My Autumn Bucket List

October 8, 2019Hels

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”
― Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

The leaves are turning gorgeous shades of red and orange, the days are getting shorter and colder and wherever you look, there are pumpkins. 

I thought I’d share a few things on my autumn bucket list…

 

Autumn reads

I always feel like I want to read even more thrillers than usual when it’s autumn – there’s something about those dark evenings with rain beating down that makes me reach for a thriller. There are a few thrillers out at the moment that I want to get through this season…

Lies Lies Lies (Adele Parks)

What’s it about? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three.

And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

House of Straw (Marc Scott)

What’s it about? Traumatised by the tragic death of her twin brother, Brianna falls into a state of deep depression, isolating herself from the world and all those that care about her. When a twist of fate reveals that she has a half-sister she finds a new purpose in her life and sets out to find her sibling, desperately hoping she can fill the void left in her world.

Watch Me (Angela Clarke)

What’s it about? The body of a 15-year-old is found hours after she sends a desperate message to her friends. It looks like suicide, until a second girl disappears. This time, the message is sent directly to the Metropolitan Police – and an officer’s younger sister is missing.

DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton will stop at nothing to find her. But whoever’s behind the notes is playing a deadly game of hide and seek – and the clock is ticking.

Here to Stay (Mark Edwards)

What’s it about? Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for. The Robinsons arrive, and Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth?

 

Out and about in autumn

I’m finding that I’m getting a little slower as bump is growing, which can be frustrating as Dougie seems to be getting more energetic by the day, and I feel awful when I can’t keep up with him or slow him down. He goes to nursery every morning (which fortunately tires him out pretty well!) but I love planning things for us to do in the afternoons, and although the weather has been pretty miserable, I want to spend as much time outdoors as possible…

Pumpkin picking

I’m cheating slightly by adding this as I can already tick it off the list, but I just wanted to share the photos! I’ve never been to a pumpkin patch before but I really wanted to take Dougie. We went to Garsons Farm last weekend, Dougie wasn’t quite as taken with it as I’d hoped – he spent the first five minutes or so running around shouting “PUMPKINS!” but then decided they were too muddy and heavy and so decided to just wander off into the distance and find some puddles to jump in instead… BUT it was still a fun way to spend an afternoon!

 

Collecting conkers

This is something Dougie has been enjoying. I’d picked up a few conkers to put on the windowsill and Dougie was very taken with them. He’s asked a couple of times if we can go and get more conkers, so that’s definitely an afternoon activity for us – obviously followed by a babycinno and hot chocolate.

Woodland walks

An obvious one, but there is nothing quite like walking through the woods or a park on a crisp, autumnal day. We’re lucky enough to live near Richmond Park, which has wild deer roaming around (and autumn is the best time to see them) and the colours in the park are absolutely beautiful. I want to make sure we walk/cycle/waddle around Richmond Park at least once this autumn!

Autumn baking

I’ve been having an absolute whale of a time adding little autumn touches to our home, and I’ve got a post planned about all of these. While I love being outside in autumn, sometimes the weather/grumpy toddler means it’s not always possible, but there are so many things you can do inside, and now we finally have a lovely kitchen I can actually do some baking! Dougie actually really enjoys baking (well, he enjoys eating what I’ve baked) so I’m hoping to channel my inner GBBO and make some yummy things this autumn…

 

Are you an autumn-lover? Do you have any seasonal plans or traditions?

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