Saturday, 30 November 2013

Remember, Remember the Month of November...

...and the end of October too.

Hello again, quite a while since I've been here!  And what a busy few weeks it has been to be sure!

This time of the year, Autumn, is my favourite of all, and boy have we been busy making the most of it, so busy in fact that I didn't have any time to spend on the internet!  Added into that we have had some exams (DD) UCAS (DS3), and huge amounts of coursework (DS1 and DS2).  I am now putting the final touches to my thesis, but the university has extended the deadline without my asking, something to do with the restructure they are doing - well, cant complain can I?!

So, here are a few compilations of what we have been up during these last few busy but very enjoyable autumn weeks.

First of all - Halloween!  As usual my bestest friend Sue and her DD came to visit and we went out on our usual walk around the neighbourhood.  We then came back to a lovely tea of spicy soup, lovingly prepared by my DH - bless him!

I love Jack O'Lanterns and anything remotely pumpkin-related!

Next up it was Bonfire Night, again celebrated at Sue's home, she has a lovely big garden, very necessary with the huge bonfire we have every year.

Then the next week we saw the arrival of our yearly Street Fair - this time Sue couldn't come with us as sadly she wasn't feeling well, but her lovely daughter came along with us.  I had a spin on the Waltzers ("scream if you want to go faster!!!!!") and then became incredibly brave and went on the biggest big wheel I had ever seen at a fair.  It was very scary, especially when waiting at the top for other riders to board below!  In fact I was so wobbly afterwards I had to have a helping of candy floss to recover (at least that's what I told everyone ;))

Of course we have managed a few walks in our beautiful local Outwoods, looking wonderful in all it's Autumn Glory:

And of course, all this activity had us working up quite an appetite, so we have done a bit of baking:  pumpkin ginger biscuits, Yorkshire Parkin and pumpkin cupcakes

Now, autumn is beginning to draw to a close, I'm always sad to see it end, but looking forward to crisp winter days and the festive season.

Hope all is well with you and yours, and that my bloggy friends from the US had a very happy Thanksgiving.


PS - Amanda, your Autumn Swap parcel has been posted, hope you will receive it soon, thanks so much for your patience xx


  1. We still seem to have lots of leaves on the trees around here though and I'm in no rush to see the snow! X

  2. Helen, I had been wondering what is new with you and now I know :) You have been wonderfully busy...and all that course work is very impressive!
    I'm glad you have been happy in the process. I enjoyed viewing your autumn photos and think you are much braver than I riding fair rides!
    Our family had a good Thanksgiving celebration and I am hoping to put more time in now with some stitching projects.
    Gracie xx

  3. Hi Helen, so good to see your blog pop to the top of my list! I'm impressed with your school work.. what are you working towards? We had a great Thanksgiving dinner.. I hope you can pop over and see my blog posts.

    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Yes such a lovely time of year and good to see that you made the most of it! Put away all my Autumn things at the weekend ready for Christmas, it has been so dull here that I am really looking forward to a bit of sparkle

  5. Hello Helen, Eagerly awaiting your parcel,thanks. Do hope the contents of my Autumn Glory Swap parcel was to your liking and the cowl is keeping you nice and warm. I thought you would like that sort of music too. I hope I was right. My Autumn sun babe was meant to be a little reminder that the sunny days last a bit longer here although you wouldn't believe it today as it looks quite stormy out there. As much as I like the Autumn colours I'm looking forward to more red and green and the glitter and sparkle that Christmas brings. really one of my favourite times of the year. I can well imagine just how busy you have been as I have also been inundated with coursework ,homework and exam prep and now a new course is starting up too so it means drawing up a syllabus and lesson plan programmes...just no rest for the wicked!!!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  6. Lovely to see you back in blog land Helen and thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos. What a busy time you have had. X

  7. Everything sure seems to get busy as the year is winding down. I know there just aren't enough hours in the day for all I need to do which means I don't get to do half of what I would like to do. Looks like you had a very nice November. Happy holidays to you and yours, Tammy

  8. I have so enjoyed looking through your last posts. You sound as if you have all been so busy. Have a gentle wind down before the next wave of Christmas craziness. Your cooking looks so yummy.


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