Last Friday was the Autumn Equinox, officially the first day of Autumn – which is exactly what I told the bloke in the lift on the ride up from the car park in John Lewis when he mentioned how lovely the weather was (I totally looked like I knew my stuff, but the truth is I was as oblivious as he was until I saw people tweeting about it over breakfast). It really was nice out – and having been stuck inside all week feeling a bit ill, I’d decided earlier that morning to get out, enjoy it and feel a bit more like myself again. 🙂
Every day (…and not just the lovely sunny days) starts off with a walk in the field with Bungle. We’ve had some off-lead trust issues until recently, when he snapped his fifth lead in as many months. He’s getting too strong for me to walk him! What used to be a tug-of-war around the field every morning has become so much nicer now that I can trust him to come back!
I left Bungle snoozing in the kitchen and drove into Cardiff, which was looking stunning in the sunshine. At the moment there are lots of big painted dogs – “Snow Dogs” – guarding various spots across the city. Each one is different and you can download a trail map to find them all and raise money for Tŷ Hafan in the process! I found this very Autumny one outside the library on The Hayes. It’s such a lovely idea and reminds me of something similar I saw in Berlin, but with bears instead.
Popped into my fave, H&M, to visit the clothes. I love Autumnal Fashion, and came away with a couple of jumpers to replace some shrunken, moth-eaten ones hanging around at the back of my cupboard.
Headed to Barker Tea House in the arcade for a pit stop. I can’t rave about Barker enough, everything about it is cosy – from the candles, blankets and wing back chairs, to the food and drink. I snuggled up with a book, a brownie and a coconut hot chocolate with cream, marshmallows and a flake (although the flake had drowned by the time I sat down…).
Sang along to Paramore’s new album all the way home to see this guy (…and the present he’d left for me on the kitchen floor…).
Had a lazy afternoon catching up with some housework (and Youtube…) until Sunny came home, then I cooked up a red pepper risotto for us for dinner. It’s not Sunny’s favourite, it has to be said, but I love eating risotto this time of year – it’s warm and gloopy and satisfying.
What did you get up to last weekend? ♡