We’re now well into October which means cosy nights, comfort food and pumpkin featuring heavily in everything. One of my favourite things to make at this time of year is pumpkin soup, as it’s quick and easy to prepare and tastes amazing.
I used one of the pumpkins we picked ourselves and turned the left-over pumpkin into a serving bowl which helped keep it warm on the table and made for quite a cute Autumnal centrepiece.
We got back to the hotel and had enough time to freshen up before we sat for dinner. It had been an incredible but very long day and we were both completely exhausted.
Thankfully we were able to decorate the room the night before. We brought everything on the table from the pinecones to the tea lights in our suitcases. Amazingly nothing was broken and I think considering we could only bring what would fit into a suitcase and not break on a plane our table looked cute!
Yesterday Rachel and I attended the Lush Winter 2016 event, a night for bloggers hosted at our local Lush Cardiff -soon to be Lush Cardiff SPA!- where we were invited to try out the new products which have launched recently.
I love this time of year! All the seasonal collections launch and Christmas is fast approaching. Tomorrow is the Lush Cardiff Winter blogger event which I’ve been looking forward to since last year’s event was a lot of fun.
I like to stock up when the Winter collection lands in store, so decided to do my order online this year. I love how many new products launched and that some of my all time favourites came back for another year.
Of all the products I picked up in my recent Lush Halloween haul, Pumpkin bath bomb was the one which excited me most, so naturally I had to try it straight away.
I hate photos of myself as a rule so was slightly dreading having our photos taken on our wedding day, but because it was such a special day all I see when I look at these is how happy I was. My mother-in-law is a professional photographer and so she did our photos which made the whole thing so much more relaxed.
If I’m honest last year’s Halloween offering from Lush left me feeling slightly disappointed. It was grouped with the Winter collection which was considerably larger and featured only a handful of products. I’m still scared by the frustration of trying to shower using that jelly bat thing, which would come flying out of your grip every 30 seconds and stained everything it touched purple.
That year Lush Oxford St had opened and the focus seemed to be on the Summer launch which featured lots of new products, my guess being that Halloween and other smaller holidays like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day had fewer products because of this.
2016 so far has been comparatively quieter for Lush, with no big Summer launches. I’ve been eagerly awaiting news of the Winter launches, hoping for something new and so was excited to get a glimpse of what was coming during the big Lush Creative Showcase event. A week or so later Halloween items launched in-store, having a small headstart before the Winter ones follow.
I’ve always wanted to go to a pumpkin patch and pick my own pumpkin like you see on American films and TV, so internally jumped for joy when I saw that Hendrewennol -our local pick-your-own fruit farm- would be having pumpkins this year. The majority of our renovation work is going on throughout October and I’ll be completely without a kitchen for weeks, so I decided to do a little pumpkin cooking in September.
After the ceremony had finished, we put the champagne on ice -quite literally- ready for a toast. It all felt so surreal but after the ceremony I had the chance to just hug Aaron and speak to him for a few moments whilst we took in the fact we were finally married and how amazing it had been.
It took about 20 minutes to walk from the car to the glacier edge, along a rough path. Everyone who passed us noticed us -unsurprisingly- and we heard what I assume were congratulations in many different languages.
I was so completely panicked with anxiety that I considered asking for a few moments before it began, to calm myself. It was all unfolding in-front of me though and this was the moment I had dreamed about for the past year, there was no way I could stop and risk ruining the moment of walking down the aisle (or in our case, sliding down a bit of volcanic rock covered glacial ice as gracefully as possible with three people in tow).