We all need a bit of positivity right now since we are in lockdown round two for November. I thought I’d keep this post short and sweet, and focus on all my autumn favourites for 2020!
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Walks with Wilbur
We’ve had some beautiful, sunny autumn days this year. It’s been so lovely teaching Wilbur how to go for walks, meeting new neighbours, and watching him enjoy bouncing in the fields. In the summer, Lucy and I walked a lot (every street in the village and the fields beyond!), and I think that going for walks will play a huge role in maintaining good mental and physical health this difficult autumn/winter.
My two favourite autumn flowers are the rust orange chrysanthemums that I have outside the front of the house, and I also love love love Nerine Bowdenii (Guernsey Lily). I wanted to get some back in spring to plant, but missed out due to lockdown. These bubble-gum pink bulbs are so cheerful in September through November!
Two products I’ve been loving are:
This face cream contains retinol, Vitamin C, and Hyaluronic Acid. I got the mandarin scent, but you can also get unscented. It’s made in the UK, vegan and cruelty free, and it also comes in a glass and metal jar. I’ve never used a retinol cream before because I have sensitive skin. This cream doesn’t bother me and I notice a difference in the smoothness of my face when I use it the night before. The one downside of retinol is that it increases your risk of sun damage, so you must wear an SPF to protect your skin.
Upcircle Cleansing Face Balm
I find this a bit expensive at regular price so I waited until it was on sale. This apricot scented cleanser works amazing well for removing eye makeup and polishing my face in the shower. The balm has finely-ground powder of discarded apricot stones, which are a by-product of the apricot oil industry. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, and made in the UK. The packaging is also plastic free and recyclable. Available on Amazon and at Holland & Barrett.
I’ve not had much time for reading when we first got Wilbur, which was also the start of the academic year. Nevertheless, I thought I’d give a child’s book recommendation which is The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker. These board books are beautifully illustrated and I press the circles on the page to play snippets of classical music. I got it for our niece for Christmas, and I think she’ll love it!
I really enjoyed the Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix, as well as His House (about haunting trauma of asylum seekers). Ready Player One is also available on Netflix and has stayed one of my new favourite films since I saw it in the cinema. I look forward to the book Ready Player Two coming out this winter. Otherwise, I’ve been enjoying the new season of The Crown.
I love a scarf in autumn/winter and for September and October I was actually going to work and therefore needed to look presentable. I wear a scarf every day. Not much point in wearing a scarf indoors, particularly as Wilbur tries to eat it!
Wellies – Lucy and I bought each other Hunter wellies for our birthdays. They make the multi times a day pee runs super easy and I like that I can wander around the fields in the village and not worry about my shoes getting wrecked. Mine are red. 🙂
I’ve been getting into the winter stews over the past month, and I love a good roasted vegetable. For my lunches, I’ve been meal prepping on Sundays and making a grain and roasted veg salad. I mix it up week-to-week, but generally it is either bulgur or couscous with butternut squash, nuts, and either spinach or Brussel sprouts. With a dollop of hummus on top, this lunch keeps my energized for hours, and I make enough for 3 days. Now that I’m back at home in lockdown, I’ve been making lots of hearty winter vegetable soups.
What are your fall/ autumn favourites for 2020?