Saturday, 7 November 2015

October Favourites 2015 | The Small Desk

I know, I know, it's like the 7th of November, but I've had SUCH a busy week that I haven't had time to post my October favourites! But I've finally got around to it, and looking over the month I have to say I've had a pretty good one. Work is about to ramp up, so I took 3 days holiday in the middle of the month, so that I could cope with the next two months. That is obviously my main favourite of this month, mostly because I got a lie in for 3 days straight. Bliss! This month I've also been looking at flats to buy, and learning all about the buying process. Why can't it be simpler?! Anyway, let's get on with my October favourites!

1. Dinner at my friends' flat
A couple of my old school friends now live together, and they invited a few of us around for dinner. We had pizza and garlic bread, and fruit and meringues for dessert. It was great to catch up with everyone and chat about everything and anything.

2. Seven Sisters
You may remember back in September 2014 I took a trip to the Seven Sisters and blogged about it here. Well this month we decided to make this trip again. I couldn't believe it has been over a year since we last went. It is such a beautiful part of the world. Also, this time, we bumped into our old neighbours! So random!

3. Ai Wei Wei exhibition
Probably the most anticipated exhibition of the year, Ai WeiWei at the Royal Academy was well worth the wait. It's open until 13th December, but pre-book and go early as the queues are long. I was lucky enough to queue jump and get in for free with work! Before you go, or if you have any interest in learning more about Ai WeiWei I wrote a blog post about him this month here.

4. Mildred's
Finally I went to what some call, London's Best Vegetarian restaurant. One of my friends turned vegetarian recently and was desperate to try it out. I have wanted to go for a while, but wasn't sure if I could face the queue. I'd heard rumours of 2 hour queues. I think we ended up queuing for an hour and a half, but it was damn good food. I had a burrito, and we had some delicious potato and pea samosas to start. The one I went to was in Soho, but they are opening another one in Camden very soon.

5. Seeing boyfriend's family
The boyf had to go back home this month to collect some gig tickets, so we combined it with a Sunday lunch. It's always so nice to see them, and I heard all about his sister's Art History essay, which reminds me I need to read it!

6. Brighton
One sunny Sunday this month me and the boyf took my sister to Brighton for the day. We saw the sea, had a nice lunch, and browsed the shops. This trip inspired my recent blog post on Brighton. I love that I can hang out with my sis and boyf, it makes me very happy.

7. Friends over
A couple who live pretty much round the corner from us, and who we've know for years now, came over and I cooked the Deliciously Ella lunch bowl for everyone!

8. Halloween party
The same friends I mentioned at the top of the post hosted a Halloween party at their flat. I was feeling a bit low during the day, and wasn't really feeling it, but then I ended up having such a good time! I went as a cat... I'm not sure if I've ever dressed as anything else for Halloween! Even when I was a child!!!

9. Time off work
As I said earlier, I had 3 whole days off work! This is clearly obvious as to why it is a favourite!

10. Ai Wei Wei book, The Hanging Man
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to read more. It was going well at the beginning of the year, but then I started to fail. However, I'm now reading again and am currently enjoying The Hanging Man about artist, Ai WeiWei's arrest. I think the last book I read was The Psychopath Test. I'm keeping a list on my About page.

11. Pottery
I'm still doing the pottery lessons! I think we only have a month left now, which is sad, because it's been so enjoyable! I've loved being all crafty, and learning a new skill.

12. Arundel Castle
If you live in Sussex, or near Sussex, you NEED to visit this Castle. It's a private estate, but open to the public. It's owned by the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk, and is absolutely huge. I learnt so much wandering around the grounds and through the rooms of the castle. They also have a very impressive collection of artworks. I went with my Dad on one of my days off and had such a great day out! I would highly recommend it! I think Zoella did a photoshoot in their gardens!

13. Yellow Blue Pink exhibition, Wellcome Collection
This is in my favourites because I got to spend some time with my Mum, but I'm not sure how much I liked the exhibition. It is a room filled with dry ice and then coloured lights above. It is not advisable if you are claustrophobic, as you can only see your hand in front of you and not much else. People appear out of the dry ice, and I found it a bit unsettling! I also went to see the Frank Auerbach exhibition at the Tate, which was good, but I didn't like the exhibition enough for it to go in my favourites.

14. Buying an Aloe Vera plant
My final favourite might seem like a bit of a weird one, but I bought an Aloe Vera plant! I really love having living plants in my flat and this one is one that hopefully won't die quickly, like every other house plant I have!

I would love to know how your month was, and did you dress up for Halloween this year? Is 27 too old be dressing up!?!


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