My favourite time of year is upon us and I am fully in Halloween mode. We bought our first pumpkin of the season on Friday and have been relishing eating comfort food and drinking apple cider all weekend.
My Sister is touring with Don McLean (of American Pie fame - the song not the movie) over the next couple of months and I've been helping style her look for the stage. Orla Kiely provided much inspiration and we found several outfits that fit the bill perfectly.
We visited our beloved Cornwall the weekend before last for a friends wedding. St.Ives is utterly breathtaking and has inspired so many writers and painters, it's hard not to fall in love with it a little bit more every time I visit.
I've just finished reading Quant by Quant (review to come!) and can't get enough of pinafore dresses. I'm getting more daring with the length of my skirts too. Heck, I've only got a few more years left in which to do so without raising eyebrows so I'm going for it.
I need and must and will work at this magazine if it is the last thing I do. It is sheer perfection - from the features to the styling to the, well, everything. And would you just look at this cover?! It brings joy to my soul.
Roll out some thawed ready made puff pastry. Slice a cooking apple as thinly as you can and dredge each slice in cinnamon sugar. Layer the apples, overlapping, in two columns, top with raisins and freshly grated nutmeg. Press down the edges with a fork and bake in a pre-heated oven (200 degrees celsius/400 fahrenheit) for 20-25 minutes. Serve with 'ice-cream'.
Sometimes I like to be a tourist in my own city - I live in London for pete's sake, it's a pretty awesome place to be...although I occasionally have to remind myself of that. Like today. This is the route the bus takes from my flat to central London. Nice, eh?