Life's Cup of Tea

Sunday, 20 September 2015

That end of Summer feeling

Summer is in it's dying days, christmas gifts are already lining the shelves of shops and my car is beginning to get that really annoying condensation in the mornings. That's right, Autumn is on it's way! Here's what I love about this time of the year...

1// Fashion. Autumn fashion is the best, the perfect balance between the practical-yet-ugly depths of winter style and the how-little-can-I-decently-wear hight of summer.  The darker colours, boots, scarves and thick tights. Goodbye shaving everyday, hellloooo an extra 5 minutes a day!

2// Autumn TV. After a Summer drought of television, my evenings and weekends have suddenly become full once again. Between MIC, GBBO, Dr Who, Strictly and X Factor I will hardly be leaving my sofa which is just as well...

3// Snuggles. Getting home into your onesie, cradling a hot chocolate while snuggled up in bed because it is 'just that cold' is the best way to spend the evening. Fairy lights, check. Candles, check. Hot water bottle, check.

4//Dark evenings. Sure it's nice to leave work in broad daylight and STILL have hours to while away in the sunshine. But there is something about dark evenings that are just so much more... snug.

5// Autumn Food. After a summer of lighter foods, I love when my appetite for warmer stodgier foods comes back. Butternut Squash, thick soups and apple-berry crumbles are all back on the menu!

6// Pretty Scenes. The British countryside looks pretty good most times of the year especially at this time of year with the orange leaves, morning mist and the chance of seeing Mr Squirrel with his acorn.

7// Autumn Entertainment. Let's face it, anything that is anything is in Autumn or Winter (apart from Easter or a certain someone's birthday of course!)


Sunday, 13 September 2015

A day in Blackpool

Having grown up in a seaside resort in Devon, I am really quite partial to chips on the beach, arcades and hoards of seagulls. I was therefore not really in the position to say no when it was suggested as a day trip destination. Actually, I lie, I practically begged to go there. As the man in my life is a Lancashire Lad it made total sense for him to give me the grand tour. Ninety minutes after leaving home, we had the famous tower in out sites. This is Blackpool. 
I was pretty excited about my trip, as I hadn't seen the sea for a fair while. Having parked up at Bispham we hopped on one of the trams to North Pier and headed straight for the tower. A reasonable £13.50 later and we were whizzing up the lift to the top. 

Test your nerves and walk on the see through floor 148m up. I wasn't too keen initially, but in the end I didn't want to get off it! There is something incredibly unnatural about being able to see far far beneath your feet but a great unnatural feeling!
 As well as looking down under our feet, we were able to climb some more stairs almost to the summit of the tower from where the view was stunning, reaching as far as Wales one way and Morecambe bay the other. We were lucky, there was not a cloud in the sky. The view of this legendary stretch of coast from this height was spectacular, also great for a bit of people spotting.
 After our Tower thrill we headed to the arcades and piers where I am not even ashamed to admit, spent a lot of time and 2p's before heading for a sit down meal of fish and chips (or sausage and chips in my fish-phobic case!) and brew. Once the sun set the Blackpool Illuminations came to life so we walked along the seafront admiring all the twinkling lights all while helping burn off some of the days seaside calories!
I had a magical day in Blackpool, and will definitely be returning to do all the things we just didn't have time to do (cough ballroom cough). That's definitely another place ticked off my UK Wanderlust list!