I don’t know about your part of the world, but the weather is getting decidedly cooler up here in the north of the UK. Out have come the scarves and gloves, the heating’s turned on and extra blankets are on the beds. School runs are completed that little bit faster, and weather reports are scanned for mentions of snow and frost. The younger generation crossing their fingers, whilst others hope for a return of the milder weather. I wonder which camp you belong in….are you experiencing colder conditions, too?

As this cooler weather has meant spending more time indoors, I’ve put together a few of the things that I’ve been loving recently…hopefully they’ll cheer you up, too.


Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman. I really loved this novel and found it hard to put down. The main character is endearing, and by the end I was rooting for her, embracing her quirks and smiling at her witty observations on life. At times sad, funny, poignant and heart-breaking…it’s a beautifully crafted first novel from this author. Needless to say, I’m hoping for a sequel!

Notes On Perfection by Invisibly Me.  ~ An interesting blog post on the merits, or absurdity, of striving for perfection. I found it so very relatable on a number of levels. 

Mantras to Stop Impulse Buying by More Time Than Money – an inspiring post to help you think more carefully about spending money – and to hopefully spend less. With Christmas right around the corner, this post includes some great mantras to repeat to yourself when you get the urge to spend. One of my (many) favourite’s is, “This can stay money.” 


I could spend hours on Instagram – from looking up my favourite accounts to searching for places I want to re/visit. These are a couple of  accounts that I’ve been enjoying recently.

FrugalJoy – Thriving on a frugal lifestyle. A lovely account which combines saving money with happiness and adventure ~ Most recently a solo trip to Verona, Italy. Just perfect for helping you realise that it doesn’t need to cost a fortune to follow your dreams. You can follow FrugalJoy here.

smalldeeds4theplanet – Ideas for small changes you can make to help Mother Earth 🌍 As much as I want to lead a more environmentally friendly existence, I sometimes find it difficult to know where to start. And (if I’m honest), feel a little bit outfaced by people who manage to adopt a greener lifestyle so seamlessly.  Accounts like this one inspire me to make little changes  & to realise that this is okay. You can follow this account here.


Everyone needs a good giggle now and then, don’t they? These comedy podcasts from the BBC – Simon Mayo’s Confessions -make me laugh out loud, and even better they’re free and family friendly. Definitely the perfect accompaniment for a boring/monotonous task or a long car journey. Aside from being funny, it’s quietly comforting to realise that you’re not the only one to really mess up sometimes.

Getting outdoors

In the words of Alfred Wainwright, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Whatever the weather, we still try to wrap up warm and head out to the lakes when we can. You can find photos from our walks further down the page and on Instagram.

I wonder what you’re enjoying on these colder days. Perhaps you’re preparing for Christmas or enjoying getting outdoors? I’d love to hear about your favourites and your plans, please comment below if you can.

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21 comments on “Autumn/Winter Favourites”

  1. We got our first snow today here in Virginia. It’s a little too warm to stick, but it’s still pretty coming down! I’ve been snuggled inside, in front of a window, writing Christmas cards.

  2. Following those new Instagram accounts! They sound amazing! I’m spending all my time at the moment preparing everything for Christmas! I started in September, you’d think I’d be ready by now!

  3. Not come across the Simon Mayo Confessions before, and must admit I never really listen to podcasts so thanks for this – will be checking it out! Definitely think that laughter can be the best medicine sometimes 🙂

  4. We haven’t had much snow on the east coast, but it’s been lovely and crisp and bright over the weekend. I’m very happy to discover smalldeeds4theplanet… It’s a real inspiration to get out and enjoy the planet as well as care (and often worry) about it! Thank you
    PS – I love that photo of the wintery trees!

    • Hi, Elaine! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments. I wonder if you’ve had any more snow? We keep watching the forecast but only seem to be getting rain over here in the north west 🙂

  5. I’m glad I found your blog. I’ve been reading lots and love this post! I love your Instagram choices too so have followed those. I also want to check out this book; I’m always on the look out for a good read! It’s cold in Wiltshire but we haven’t had any real settling snow which is a shame but it’s still beautiful. I found your blog through #MMBC

  6. I love the cold wintery weather myself. I also agree than Instagram is my new time wasting confession, I spend ages on there looking at pictures and reading what people have captured in those little squares!

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