September, September

September, September

I can’t believe I am saying “goodbye September and hello October”! It only seems like yesterday I was breaking up for the summer holidays and heading off on my holiday in Sicily. Time is flying and before we will all know it it will be you know what!

This month has been a little manic to say the least. Sometimes I wonder how I manage to fit everything in. Good job I am a pretty organised person otherwise I would get myself into a right pickle.

Weddings

I haven’t been to a wedding in years and then all of a sudden I had two in eight days! Two very different occasions. The first at Rockbeare Manor and the second in Sidmouth. One sunny and one very, very wet! Both occasions full to bursting with love, laughter and tears of joy. I wonder how long I will have to wait for the next one to come along? Not sure if any of my friends are engaged. It’s all babies, babies, babies at the moment. Maybe I will get the opportunity to dress up again at a christening or two?

Farmers market

I try and visit my local farmers market when I can. Exeter’s market is held weekly on a Thursday at the cross roads of South Street and High Street. You can pick up veggies galore from Shillingford Organics, pies, cakes and pastries from Bon Gout Deli, bread from Bread of Devon as well as so much more. It’s well worth stopping by.

Plant Cafe

If you are looking for somewhere close to the market to warm up with a hot choccie and a great cathedral view then head on over to The Plant Cafe. A vegetarian and vegan cafe serving top notch breakfasts, lunches and sweet treats.

Brickhouse Vineyard

I visited Brickhouse Vineyard for a wine and cheese pairing and tour of the vines on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. The views out over the vines were stunning as were the wines. Read about my afternoon here.

Boringdon Hall

Sarah and I had afternoon tea at Boringdon Hall. I had been invited to sample their new afternoon tea menu. The introduction of a Laurent-Perrier champagne flight to pair with the traditional afternoon tea was inspired and made the sweet treats sing. To read my full review of my visit to Boringdon Hall here.

Mandarin And Ginger Chocolate Mousse

I have been experimenting in the kitchen with Seed & Bean chocolate with winning results. To make this chocolate mousse for yourself you can find the easy recipe here.

 

With autumn upon us I want to take time to embrace the it. Those crunchy leaves under foot, (when it hasn’t been pouring down that is!) cosy jumpers, pumpkin spice everything! I am hoping to get out and about as much as I can. September has been so busy with work that I plan to take time to chill out. I say “I plan” but I guess I will have to see what life throws at me won’t I?

I hope that October brings much joy to you all. Autumn really is a special time of the year. I was talking to someone the other day who said she didn’t like autumn because everything dies. I disagreed. I see autumn as the beginning. It must be the teacher in me. September in to October is always the beginning of my year!

Additional photos from Angel Wade and Sarah Hale.

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