Monday, 3 October 2016

September favourites 2016 | The Small Desk

Weather-wise September has been a funny old month. There have been days where I've been sweating it out only wearing a light summer dress and days where I've been donning my oversized black mac. But I'm happy to welcome back the shit Autumn; the cold and dark Winter days and the relentless rain hammering on the windows. I love sitting inside with a warm mug of herbal tea and using the weather as an excuse to snuggle on the sofa watching crap TV. Don't get me wrong I do like sunshine now and again, just not heat. Heat is the enemy. I hate being overheated, sweaty and out of control. Also, you can't wear a dressing gown when it's hot, nightmare. Anyway, here's to the Winter nights, putting the heating on and drawing the curtains at 4pm!

Work-wise September has been fairly kind to me. The office was broken into, which meant we all had to work in one room for a while, but it meant I got to chat more to colleagues I don't normally have the opportunity to, so there was a silver lining in some sense. Social-wise I've actively had a week where I've done no socialising after work whatsoever, and I'm feeling very fresh and relaxed! I think sometimes it's important to do that. Family-wise my Granddad has been very ill this month and still is, so that's been tough on everyone. On the positive side we've booked our wedding venue close to where they live so I think that gave my Grandparents some happiness. I'm getting more excited about the wedding as it's now only 11 months to go, and the venue is very us, not too formal and a bit wacky. Anyway, here are my September favourites...

1. Dishoom with friends
On the first of the month I spontaneously met up with a couple who I am friends with through my fiancé, so friends for eight years! We went to Dishoom and had a delicious curry and catch up chats. 

2. Gallery wall
We finally got back lots of our prints from the framers and created a gallery wall in our living room. I love having a mismatch of frames and prints all hanging next to one another like the eighteenth century galleries of London. 

3. Rowing with Uni bestie and sister
I am obsessed with rowing now, and it was a pleasure to take my Uni bestie and sister out for a trip and show them my rowing skills, haha! 

4. Friend's new flat 
I went to see one of my old school friend's new flat that she bought by herself, so proud!

5. Farmstand dinner with Dad and fiancé
Another spontaneous after work meal! I work really close to both my Dad and my fiancé, and my Dad had some time to spare so we had dinner with him at Farmstand. It's a really cute little canteen-style restaurant that has some really healthy options.

6. Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
For one of my friend's birthdays a group of us took her to see Pride and Prejudice at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. It did get a bit chilly and I had to buy a blanket but it was such a lovely evening and the performance was brilliant. I've now borrowed the classic Colin Firth series off a friend at work, because can you believe, I've never watched it!

7. Neighbours over for drinks
We had our lovely neighbours over for drinks and chatted about horrible work stories and our favourite furniture. 

8. Home for dinner 
Since moving over an hour away from my parents I've not been home after work for dinner like I used to. However I did it this month! It was a trek and I only stayed two hours, but still, I proved it's still possible!

9. Riverford boxes
I've signed us up for Riverford farm fruit and vegetable boxes! This means we get organic fruit and vegetables delivered to our door every week. It's forcing us to eat better, which is what I'd hoped for. This week I've got a HUGE bag of kale to get through, wish me luck! (Is that the most middle class thing I've ever written?!)

10. Found wedding venue
As I mentioned earlier we found our wedding venue! The deposit is down, the registry office is booked and we're starting to save... well nearly, ha!

11. 10 mile walk
One Sunday I decided to use an Ordnance Survey map to take me and the fiancé on a long walk near where we live. We managed to walk for over four hours and covered 10 miles. I felt this month I really needed that thinking space. I felt great the next day and would really recommend long walks as an enjoyable form of exercise. 

12. Wahaca with friends
The third spontaneous dinner with friends! One friend was in central and then it just spiralled. However we went to the Wahaca in Soho and the food was awful, I love Wahaca but I won't be visiting this branch again!

13. Lunch with old school friend
One of my old school friends is off to Oz for three weeks. She works just around the corner from me so we met up for lunch before she left. I wish I could go back to Oz!

14. Rowing with old school friend, Franco Manca and Bridget Jones' Baby
I did some more rowing at the end of the month and combined it with a trip to Franco Manca and to the cinema to see Bridget Jones' Baby. I thought the film was good but good in a chick flick way.

15. Parents over for cake 
My parents came over to our house and we had shop bought cake and tea and my Dad fixed some stuff in our house. Classic Dads!

16. Home every night for a whole week
I said this earlier, but this past week I've been home every night after work and it has been bliss. We've got some wedding things sorted out and had the opportunity to just chill out to the max.

17. Reading The Girls
I posted my review of this recently, so go check it out!

18. Watching 'Kew's Forgotten Queen'
BBC Four has really been upping its game with the art programmes recently, and this one, presented by Emilia Fox, really impressed me. It is about Marianne North, an artist whose work is now held at Kew Gardens. I think it's still on iPlayer, do check it out!

19. Making Save the Dates and asking bridesmaids
This month we've been making our Save the Date cards and I've asked all my bridesmaids to be my bridesmaids and they've all said yes!

20. Tried out my local swimming pool
My final favourite of the month is trying out my local swimming pool. It's only a ten minute walk away and they open late enough for us to go after work.

How is it already October? What have you been loving this month? Book, TV and film recommendations needed please!


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