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October Craziness, Snuggly Jumpers and Birthday Fun #LittleLoves

red autumn leaf in hand

I think I told you a few weeks back that October was destined to be a month of craziness? Well it certainly hasn’t disappointed so far! Why is it that everything seems to come at once?

October has always been one of my favourite months, not least because my birthday appears in the middle (today in fact) but also because I love autumn as a season. However this year, October has been so busy that I’ve felt slightly robbed of the joy. Do you know what I mean? I feel like we’ve been rushing from one thing to the next, fire fighting as we go. Let’s just say that half term couldn’t come soon enough. I’m looking forward to some down time with no particular agenda…on at least two days anyway!

I’ve lost a bit of momentum with my Little Loves posts of late, mostly due to the fact that I have to wrestle my kids off the mac (my mac!) to put fingertip to keyboard. I was determined to focus on the good this week though, so here are some of the things I’ve been loving…


I’ve been thoroughly useless on the book front over the last two weeks, unless you count Hurrah for Gin’s second book: ‘The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams’. Granted, it’s more cartoons than words, but it’s got a proper hard cover which I think makes it a perfectly legitimate book.

I took this picture at Katie’s book launch the other week….how cool are those gin lights?

If you read the original Hurrah for Gin book, you’ll love this. It’s a great pick-up-and-flick-through book, takes zero concentration and lifts your mood instantly. It’s bringing back so many *fond* memories of the toddler years ?.

Other than that, I’ve spent a lot of time reading my bible this week…I know! I’ve started doing a Beth Moore Bible Study with a group of friends and it actually has homework to do almost every night. I guess this has probably contributed to me having less time but I think it’s more than worth it. If you’re a Christian and looking to get your teeth into something quite theological, then I can highly recommend Beth Moore’s studies.


All the amazing dramas are coming to an end – Victoria, Liar, Cold Feet – what is there for me to watch now? I would love to hear what you’re watching.

I did catch a brilliant documentary on Channel 4 this week – ‘George Michael: Freedom’. Did you watch it? I lost count of the number of times I turned to my husband and said “Oh this was a good song, definitely my favourite”. I actually couldn’t choose between ‘Faith’ and ‘Father Figure’ in the end. What an extraordinary talent he was.

I haven’t quite finished watching it yet; I imagine the sad bit is yet to come.


Staying in the 80s, I came across Morten Harket from a-ha’s unplugged version of ‘Take on Me’ earlier in the week. A-ha was another firm favourite of mine in the teenage years. Have a listen, it’s beautiful and so different from the original version.

Moving back into present day, I’ve been humming along to ‘Silent’ this week. My youngest daughter is largely into rap music which isn’t really my ‘cup of tea’, but every now and again she introduces me to a song I like. Teenage daughters definitely keep you young!


It’s been another weird week weather-wise hasn’t it? Warm air one day, howling a gale and raining the next. I am firmly in my autumn clothes now though, I won’t be going back to shaving my legs for anyone!

So it’s been all about the snuggly jumpers and boots this week. This big, baggy mustard roll neck is from Top Shop; it really is the perfect jumper for autumn/winter.

I attended a black tie charity dinner last Saturday evening and although I didn’t get any photos of me in the dress, I bagged a bargain in the Mint Velvet sale – this little number was half price! (Pssst, there’s still a lot of gorgeous items available).


You know when you reach the end of a project and all the enthusiasm for choosing taps, tiles and door handles, has upped and left? Well that’s where I’m at right now with our garden project. In order to see it through to completion (please Lord let it be finished by the end of next week ??) we’ve had to make various mundane decisions this week. Hopefully some more exciting ones in the form of accessories next week – watch this space!

Other than that, I’ve made some delicious individual steak and ale pies for dinner guests last week, followed by sticky toffee pudding. You’ll have to take my word on that though because I didn’t take any photographs – bad blogger!

And Lastly…

Did I mention that it’s my birthday todayyyyy?? I don’t usually do very much at all on my birthday but the younger two kids have an inset day, so the rest of us have rearranged work in order to spend the day together. I’ve always wanted to try one of those Escape Rooms and before you say it, I am fully aware that all five of us locked in a room for one hour could quite possibly end in disaster but we are doing it anyway. Think pleasant thoughts please, people!

Happy weekend to you all; may your lie-ins be long and your coffee be strong.

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  • oftencalledcathy

    Happy Birthday, have a wonderful day x

  • Gail

    Happy birthday Suzanne! Sounds like you’ve had a busy time lately. Hope you manage to have a really lovely relaxing day xx

    • Suzanne W

      Thank you Gail. Yes, just beginning to breath again…at last! Xx

  • Jenny

    Absolutely love that sweater on you and that dress will be amazing girl. Sounds like you are busy but doing all the right things. 🙂 I can’t wait to read Katie’s second book I read her first one so quick. She is amazing so proud of her. #littleloves

    • Suzanne W

      I’ve worn the dress once, I’m now wondering when I’ll ever get to wear it again! Really comfortable and fits well though. x

  • Happy birthday to you! Hope the escape room went well. As a claustrophobic, I can think of nothing worse than doing that on my birthday.
    Hope the garden room finally gets finished this week.
    And spare a thought for the runners – still wearing shorts, so still having to shave my legs!

    • Suzanne W

      I didn’t realise you were claustrophobic. It’s quite a big room but I guess it’s the thought of being locked in? If you’re running, do you need to shave your legs? No one will see them if you run fast enough lol

  • lorraine

    Hope you had a lovely birthday. Wasn’t the George Michael programme good, made me feel sad though. Definitely do an Escape room Suzanne, my hub did it with work friends and the teen did it with his friends, they both had a great laugh & escaped.

    • Suzanne W

      It was really good Lorraine, we all enjoyed it (although probably wasted 10 minutes arguing lol!). x

  • Morgana

    Hope you had a lovely birthday Suzanne. I’m keen to know how you found the Escape Room thingy. Being claustrophobic, I don’ t think it’s something I’ll be trying anytime soon!
    My girls are getting their own music taste and my youngest has a thing for pop and dance music, which doesn’t go down so well with the rest of us! Haha. We’ll see if it sticks 😉

  • Sarah Christie

    Ah I love the dress it is gorgeous and your sweater is such a lovely colour, hope you had a wonderful birthday Suzanne and celebrated loads. And I totally get what you mean about October I feel the same, like we just haven’t stopped at all x

  • Mum Reinvented

    You paid money to be locked in a room with teenagers!?! You’re a braver woman than I am! Hope you had a lovely birthday! Love those 2 songs. My daughter’s into bands so my love of dance and pop music doesn’t go down very well at all with her. Saying that, I may have pinched her Ed Sheeran cd – at least that’s one we can agree on. I definitely need to watch the George Michael thing on catch up, I completely forgot to watch it when it was on, thanks for the reminder! Hope you’re having a good week x

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