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Berrington Hall 

Hey guys! 

Hope you’re well and are all prepared for the approach of November. Today was the start of my half term week off and I spent it with my lovely daddy. We visited Berrington Hall, just outside Leominster, Herefordshire. It’s such a rarity to be able to have a day out with just my dad so I was really excited. We have a mutual passion for history and gardens so this stately home was right up our street. It was a beautiful sunny day too. 


This mansion is really rather impressive. It’s Neo-Classical in design and sat amongst beautiful landscape grounds. This Georgian mansion boats of some incredible features, my favourite being the decorative ceilings (Biaggio Rebecca) and the use of marble. The interiors are the inspiration of Henry Holland yet the home belonged to the Harley, Rodney and Cawley families. 


The garden and landscape are the final design of Capability Brown. There’s a beautiful, tranquil lake at the end of the park too. We walked all the way round and tried to spot the otter that lives there (with no such luck!)


I feel like I use the same words to describe my thoughts, feelings and reactions. I fear I’m becoming repetitive but there really is something special about this place. The property and land were given to the trust in near perfect condition; a rarity for them! I found myself being quite quiet today, taking it all in, imagining the lives and experiences of those who have lived there. 


I’m sure you’ll agree that this place is just divine. It always amazes me what tests of time these places face. It’s been standing here since 1778. Imagine the comings and goings, the changes and challenges. Incredible. 


Happy Halloween and big love!

Xx 

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Autumn


Hi everyone! 

Hope you’re all well and enjoying the changeable autumnal weather. I love this time of year. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but there really is something special about getting all wrapped up, big thick scarves and watching the leaves change and fall. 


I find this time of year the most poetic too. The sun seems to be at its most golden. It got me thinking about how autumn is presented in literature and the ways it inspires me. 

The first poem I thought of was John Keats To Autumn. Probably because I have to teach this poem for GCSE! 

‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’

Next, L. M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle. I love this quote because it’s something I can picture in my mind. 

‘November — with uncanny witchery in its changed trees. With murky red sunsets flaming in smoky crimson behind the westering hills. With dear days when the austere woods were beautiful and gracious in a dignified serenity of folded hands and closed eyes — days full of a fine, pale sunshine that sifted through the late, leafless gold of the juniper-trees and glimmered among the grey beeches, lighting up evergreen banks of moss and washing the colonnades of the pines.’

My third choice is from one of my all time favourite books, The Great Gatsby

‘Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.’ 

Stepping further back in time with my next choice from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. I love the language used here, so picturesque. 

‘The leaves where more gorgeous than ever; the first touch of frost would lay them all low to the ground. Already one or two kept constantly floating down, amber and golden in the low slanting sun-rays.’

My final choice comes from John Donne. Again, it’s just emphasising how wonderful autumn is. 

‘No spring nor summer beauty have such grace as I have seen in one autumn face.’

I’m sure there’s many other quotes from literature about autumn, but these are the ones that are at the forefront of my mind currently. I’m determined to get out there and enjoy it whilst I can. It’s half term soon so I’m sure there will be more chances there. I’m keeping an eye for the bright red leaves; my favourite! 


Enjoy it my darlings! Big love xx

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A Belgium Weekend Adventure 

Hi all,

Hope you’re all good.  

Can you believe it’s December?! I can’t. I’ve no idea where November went. I feel like I blinked and missed it. (I feel like I say that every month, let’s face it.) But, last weekend I went with a group of friends on the ferry to Belgium. I’ve never been to Bruges before. It’s just so beautiful. A day there was not long enough. The autumnal trees were also rather gorgeous! 


Despite the cloud, it was still so wonderful. I felt peaceful and calm. Sometimes we just need that space and tranquility. 


So, we went exploring, did a lot of shopping, drank some beer, went to the beer museum and mooched about the Christmas market. Bliss!


This was one of my favourite shops. It had so many beautiful Christmas things in. The window above was just stunning. I’d wish to see it again, honestly. Oh and the chocolate! Mmmm. 


This has to be one of the best weekends ever. I loved it. I will be going back. Bruges, you stole my heart. 


I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos and my little weekend adventure. I sure did! Christmas is on it’s way guys, lets do this!! 

Big love xx

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Hello Autumn 


Hey guys! 

Isn’t this time of year just beautiful?! I really love to see all the colours and the different leaves. I love to hear the crunch under foot. I just feel like everything is more crisp and lovely in Autumn. 

Whilst I had a small window of opportunity today, I decided I needed to have a little time to soak in beautiful Stratford upon Avon. The colours were indescribable. I wanted to share this with you, in the hope that the 5 minutes you spend looking at this, you feel as inspired and calm as I did. 

*all photos are taken by myself with no filter. 


