This week…

We’ve been busy this week preparing for our new arrival. I was chatting to a lovely lady on Instagram about puppies, and dachshunds in particular, and telling her that I’ve been 90% excited and 10% petrified about Ernie coming to live with us.
I’m so looking forward to having a new challenge, and a little companion during the day when the kiddos are at school, but equally am feeling a bit out of my depth with knowing how to train him properly.
It’s a bit like being a new mum in some ways I suppose.
Anyhow, here he is!







Hello Mr! 🙂

In other news, hasn’t the weather been lovely this week?  The sort of Autumnal days that make my heart sing. We even had frost one morning, and it made me so excited for early strolls in crunchy leaves and misty blue skies before the sun is properly awake. This is my season for sure!






Speaking of which, I feel like Autumn is the season of tweed and houndstooth (and if you can’t get away with it in the middle of the country then where can you really?) I’ve definitely had a little empty space for them in my wardrobe and this little coat is filling the void. It’s thin enough to be cool when the temperatures are a bit warmer in the afternoon too. Loving that!







I’ve been very proud of this little one this week too. She’s had a few setbacks with her reading since starting school and is having a bit of extra help now. She has adapted to it so well and her confidence has already improved so much. I’m so thankful for an amazing team at our Primary school, who are completely dedicated to supporting and helping every child. It’s going to be a bit of a journey with Annie, but I feel totally confident that she’s in such good hands.






Hydrangea update!!
They all died guys! Not in the pretty, dried, withered way. More the mouldy, wilted way.
Sad face. 🙁
Oh well, on the upside I did get to enjoy a house full of them for a short while there. Silver linings and all that.






And I’ve been cutting the last of our garden pretties this week too, before the frost gets them. One thing we grow brilliantly is herbs (I think they just do their own thing really, don’t they? I totally subscribe to that type of gardening!) I love the smell of Rosemary in the house at the minute, and we also are loving the Lemon Verbena that we planted for the first this year. I’ve no idea at all what you’re supposed to do with it in terms of cooking though?
Answers on a postcard!







This gorgeous tray is from my latest homewares discovery The Other Duckling.  They have such pretty vintage things!

Oh, and lastly, I wanted to share some Autumn/Winter home scents with you. I was going to do a whole post on this and then figured it might be a bit of a rubbish one as I pretty much stick to the same smells every year. From about now, right through to March time I love the smell of cinnamon and orange in our home. I use both candles and radiator sachets, and my absolute favourites are Greenleaf sachets in Hope, and The White Company’s Winter candle. If you can get both going at the same time, that’s the dream team right there.
Other strong contenders this year are Yankee’s Tarte Tatin (really Autumnal and apple-y) and an old favourite of mine, their Cranberry Pear.
I feel like if you do fruit with cinnamon it’s less overpowering maybe? And you better believe that this has been carefully judged and assessed.
I’m committed to getting the balance just right for you friends. 😉

I hope you have a really lovely weekend everyone. Think of me in the 6am frost trying to make Ern do a pee, won’t you?
New beginnings! 🙂


E x


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  1. September 18, 2015 / 9:10 am

    It is terrifying isn’t it. I remember getting our tiny little puppy 7 years ago. I hadn’t a clue what to do. He was sick on the car journey home (not to mention the little poop he left too). Everyone was so excited that Sunday. And then come Monday morning the kids went to school, the hubby to work and I was left on my own! But he was so loving and funny that you couldn’t help but fall in love. I cleared my diary for a couple of weeks and focussed on getting him in to a routine and house trained. It was the best thing I could have done. Good luck Emma, he looks gorgeous x

  2. September 18, 2015 / 11:35 am

    I got a 20% code for the white company so have bought myself a £20 Winter candle tee hee. It’s gorgeous. Loving all these pics. My hydrangeas aren’t looking great I have to admit, but your clippings have inspired me to bring my other flowers inside before winter hits. Might as well enjoy them somewhere eh? Have a gorgeous weekend lovely xx
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  3. September 18, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Hello Ernie how gorgeous are you?! Keep Emma company ok!! I think the Lemon Verbena is what we have two bushes of in our garden and I have no idea what to do with it either so keep me posted! That dish is beautiful I’m going to have to go and have a look at their website! Have a lovely weekend and I hope you enjoy your early morning strolls with Ernie and the frost x

  4. September 18, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Oh Emma… that pup!! He is absolutely gorgeous and really not what we need to see when convincing ourselves that we are absolutely, definitely not every getting a dog, like we’ve always agreed (mild mind Love your choice of smells – love the greenleaf ones! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures with Ernie!!
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  5. September 21, 2015 / 12:37 am

    Hello Ernie! Lovely to meet your new addition! Exciting times. Thanks for the candle recommendations… You know I’ma sucker for a scented candle! I have a few new autumny ones I can’t wait to whip out on Wednesday (the official start of autumn, don’t you know?!) love little Annie, such a wee pet. So wonderful when you have confidence that they are working with you for her good. Lots of love xxx

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