Your 10 point Autumn tick-list

Autumn is here! Instead of feeling sad about the loss of summer, follow these ten tips and fully embrace the changing season.

  1. Go outside. Crisp autumn walks are the perfect time to up your Insta game. Find those last few flowers, shiny conkers, geese flying south, clear blue skies, even if you must, a shot of your shoes in the leaves. Just don’t inadvertently kick any hedgehogs hiding there.img_9501
  2. Spend a weekend packing your summer clothes in vacuum-sealed bags and store them away under your bed for the winter. It sounds like a lot of effort, but you’ll love having a decluttered wardrobe and you’ll be so excited to bring out your favourite pieces again next summer.
  3. Get involved with squash. I’m not talking about the sport. I’m talking pumpkins, butternuts, spaghetti (it’s gluten free!), acorn, munchkin, heck even courgette counts as a squash. The move to autumn means you can enjoy a bounty of exciting seasonal veg. Plus, they look trés pretty on the side whilst you’re waiting to cook them.  
  4. Crack out the mulled wine. My favourite is ForestGlow (it has Spanish red wine and spiced VODKA) I don’t usually like mulled wine, it’s either too cloying, or just tastes like pot-pourri, but this my friends, this is a game changer. It’s technically a Glögg, but that’s just a fancy Swedish way of saying mulled wine. P.S. do you like the picture? I took it for my friend Freyja’s business.forstglow_1024x1024-1
  5. Grab a new book from your local library. Our local libraries need our support, and what’s more, you’ll be expanding your horizons for the princely sum of diddly-squat. Maybe some poetry to enjoy on a park bench as you walk?
  6. Up your hot chocolate game. I’m getting married next October, and although I’m sad not to have a sunny wedding complete with prosecco on a lawn, I’m chuffed to know I’m saving thousands of pounds AND I CAN HAVE A SPIKED HOT CHOCOLATE BAR! In the noble name of wedding research, I’m already experimenting. Pinterest is a goldmine for ideas, like this Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon and Orange liqueur from Call Me Cupcakehot-chocolate
  7. Start taking long, relaxing baths. I’ve started saving my coffee grounds and mixing them with sea salt to give myself an indulgent but economical body exfoliant. Seriously, the next day my skin is baby-soft.
  8. Up your skincare routine. The elements are about to get brutal with your lovely face. I’ve been using Bare Minerals makeup for a while now, and I love their oil cleanser. Applying it feels like a mini facial, then you just wash it off with water. Then I follow it up with an organic moisturiser. At the moment I’m working my way through a bottle of Fushi, that stuff lasts forever.
  9. The nights are closing in, you can totally treat yourself to some new candles to enjoy the dusk (and use during aforementioned luxury bathtimes). I highly recommend beefayre. They have the most stunning fragrances (spiced orange, winter berries, rhubarb and raspberry to name a few), they’re lovely natural beeswax not paraffin, come in delightfully illustrated glasses (which make great keepsakes) AND they donate 3% of profits to bee conservation and research. HeroicRhubarb & Raspberry home fragrance kit from beefayre
  10. Now your calendar is suddenly a lot, well, emptier (where have all the barbecues gone?) consider adopting new hobby, or learning a new skill. I just went to an incense making class as part of Japan Centre’s Kyoto Fair, and I’m about to start screen printing my wedding decorations (bowler hat bunting here we come).

British Farm Visit: Eversfield Organic // Long Read

I’ve resisted writing this post since September, as each time I started writing, I felt wary. Meat is an extremely polarising topic, and I’ve found it hard to put my thoughts down for fear of saying something inauthentic, or worse, causing offence inadvertently to any vegan or vegetarian readers.

Head to Tone Blog: female pheasant and chicks at Eversfield Farm

Female pheasant and chicks spotted in the foliage at Eversfield Organic Farm.

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Thoughts on (im)perfection.

Just before Christmas Hatty hosted drinks in Finsbury Park, and I had the pleasure of meeting her friend Sammy, also a blogger. We got chatting about blogging and she complimented my writing style. I can’t remember exactly what she said, but it was along the lines of finding it down to earth and approachable.

Photo of Nom looking silly on the beach at St Michaels Mount, Cornwall. Head to Tone photos.

A classic example of one of my more special photo faces.

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Caffeine Free Tea Review: Teapigs Sweet Ginger

I just finished my last bag of Teapigs Sweet Ginger tea. And I am sad about that. Here’s my first caffeine free tea review.

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Breakfast – now with added Cinnamon Roll coconut butter

It’s not very British, or very healthy, but the thing that is most likely to tempt me off the wheat free wagon is not pasta, or sandwiches, but cinnamon rolls. Having made and tried them as a child at a friend’s house (she had an American mother), they’ve always seemed exotic, exciting, and omg delicious. When the Cardiff Sports Nutrition team got in touch to ask if we’d like to try any of their flavoured nut butters and I saw this guy, I was like, head over heels with excitement.

