3 November 2016

October Happenings

Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden

Hello, readers, and happy November! I think basically every November since I was about ten I've stated "I can't believe how fast the year has gone!" in absolute disbelief, but really, where the HELL has 2016 gone? Now, I must tell you, this year has been a complete mess for me - I've felt all over the show. Not emotionally, but just with finding a general direction of where my life is going. However, I do feel as though I'm getting somewhat on track for 2017 and that the anxiety of the year is beginning to slide away now that CHRISTMAS is on the horizon.

But enough of all that, let's talk about my new and improved; rejuvenated; refreshed; reformed blog darling! The amazing people at Pipdig hooked me up, and with a new layout comes some serious new content. I've got a little bonfire night post hopefully in the works for you next week, but for now, I wanted to introduce to you hopefully a series of what I can only describe as "rambly diary-style posts". I write a lot on The Sweet Seven Five about the places I visit and what I get up to, but I don't really mention enough about myself and what I do when I'm not off on some sort of adventure. So as I welcome you to the glorious month that is November, I also welcome you to my first of, hopefully many, monthly diary posts.


October was a really fun month for me and definitely passed by quicker than I would have liked. On the 1st, I dragged my boyfriend to town to treat myself to a PSL and some of Lush's Autumn and Christmas range bath bombs! We also went to Manchester's stunning cathedral and had lunch at Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant chain, based in the Corn Exchange. That fun day out set the tone for the rest of the month, and I've enjoyed so far pulling my faux fur coats out of the back of the wardrobe and sporting them with scarves and ankle boots. One of the best things about this time of year is the fashion!

Once again, I didn't have a mad Halloween of drinking and partying (hopefully next year) but I did mark the occasion. A week before, me and Luke ventured to Kenyon Hall Farm in Warrington where they were holding their annual pumpkin festival. It was my first time visiting a pumpkin patch, and it's probably the most autumnal activity I've ever done! After picking our pumpkins, we sat down to carve them in the farm's pumpkin carving tent. That proper put me in the mood for Halloween, and all through the week I was shrouded in excitement. 


For Halloween weekend, I went to town on the Saturday evening to see the new Oasis film, Supersonic. It's already out on DVD, but being a pretty solid Oasis fan, plus the fact I'd visited the exhibition at Old Granada Studios earlier in the week, put me in the mood to watch it on the big screen. Plus, any excuse to sit in a comfy chair in a dark room for two hours eating popcorn and drinking Tango Ice Blast, you know? 

I also watched the entire series of Stranger Things in the week leading up to Halloween too. Since Game of Thrones announced they wouldn't be coming back until Winter 2017 (seriously?) I've been searching for a new series to get absolutely addicted too, and Stranger Things is it. The 80s setting is incredible; the casting is perfect; the twists and turns are gripping; the music is the cherry on top. I can't rave enough about this series, I'm just mad I wasn't on the hype in Summer when everybody else was. However, I feel like October was the ideal time to begin watching, because I saw the last episode on Halloween (and what an episode THAT was, oh El ♥) which I thought was quite appropriate (and if you haven't seen it yet you can still catch it over on Netflix!)

I also childishly spent Halloween baking 'Happy Halloween' chocolate cupcakes which went horrifyingly wrong. My boyfriend put butter into the mix when he was supposed to put it in the icing, and then I nearly poisoned us by topping them with Food Contact Glitter instead of edible glitter (totally NOT the same thing according to Google). We definitely won't be winning GBBO any time soon, but after that fiasco we did settle down with a cup of tea to watch Hocus Pocus, so all was not lost. And for those who also watched Hocus Pocus this Halloween, how savage are Disney? We swear they made fun of the fact that guy was a virgin about 20 times lmao.

Anyway...overall, I had an amazing October! I am in love with this time of year, from the autumnal colours to the subtle sense of excitement in the air. It's put me in a good mood going into November, and I'm excited to begin getting ready for Christmas and doing more festive activities, such as going to a bonfire night this Saturday! So, that's pretty much my month in a nutshell. Have you had a good October? And have you enjoyed me chatting away at you? Let me know in the comment section below! TTYL B*TCHES.

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