Where I’ve Been & September 2017 Favourites
Things have been dead around here this past month (sorry), but I’m back with another favourites post! It’s a little late, but I’ve not had a lot of chance to blog as I didn’t spend a great deal of time at home during September and I’m currently laptopless.
Now I’ve not been off on any grand adventures, but I had a lovely month all the same. I’ve been staying with my best friend and her newborn to help her out with general things around the house and packing everything up ready to join her partner in Spain next month. Spending so much time with such a young baby has been pretty fascinating too. It’s a first for me and getting to witness milestones like her first smiles and attempts at rolling, holding her head up, and cooing, over the past couple of weeks has made my heart melt (though not enough to consider having my own child anytime soon before you get any ideas ). Of course, a newborn also means that we haven’t got out a great deal. I have mad respect for anyone who gets a ton of things done whilst also caring for a newborn, it takes hours to even think about leaving the house!
Keeping a connection with nature is important to me, but that doesn’t have to mean long walks in the countryside. This month it has been altogether more subtle as I’ve paid attention to the incidental nature I come across in an urban environment. Whether that’s through mornings watching the crows and magpies that frequent the back alleys of Plymouth or taking note of the flowers persevering through concrete on walks to the corner shop, there is nature everywhere when you take the time to look.
Autumn has definitely arrived, and unlike a lot of recent years, we’ve been fortunate enough to see a gradual change in the colours here in the southwest. Often it seems like we miss out on fall a little, usually getting hit with a storm early on, putting an end to its beauty before it even has a chance to really start, so I’ve really enjoyed getting a chance to watch the leaves slowly turn this year. Fingers crossed I’m hoping it’ll continue this way for a while yet!
Probably my favourite thing about this time of year because I can’t help but smile when I see them, mushrooms and toadstools always bring up feelings of childhood nostalgia.
As nice as long summer nights are, I’m a big fan of cozy evenings spent curled up with a good book. Which brings me to my next favourite thing this month…
Do Birds Have Knees?
I recently picked up a digital copy of this book by Stephen Moss on my phone. Initially, I grabbed it because the title made me laugh, but I’ve not been disappointed. It’s a fun little nature book to dive into when you’ve got a few moments spare and whilst it’s not the most in-depth book on birds I’ve ever seen, if you want something educational to flip through when you have time to kill it’s perfect. Currently my go-to book when I’m waiting for the train or bus! Why not pick up a copy on Amazon? (Yes, that’s an affiliate link – find out more!)
Oddity Closet’s Curiosity Collection
Last but not least… Some of you already know that I run the brand Oddity Closet, but it’s not something that I talk about on here too often as it’s not usually relevant. That being said, this collection features critters so I feel that definitely warrants a mention. I’m super happy with how they look and I can’t wait to add to this range more in the future. If you’ve got any suggestions for things you’d like to see on them I’d love to hear!
What things have you been loving over the past month?