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Wonderment for Wonderush (Free discount code!)

Last Saturday, Nom and I had a fantastic day with the guys from Wonderush sampling some of the vast array of classes and activities they offer. In the space of a few hours we took our first steps of Salsa, stretched and bonded in ‘Social Yoga’, tried our hand at life drawing and belted out some tunes during Ukelele practice.


True That

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8 Things to do in Derbyshire: An Insider’s Guide

Recently a colleague told me she was visiting Derbyshire for the weekend. I squealed with delight and told her that was where I came from, before reeling off a host of my favourite places to visit in the ‘shire. She smiled and asked me to write it all down on an email. I thought, if that’s useful for her, somebody else might find it useful too. So here you are, my most treasured spots in Derbyshire – the perfect collection for a weekend away.
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The beautiful Peak District

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How to forage a feast for free this Autumn

Autumn is well underway. #PSL advertising is everywhere, leaves are changing colour, jumpers and scarves (and umbrellas) are out, nature is at its most bountiful. Fruits, nuts and berries can be spotted everywhere. Have you ever considered eating them? Maybe as a child you picked blackberries, or elderberries. Perhaps you’ve even made sloe gin as a grown up. But have you ever foraged as an adult?

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Naughty but Oh-so Nice–Madeleine Shaw’s deliciously wicked raw chocolate fudge

I don’t think I could be accused of making a sweeping statement if I said that most people like chocolate. Health conscious and otherwise. For me, it’s always in the dip a few hours after lunch but when dinner is still a long way off. Somewhere around 4 o’clock. A longing (or should that be ‘sugar craving’) starts creeping in and it becomes harder and harder to fight the urge to give in and buy chocolate. The chocolate available is usually poor quality and full of sugar. Not really chocolate at all. So giving into said cravings is far from ideal.

However, since I discovered Madeleine Shaw’s raw chocolate fudge, I feel a whole lot less guilty, and a lot more satisfied. Based on just four core ingredients (coconut oil, almond butter, raw cacao and honey), they really, really hit the spot. Rich, sweet, chocolatey–they melt in your mouth. What’s more, they’re actually pretty filling, packed full of nourishing nutrition, as well as sweetness. So it only really takes a tiny square to kick the craving and let you descend into chocolatey-bliss.

Madeleine Shaw's Raw Chocolate Fudge with Cranberries

Madeleine Shaw’s Raw Chocolate Fudge with Cranberries

Here is my (slightly tweaked version) of Madeleine’s recipe. You can view the original over here on her blog.

I usually mix the ingredients by hand. I don’t think a food processor is strictly necessary but it will give you a smoother blend.

Do you have any go-to treat recipes at the moment? Please let me know in the comments below.

Raw Chocolate Fudge with Dried Cranberries. 

  • 100g of coconut oil
  • 100g of almond butter
  • 50g of raw cacao
  • 100g of honey
  • 50g dried cranberries (other dried fruit eg. cherries also work well)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract


  1. Mix the coconut oil and almond butter together in your food processor. (I also add the honey and vanilla extract at this stage too, although Madeleine recommends you do this after sieving in the raw cacao).
  2. Sieve the raw cacao into the mixture
  3. If you haven’t already done so, add the honey and vanilla extract. Blend everything together in the food processor.
  4. Add your dried fruit to the mixture and stir with a wooden spoon (definitely don’t blend this).
  5. Pour the mixture into a tray lined with greaseproof paper and stick it in the freezer for at least 30 mins.
  6. Remove from the freezer and roughly chop into small squares. Keep in the fridge to avoid melting.


London Running Routes: Angel to London Fields along the Canal

As the nights draw in and the weather turns bleaker, it’s more tempting than ever to skip a run outdoors and settle instead for the treadmill. Don’t give in to the temptation though! I want to remind you all of the joys of running outside, and inspire you to discover new routes around the city.

London Runs: Canal Angel to London Fields

It might sound rather shocking, but I confess that I had been living in London city for roughly two decades before I discovered the delights of its canal network. Snaking through some of London’s most popular landmarks (the Zoo, Camden Town) , and traversing areas not quite so high on the tourist list (Ladbroke Grove, Haggerston), the canals offer a slice of London viewed from an entirely different perspective. Slowed down, spaced out… a chance to escape the roar of heavy traffic and replace it with the soft lull of a longboat’s engine, the glass chink of a waterside toast, or the indignant squawking of ducks fighting over breadcrumbs. In other words… enchanting.   Continue reading