can be enjoyed in the great outdoors during autumn is spectacular, especially on a crisp, sunny day. From golden fallen leaves to green flora, bright blue skies to deep hues of red and russet from the trees, a hand-in-hand stroll with your husband, or wife, amongst autumnal scenery is one of my absolute favourite ways to spend an afternoon. You could even make a day of it and take a picnic to enjoy when you find a pretty spot (don't forget the champagne).

2 | Fire-side Stargazing - a pretty special and extremely inexpensive date, stargazing is great because it's perfect whether you've been together for 50 years or 5 weeks! Head out into the back garden, light a fire to keep warm, take loads of cosy blankets and a cup of hot chocolate (or bottle of wine) and see which constellations you can spot. If you live in a city, it'd probably be advisable to hop in the car and drive further out (20 minutes outside of the city should do it) to somewhere with less light pollution, for some truly amazing stargazing.

3 | Movie Night - spending the evening in each other's arms watching one other's favourite films is a great way to spend the evening, as well as learning more about your significant other (their favourite film is a great insight); light some candles, close the curtains, make some popcorn and snuggle down on the sofa under a blanket... it'll be all the better if the wind is howling and the raining pouring down outside :)

4 | Discover a Local Festival - as it's the traditional time for harvesting summer crops, the autumnal calendar is filled with food and drink festivals, many of which are free or very inexpensive to attend, making them a great day out for you and your bae, especially if you're a bit of a foodie like me.

5 | Cook Together - whether it's a fruity pie or a hearty soup, cooking together is a great way to spend quality time with your spouse. Obviously, cooking dinner for the family can be quite stressful so I'm not suggesting you try and make cooking a meal at the end of a long and stressful day fun, cuz we all know that's never gonna happen. However, joining forces to make and bake a pie to eat after your Sunday roast, or as a treat while watching movies with the family on a Saturday night, is a great way to spend an afternoon in one another's company.

This post first appeared on Kelly's blog last year in celebration of her wedding;
happy almost one-year anniversary, beautiful lady! 


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Transforming Our Front Garden

I'm thrilled to be back today, linking up with the #HomeEtc ladies; I used to love taking part in this link-up and have to confess, I have missed it during my unplanned hiatus of the past few months. Today I'm here to share our front garden transformation, the outcome of which I'm thrilled with...

As regular readers know, Hubs and I purchased a new build home almost two years ago (say what?!) and new builds, while being pretty, clean and blank inside, are also pretty bland outside (you can see our back garden transformation here). Our front garden was uninspiring to say the least...
Admittedly we hadn't cared for it in the way we probably should; all we'd done was keep the turf to an acceptable length, but the plants had been allowed to grow wild and a number of weeds had established themselves, including a pretty impressive doc leaf!

However, after a couple of Saturdays, approximately £150 and a lot of elbow grease from Tom, it has been transformed into something low maintenance and pleasing on the eye, giving our little home what we consider to be much-needed curb appeal...

Tom started by digging out all the plants and lifting the turf to leave a blank canvas...

Then he lay some weed-blocking membrane, which was covered with our choice of stones...
As transformations go, it was super easy but, once completed, provided a great impact.

As you can see, he's pretty proud of his hard work!

As our house is the first in a cul-de-sac, it's adjoined to a corner plot, so it was nice that our makeover happened to coincide with next door replacing their turf and wild plants with complementary stones and astroturf, for a year-round luscious lawn...
I think both front garden's look amazing. I still want to get some more pots, but will more than likely pot them up with spring bulbs in late Oct/early November.

Home Etc
Happy Tuesday!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Yes, I am still alive

Do not adjust your screens, yes you really are seeing a post from me, the first in four months.
I'm not dead, nor am I ill; there have, however, been some major life-changing things going on in my life over the last four months that I've not been able to share, the most major of which I still don't feel ready to share but, fingers crossed, I can tell you all about it over the next few weeks.

In the meantime I thought I'd do a quick update post; four months is a whole chunk of time to miss, so here's what I've been up to since the beginning of May:

Izzy came to stay while my parents followed in Elvis' footsteps in America...

At the end of May we headed down to Dorset (Poole, Bournemouth and Brownsea Island) for a little holiday...

Before my bestie got hitched in the most beautiful setting...


We went to another wedding in mid-June on the most gorgeous summer's day - the bride and groom could not have wished for better weather...

I've had plenty of flowers from the garden this summer (although many are beginning to look long past their best now)...

We finally got around to redoing our front garden (more detailed post coming soon)...

And this past long weekend, we finally got around to painting some rooms in our home, only two years after we moved in! I'll share the finished product with you soon, along with a whole host of other posts that have been marinating in my head for the past four months. I've had a lovely but unintended break from blogging, but I'm back!

Have a great weekend!