Taking Stock – October 2023

With everything going on in the world, I really haven’t felt like writing anything this month. However, taking stock is my bloggy constant and so here I am.

Baking: A jam sponge pudding in my new Mason Cash bowl – it’s definitely been the weather for it!

Cooking: This sweet and sour chicken stir fry – I even got around to sharing the recipe!

a pair of red chopsticks picking up a piece of chicken from a plate of sweet and sour chicken stir fry with peppers, carrots and pineapple

Making: Lots of chicken soup – it’s good for the soul.

Hosting: Good friends and enjoying good times.

Having: A curry night with my friend and curry Queen, Dharish. I waited 14 years for this!

Picking: The first grapes off the vines since the Romans at The Rutland Vineyard.

Finding: This pumpkin tureen from the middle aisle of Aldi.

Admiring: All the autumn decor in our lovely local stores. If you ever come to Stamford, be sure to visit Nook.

Decorating: The fireplaces with leaf garlands, fairy lights and pumpkins. So much autumn gourdness!

Lighting: Our first fire of the season.

Coveting: All the autumn gourdness at the market (ha, see what I did there?)

Loving: Seeing friends from Sydney in Stamford. Cheers to that!

Liking: All the autumn colours.

Disliking: The news. My heart is so heavy.

Feeling: Unsettled and anxious.

Attending: The 785th Sheep Fair in the local village of Corby Glen. Yes, a sheep fair is totally a thing.

Seeing: The Morris Dancing was a highlight! Weirdly, we didn’t see any sheep.

Escaping: To the country for a weekend of fun with friends.

Crushing: On my new nails.

Starting: And finishing this new puzzle. I find jigsaws so therapeutic.

Opening: And closing our new front door. It’s a beaut!

Remembering: This time 12 years ago I was farewelling my thyroid. 2011 looked good on me!

Thyroidectomy Nov 2011

Noticing: How the mercury is plummeting.

Turning: The clocks back – it gets dark so early now!

Watching: The Beckham documentary on Netflix. The man is a dead set legend.

Spending: Too much time on my phone looking at the news. It’s not healthy.

Wearing: Hats and waterproofs!

Dressing: Teddy up in his winter jackets (and Halloween outfits.)

Visiting: Our first pumpkin patch!

Meeting: My instagram friend from Australia in real life in Stamford. We had such a fun few days!

So now I’ve told you about my October, spill the beans about yours!

Linking up with Min for Wednesday Words and Whimsy