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So long summer….

Well summer didn’t exactly break it to us gently it was going to leave did it ? One day we were there wandering about in the sunshine could barely remember what a coat was then just like that – back to school , sun vanishes , hello Autumn!!

Autumn usually is my favourite time of year . I love the colours of the leaves and the chill in the air but this year I just really enjoyed all the warm weather we were spoilt with and I’m sad to see it go.

To cheer myself up I decided to think about what I’m looking forward to about the rest of the year…

Comfort Food

Summer was fab but I have to admit to not exactly serving Michelin starred dinners . Cold meats , salads and new potatoes were a staple . Oh and picnics (letting the kids eat sandwiches outside !)

This though is slow cooker season!! Stews and dumplings , pies and big , hearty carb heavy dinners ! Yum!

Cosy jumpers

Although I generally get the autumn/winter look wrong I bloody love a jumper !! I love even more a big jumper dress a la Tiffany in the 80’s (Ah look being fashionable has always deserted me ) jumper dress with a thick black tights assist and I’m happy as Larry -whoever he was . Wonder what he was so happy about. I’ll Google that !

Seasonal festivities

I’ve never been a Halloween fan but small girl loves it so I kind of get swept up in it and am much more willing to make an effort with it these days and dress up ,find a party to go to , do Halloween crafts .

I have to admit I do usually leave Bonfire Night to small girl’s daddy. If there’s an amazing upside to parenting separately it’s that you can pass on the stuff you don’t like doing .

I’m not going to mention the C word just yet ….but come on I’m no Grinch that’s Def something to look forward to.

Hull Fair

This is a bit of niche one I guess for those of you who aren’t from Hull.

We have a huge huge fair for a week in October.

I’ve not been to the fair since I left Hull but I am determined to get there this year. I’m pretty sure it’s a nostalgia thing from when you are little and I should probably keep it there rather than go and end up underwhelmed but any excuse to wander about eating patties and brandy snap sounds good to me!!!

Doctor Who

Actually hang on it’s a bit more exciting than that…


Aaarrggh!!!Soooooo excited !!!!

Ok , so yes Doctor Who .

The Doctor is a woman …but not only that …

She is a Yorkshire woman…not only that…

She’s Jodie Whittaker.

I can’t wait to see how this brand new era on my favourite TV show pans out.

Alongside that Doctor Who is the only show that we will all of us come and sit and watch together and watch in real time . That’s really special .

So I guess as lovely as skipping about in summer dresses bare legged and eating al fresco was . I have to admit . A big Sunday roast followed by getting into fluffy PJs and watching Doctor Who does hold a huge appeal .

* Who’s Larry and why is he so happy ??
It originates from a boxer called Larry Foley in the 1890s, before boxing was fully legalised. He won the biggest prize of about $150,000 and a newspaper article in New Zealand had the headline “Happy As Larry” and the phrase stuck.

Call me a grump but… 

It’s beginning to feel a bit chilly. 

Am I crying for summer back? 

Lamenting the end of  picnics and pretty summery dresses? 

Not at all not one bit. 

We’ve had an odd summer. Now the elder 3 are getting older, they often have plans with their friends rather than wanting to picnic in the park with mum! Added to that small girls holidays with daddy, eldests hols with his pals and other holidays with grandma I feel as though we didn’t really get to spend that much time together really and it left me a bit flat where summer is concerned. I know this is likely how things are going to go now the kids are getting older but I’ll put this year down as a transitionary period and prepare better next year. 

So a chill is in the air and I’m not sad, I like autumn. It’s the kick start to so much good stuff! 

Comfort food 

I like a bbq  as much as the next woman but it  just doesn’t do much for my soul. 

Stew and dumplings, soups, hotpots.. These things make my heart happy! I know! I know! It’s always about the food with me! There’s a whole other kind of giddy reserved for coming in out of the dark and cold to a stew that’s been bubbling away in the slow cooker all day filling the house with yummy smells! 

Even better. . These comfort foods may carry a few more calories than your summer salad but it’s OK because.. . 

Jumpers.. and boots… 

I bloody love a jumper! ! Gone are having to show  your wobbly bits. Fluffy jumper and even the attention seeking boobs are covered up and behaving themselves! Sooo cosy too! OK we all know I’m stuck in a 90s tartan skirt /sweater combo but to mark the start of the season I may treat myself to some new thick black tights!!! Ready for… 

Hull Fair Weather

OK so to those of you not from Hull you’d probably just call this – well weather I suppose. Back in t’day though the week of Hull Fair (early October) was always when your mam would buy you new scarves and gloves. It’s cold, it’s crisp, it’s worthy of gloves but not necessarily a coat! 

I know I’m a Hull bore.. I do I promise. I know I’ve mentioned it’s our  (yes I know I don’t live there  anymore but  it’s still home! ) big City of Culture 2017 year. Should any of you find yourself in the vicinity being culture vultures around October, pay the fair a visit. It’s a spectacle! 

Cosy, dark nights in. . 

The best bit of autumn/winter to me. You’ve tummy’s full of lamb hotpot, you’re all in your pj’s on the sofa watching either Strictly or X Factor (or a movie if you’re too cool for that). No Doctor Who this autumn unfortunately. Hot chocolate on laps, curtains shut, lamps on.. 

My little family and I, cosy and snug? Yes that definitely makes an autumn night for me! 
Besides those children have to make up for their summer desertion to needy mum! ! 

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