It’s the first time in a while I’ve felt calm and at ease. The fresh air always makes me feel better. Sometimes you need to just stop and take it all in…

Big love xx

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Autumn Trees, Autumn Leaves…

Hey everyone! 

Happy Autumn! I love this time of year. The leaves are all changing colours and drifting to the ground. It’s the perfect time for me to take some snaps from various places whilst I’ve been mooching about. I just love to hear the leaves crunch under my feet, to see the golden blanket across the floor. 

Hope you like these!  


Hull:

   

 


Stratford upon Avon:

  

  

So, get out there like I have. Enjoy the Autumn before it quickly changes to winter and it’s permanently dark. Rumour has it, there will be snow on the ground in December! 

Big love xx

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The Autumn Book Tag & The Fall Time Cosy Book Tag

Hey guys! 

Well, we are into October now, the conkers have started to fall and the leaves are all kinds of shades of red and orange. Therefore, it seems to be the perfect time to take part in these two tags. Thank you so much to Tasha @ The Bookie Monsters for thinking of me. 


1. What is your favourite thing about Autumn?

I love seeing the leaves change. It’s just so beautiful. It’s the time where you can wrap up to venture outside in lots of layers with scarves. Also, you can snuggle down on the sofa in a big blanket watching tv. Autumn seems to have the best programmes: Downton, Strictly etc. I’m not a fan of it being colder though! 


2. What book reminds you of your school days?

I can always remember studying To Kill A Mockingbird. I just love it. I’m really enjoying teaching it to Year 9 as well currently. Also, I used to read a lot of Roald Dahl and Harry Potter as well. 


3. What book cover reminds you of Autumn?

This is quite a tricky one really! I guess it would have to be The Man Who Disappeared by Clare Morrall probably because of the colours. They are so in this season! 

  



4. What is your favourite horror or Halloween story?

I love Wilkie Collins – The Woman in White. It is a remarkable piece of fiction. It’s from the Victorian period, something that I’m really interested in and it comes from the sensation writing phase. It is one of my favourite books. You should definitely read this season! There’s some really tense parts in the novel, perfect for Halloween! 

  



5. What is your favourite horror or Halloween film?

Hmmm I’m not a massive fan of horror films really so I can’t really answer this question. Any suggestions? 


6. What Fall book release are you most looking forward to? 

Without a doubt the new Robert Galbriath. It’s pre-ordered – I’m just waiting for the release date. Eeek! (Image from Google)

  



7. What Autumn movie release are you most anticipating? 

Well I’m really quite excited about the live broadcast of Of Mice and Men. Chris O’Dowd as Lennie?! Amazing. I have such high hopes. I’m planning a school trip to take the whole of year 11 to see it, so it better be! (Image from Google) 

  



8. What are three books you plan to read this Autumn?

I’ve just finished reading The Rabbit Back Literature Society so that is one ticked off the list. The next three I’d really like to read are: The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine, The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux and Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Fingers crossed this goes to plan! Also, how amazing is this cover?!

  

Now onto The Fall Time Cosy Book Tag


#1: Crunching Leaves: The world is full of colour. Choose a book that has reds, oranges and yellows on the cover.

It’s a controversial book, but I enjoyed it for what it was. 

  



#2: Cosy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cosy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

I get the warm fuzzies from books that I associate with good feelings and books that remind me of important people and times in my life. One of the first books that come to mind is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. So emotional, but what a beautiful story. 

  



#3: Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favourite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

Any Dickens work is perfect for weather like this. I’m rather ashamed to say I’ve only read a small number of Dickens books, so I need to sort this out this autumn and winter period. 


#4: Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Hermione Granger. Always. (Image from Google) 

  



#5: Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Oh my days I never really know what’s in or out! I really don’t see how anything could ever top the phenomenon that was Harry Potter. I mean Twilight tried, but I never read any of them. I think there are a lot of new writers out there at the moment that hopefully will get the credit they deserve. 


#6: Coat, Scarves and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

I don’t have any! I mean I’ve never bought 50 Shades of Grey and I wouldn’t want to be seen with that if I’m honest. Sometimes I read books about teaching so I guess that’s a bit different, but I don’t think it’s embarrassing. Mind you I did get some funny looks when I was reading Pimp your lesson. Hmm. 

  



#7: Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall time comfort food/foods?

Chocolate. Hot chocolate. Toast. Soup. Can’t really beat any of them! 
I nominate you lovely bloggers to feel the Autumn vibe!

Erika @ Bookventureland

The Literary Counsellor

Claire @ Art and Soul

Lia @ Bookland

Parneet @ The Enchanted Book

Biancha @ The Ultimate Fangirl

Nichola @ Rust and Stardust

Calliope The Book Goddess

Travelling In My Bookcase

Jess @ Mud and Stars

Annika Perry

Sarah @ Sarah’s Bookshelf
Feel free to take part in one, both, or even none if you’ve done before! 

Big love xx

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