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Pumpkins, City Breaks and Cosy Jumpers {October’s Little Loves}

Pumpkins at Kew Gardens

If I were at school, I’d be getting a detention right now for handing my homework in late. Again. Good job I’m just answering to you guys then, isn’t it? I hope that you will excuse my tardiness but I was swanning around in Paris at the end of the month – definitely one of my Little Loves that spans both this month and next.

Musee du Louvre

How have you all been? I’ve not had much time to blog lately. We’ve had so many birthdays and this week sees my middle child becoming a fully-fledged adult (legally anyway!). I’m committed to sharing my monthly Little Loves however, so late or not, here they are…

Read in October

I had a night away in Cheltenham for my birthday mid month so as always, a Red magazine was bought. This signals down time for me and I thoroughly enjoyed leafing through whilst supping on a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio.

Red Magazine November

Regarding books, I finished Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and was totally captivated by it. Historical romance is not a usual genre of mine so I was surprised by my response. I’m currently reading One Minute Later by Susan Lewis which is proving to be an easy read – probably just what I need right now.

Heard in October

Every month when I sit down to write my Little Loves post, I wonder why on earth I don’t make notes as the month goes on. I always forget what I’ve listened to and watched!

I listened to Happy Birthday being sung through my kids’ gritted teeth – does that count?

I’ve also listened to a few podcasts – a couple from Proverbs 31 Ministries (a series called Therapy and Theology) which have been really interesting. I’ve also been listening non-stop to Lauren Daigle because I’m going to see her in Shepherds Bush next week and I can’t wait!

Watched in October

I’ve been getting stuck into some series this month and one that I would highly recommend is Unbelievable on Netflix – the story of a serial rapist and the quest to hunt him down. Oh and I almost forgot about Capture!  A fantastic edge-of-your-seat drama although I didn’t like the ending much. Have you watched it? What did you think?

Wore in October

Woolly Jumpers

Autumn is MY season clothes-wise – I love boots and adore cosy jumpers. I believe that I *might* have said I have enough jumpers last month but this was a justified purchase from Next because a) I will always get a good price per wear on any jumper and b) it has pom poms. What’s not to like?

I’ve also been back in my pinafore dresses that were a staple wardrobe item last autumn. They’re just so comfy and are great if you’re looking for a smart/casual look.

Made in October

I made two trips this month.

The first one was to Cheltenham for an overnight stay with the OH. We try to ensure that we get away twice a year if possible and Cheltenham is a favourite town of ours. We enjoyed shopping, good food and a chance to unwind. A whirlwind 24 hour trip, but so worth it.

Number 131 Cheltenham

Then last week, no. 2 daughter and I went to Paris for 3 days to celebrate her upcoming 18th birthday. We had such a great time and really packed everything in so I’m hoping to do a longer post with more photos at a later date. Watch this space!

Musee Du Louvre

And Lastly…

Do you remember me saying not so long ago that anyone who is anyone (except me) seemed to be going to a flower show? When my friend suggested that we go to Kew Gardens for my birthday, it was an immediate ‘Yes’! After all the rain we’ve been having, it was so lovely to see the sun shining and Kew absolutely surpassed all my expectations…

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens Day Out

How can we be almost a whole week into November already? This year seems to have flown by faster than any other. One more birthday tomorrow and then I am allowed to start thinking about Christmas. I had a mild panic last week that I have yet to purchase any presents but Twitter tells me I’m not alone. Let the glitter commence!

Inside, Outside & Beyond




  • Gail

    Always enjoy reading your Little Loves Suzanne! I missed October but I’ll join in again next month. Your trips all looked fab, and it was lovely to follow along with them on Instagram. We watched the Capture too and got really into it, but I have to admit I preferred the first few episodes to the last. xx

    • Suzanne W

      Yes I definitely think it tailed off towards the end. I was very confused around episode 4 and then a bit disappointed by the ending. Looking forward to catching up with your Little Loves next month. xx

  • Jenny

    Oh man keeps making me redo message … love the cozy jumpers I need some new ones. Love the mug too. 💗 sounds busy but festive. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

    • Suzanne W

      Sorry Jenny, what a pain! Has been a busy time. xx

  • Patricia Cooper

    I absolutely loved Redeeming Love, in fact I thoroughly recommend all Francine Rivers books. Enjoyed the Capture ut also was rather disappointed in the end.
    Did you watch Black Money a 4 part drama, caught up with it this week. Brilliant watch.

  • Happy birthday to you all! It looks like you and your daughter had an amazing time in Paris. Your jumper looks lovely – the pompoms do remind me of pumpkins.
    How many years have I known you, and yet I never knew Cheltenham was a favourite place of yours?! It’s a favourite place of mine too – because it’s local to me, but even if it wasn’t, I still reckon I would think it’s better than most other places!

    • Suzanne W

      Yes I’ve only been a few times but I love that it’s a traditional market town and not all that dissimilar from where we live actually. Bath is my most favourite though. Ha ha you’re right about the pumpkin pom poms!

  • Anna-Marie

    I love that jumper! The colour is lovely and very autumnal! Who doesn’t love a Pom Pom! Unbelievable was so good wasn’t it? I thoroughly enjoyed it. Capture had me gripped for the best part of the series but I was a little disappointed how it ended. Paris sounds like it was amazing. Thank you for linking up with Little Loves this month xx

  • Kerri-Ann Hargreaves

    Your October sounds lovely. Paris and Kew Gardens – two great adventures. I’m envious of both. I hope you’ve had some fun in November too x

    • Suzanne W

      It was a lovely October. November has been busy but some fun moments in there. xx

  • Happy belated birthday! I’m so glad you got to spend some time with your eldest daughter in Paris – I bet she really valued the time you shared together. Paris is always a good idea 🙂 My girls are desperate to visit – we’ll make it there one day. I haven’t been to Kew Gardens for about 20 years. I love it there! I bet it’s changed a lot since my last visit. I hope that November is positive (I’ve not bought any Christmas presents yet either!).

    • Suzanne W

      Not my eldest, my youngest! We had a great time thank you. xx

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