Liz’s Diary November 2020: Autumnfest Season
Don’t you just love this time of year? Early this morning I was walking along the beach as the sun rose and the sky and the air seemed to have its own special aura and feeling and the golden hue that comes from the changing foliage is just spectacular.
We don’t actually recognise Halloween, a rather strange and frightening concept I feel! We do however adore “Autumn-fest” and any opportunity to celebrate the wonderful pumpkin! In our household this trusty vegetable not only decorates our front doorstep, but is the basis of hearty warming soups, yummy risottos, spicy muffins; roasted, it makes a delicious salad base and of course the celebrated pumpkin pie which we devour at the end of November is a thanksgiving treat with our American friends. Yes, I am a foodie!
Our house and garden are always decorated with silk maple leaves, glazed gourds, trailing ivy, fairy lights, bowls of acorns and out come the amber votives for tea lights and any orange flowers I can lay my hands on. The TEMPLESPA new WARM GLOW candle and WARM WELCOME aromatic diffuser have given our home a lovely autumnal scent, laced with Seville oranges, spicy woods and cinnamon the fragrance is delicious.
The gorgeous red, orange and yellow tones of this beloved season reminds me of our TRUFFLESQUE Hydrating Radiance Mask. Our results-packed mask delivers amazing results to lift, plump and add a beautiful glow to skin, not to mention the stunning gold colour. It took my breath away when I first saw it! I use it as the perfect pick-me-up for complete skin rejuvenation and essential for a self-care pamper.
If you can’t meet family and friends inside the house, bring the inside out! Get the firepit glowing, throw a few blankets on the chairs, light some outdoor candles, spin some great tunes for atmosphere and invite a few peeps to pop on their cosy outerwear and join you in the garden. Fondues, burgers, pizza, jacket potatoes all taste so much more fun on the patio and you can always greet everyone with a mug of homemade soup, hot chocolate, mulled wine or spiced apple juice to warm them up. A few little sparklers at this time of year is great excitement for the little ones too.
When the clocks change, it signals to me it’s only a couple of months to Christmas, so better get my skates on to do a few things in advance to avoid the last-minute panic. Because none of us this year really know for sure where we will be, who we’ll be with or what our traditions will look like, if you’re like me, you’ll at least want to count on a few “certains” and get ahead with what we CAN do!
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So, I wish you a wonderful November. If you can get out, why not visit an arboretum, forest, lakeside wood or a place with a view? This is me this past weekend visiting the great trees in the South Downs, such history, wisdom and beauty and makes you look up and out, always cathartic.
With love, Liz xx