I’m always excited to welcome October, my favourite month of the year, and I’ve had a lot of fun compiling a list of fun things to see and do during the month.
++ Transform your living room into a nest. Pull out your cosiest blankets to drape over couches, scatter candles about the room, arrange piles of inviting books and magazines on the coffee table and change over artwork on your walls (I, for instance, have replaced Emily Sutton’s I is for Ice-Cream with her K is for Kittens print, as more season appropriate!).
++ See a film. Suffragette is premiering in cinemas next week, and I can’t wait to see it.
++ Taste test pumpkin pies across London. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect one (although I quite like Gail’s version).
++ Get inspired. Make use of time spent at home on rainy days to pursue a passion or project that you’ve been putting off for too long. If you’re looking for inspiration, I recommend ordering Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.
++ Seek out interesting bookshops. There’s something about autumn that makes even non-readers feel like picking up a book, and why not support some of your local independent bookshops? I’m planning a trip to Persephone Books to get No Surrender (a must read, I feel, after watching Suffragette!), and I seldom need an excuse to while away hours in Foyles – my go to hideout whenever I get caught in the rain in London.
++ Host a pumpkin carving party. Invite friends over for wine, cheese and pumpkin carving: guaranteed fun!
++ Plan a day trip somewhere new. I’m off to Hastings on Friday and can’t wait! Is it weird to love the seaside in the autumn? It’s one of my favourite times to walk along the coast!
++ Get cultural. Theatre season is in full swing, so it’s time to treat yourself to some tickets! A lovely friend is taking me to McQueen at the end of the month, and I’m seeing Measure for Measure on Saturday as a birthday treat. I can’t wait!
++ Tackle unfinished projects. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got an embarrassing number of half-completed knitting and needlework projects that desperately need my attention!
++ Take a long walk to admire autumn’s beautiful colour palette. If you’re in London, I recommend heading to Richmond Park or Hampstead Heath for a good tramp.
What’s on your October to-do list?