5 Things to do this Autumn

Wow it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve had a busy term at work. But now Autumn is in full swing, and I’ve been absolutely loving the change in the season. I normally hate the cold and the dark, but I’ve been trying to embrace each season for it’s own beauty, so here are some things I’ve been doing to welcome in Autumn.

 

1. Drinking hot Apple and Cinnamon Tea. No drink smells as Autumnal as apple and cinnamon.

Apple and Cinnamon Tea

2. Harvesting. Whether it’s walking along an English hedgerow and harvesting the blackberries, or digging up veg from the garden or allotment, nothing is more heartening than cooking with something fresh out of the earth. Somehow it tastes so much better.

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3. Eating porridge – I’ve never been that much of a fan of porridge, I find it rather claggy. But I recently tried putting blackberries into it to make ‘purple porridge’ and ohmygoodness, it’s so good. Add pumpkin seeds, blueberries, chia seeds and maple syrup for extra sweetness, goodness and crunch.

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4. Welcoming in the darker evenings by stringing up fairy lights, and lighting candles. Make a little Autumnal display and change up some of the cushions for a cosier Autumnal feel. Try adding warmer tones, and cosier textures, it’s amazing how a change as small as cushions and throws can change the feel of a room.

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5. Reading. I’m not much of a reader, and in Summer I always feel like I ought to be outside, not reading. But in Autumn and Winter, it’s often too cold or wet to be out, the perfect time to re-kindle you’re love of books.

What traditions/rituals/routines do you have for welcoming Autumn?

Bath Hen Weekend

How To Plan The Perfect Hen Weekend In Bath

Recently, I helped plan a hen weekend for my best friend whose getting married next weekend. I’m Maid of Honour, but I had ALOT of help from the two amazing bridesmaids. If you are looking at planning a hen weekend, my first piece of advice would be to enlist help.

We decided on Bath as a perfect hen location for our bride as our remit was: ‘country walks, but somewhere we can also get dressed up and have a night out’. Bath did not disappoint. So let me break down the steps we took to create the perfect Hen weekend. I’ve added links in each section to locations and purchases etc.

Number of hens: 13
Cost per hen: approx £300. Our bookings and accommodation were £170 upfront, and then it depended on what each girl ordered and how much they spent on drinks etc. So call it £300 but with savvy meal selections and light drinking it would be less.

Accommodation:

We booked two of the properties on New Leaf Farm. It’s about a 6 minute drive from Bath and, since Bath has Uber, this was very straight forward. The accommodation was beautiful – we booked one property that slept 10 and one which slept 4. Very high spec, and perfect for hosting large groups. When we weren’t out we did all our own cooking, and the kitchen was stocked with everything we could need.

Afternoon Tea:

We began the weekend with an afternoon tea. Many had travelled far and we wanted to welcome them with food and drink. We put on a spread of sandwiches and cakes which catered to vegans and veggies alike. (Let me know in the comments if you’d like a post about what we served). We also created a ‘pimp my prosecco bar’ with cordials and fruits. Finally we borrowed some vintage china and brought some pretty napkins. It made for a beautiful spread which went down really well with hungry weary travellers.

Goody Bags:

Also on display upon arrival were the goody bags we created. These were really important for creating a sense of belonging amongst people who’d not all met each other before.

The bags contained:
A badge
A face mask
Team bride temporary tattoo
A detox tea (for the hangover the following morning)
A paper straw
A personalised T-shirt.

I used Team Shirts to create each personalised T-shirt. They had the name on the front – very handy when trying to get to know 13 people, and a slogan on the back from the Bride to Be’s favourite TV show Rupaul’s Drag Race. Both the goody bags and badges came from Not on the High Street – they do a wonderful range of Hen Party Goodies.

Decoration:

Almost all our decorations came from Tigerlilly. We got cheap, tissue thin bunting, but it was so effective and made the house look really jolly.

Saturday Night Out:

For our night out, we booked Ubers to take us to Great Pulteney Street where we’d booked a private dining room at No15 Great Pulteney. This was such a great experience. The room was beautiful and the food and service really good.

We then had a room at the Opium Bar. It was hard to make this reservation since they don’t reserve past 9pm. Thankfully they phoned me and agreed to keep it a little longer – a few of us dashed off to hold the room while the others finished coffee. It was well worth it. The room at the back for private groups had low down coffee tables and floor cushions to sit on, the room was plastered in paintings on the walls and ceilings and had incense burning in the corner. Very Bohemian and great for adding the wow factor.

Use their tour feature to have a look around this unique bar:

http://www.opiumbars.com/tour/

Sunday:

After a lie in, and a home made brunch, we walked along the canal path into Bath. This was a lovely walk. We didn’t then stay in bath, but got the boat straight back to Bathhampton, where we were staying, as we had a Sunday Lunch booking, but this could easily be adapted to include some shopping and leisure time in Bath.

The boat back to Bathhampton moors at the pub, Bathampton Mill where we’d booked a Sunday Lunch for 3pm. The food here was fantastic, I’d highly highly recommend it. The boat was £5 one way or £10 for a round ticket.

On the Monday we then all packed up and got Ubers back into Bath, some left to get the train home, while others stuck around for a spot of shopping. All in all it was a fantastic weekend.

I hope you find some of these ideas useful, even if not for a Hen, but just for a visit to Bath.