20 reasons why I’ll be embracing Autumn this year

Autumn is a funny season. If I look at my Instagram feed it’s all cosy orange hues, indulgent hot chocolates and pumpkins. If I look out of the window more often than not it’s raining or dark and rather than being a range of pretty colours the leaves on the trees just look dead. I never really used to notice the autumn. It just used to be the gap between the August bank holiday and the countdown to Christmas which seemed to disappear quickly. However, as I tend to lose August and September in a blur of work I now take a bit more notice and I’m trying to be more positive about the season.

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My Travel Diaries: Travel Chapters so far…

Recently I’ve started listening The Travel Diaries podcast by Holly Rubenstein and I’ve really been enjoying it. Each episode is an interview with a different person and follows the same format, going through the different chapters of the ‘travel diaries’ of their lives so far. As well as providing tips and an interesting insight into lots of new places, I find it fascinating how differently people approach travel but also how many similarities there are. I think almost every episode I’ve listened to has recommended India and the vibrancy that the country has. There’s also been a fair share of people embarrassed about one of the places they’ve mentioned because it feels too ‘mainstream’ or won’t be a good enough answer. But even with a whole world to explore it’s natural that we’ll take some comfort in familiarity.

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Circular Walks close to Bristol

The biggest change of lockdown for me was when we were suddenly allowed outside more than once a day for exercise, and were able to travel to get there. This opened up a huge range of different possibilities for going out walking and has meant that I’ve been able to go out and explore much more of our wider locality. James and I love walking and ever since we came back from New Zealand we’ve said we’ll do more walking at the weekends. However with one thing or another we’ve never quite done as much as we’d thought we might. With visits to other people (or them to us) off the cards and being able to get chores like washing fitted in around working from home, there’s never been a better time for us to get out and explore. Here’s a short selection of some of my favourite walks we’ve…

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A few thoughts on the ‘new normal’

Whilst we were still in the first few weeks of lock-down, back in April I wrote a blog post sharing some of my thoughts and feelings about it all. It’s really funny going back and reading that now as all the restrictions are being lifted and we’re in a phase that is repetitively being referred to as the ‘new normal’. Back when I wrote that post, all I wanted was for everything to return to normality as soon as possible so that we could all get on with our lives. Now that that is what’s happening, I can’t help but feel a little bit conflicted and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

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The Spicery Curry Legend Kit Review

If you’ve read some of my posts on lockdown then you’ve probably come across me referring to our Spicery Curry Legend Kit. I’ve said for some time now that I should probably write a full review, so I’ve finally gotten round to it (and enjoyed eating a few more curries in the meantime!).

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