Goodbye Summer ... Hello September

The mornings are getting noticeably chillier and outside there is a definite autumnal smell in the air that wasn’t there a week ago. The need to open all the windows and doors in an attempt to encourage a cool breeze flow through the house has now passed and there is an instinctive urge to cosy up in the evenings.

September is usually a sunny month which means there is still time for lunches in the garden and the occasional dinner too. It’s so relaxing to light the fire or chiminea and sit outdoors even after it has gone dark with blankets around our knees and just a few candles for light.

Better make the most of it - by the first week of October, the colder weather will be here to stay for a good while yet and thoughts of the summer will be well and truly wrapped up for another year.


Photo by Alisa Anton

Embracing Autumn This Bonfire Night

With nights drawing in, and a nip of cold in the air, it’s clear that we are no longer in summer, and are well and truly in autumn. And although Halloween seems so enticing, with promises of sweets and thrills, there’s nothing that promises cosiness and warmth quite like Bonfire night. 

There are many ways to celebrate Bonfire night – whether its going to a public display, or staying at home with a few friends. But there’s always something you can do to make the evening as homely and warm as it should be. 

Getting in the mood is very simple, all it takes is a few blankets and hot drinks. These are easy to do no matter what your plans – a thermos full of hot chocolate (maybe even mulled wine if you’re keen) can be taken to public displays and take the edge off a night which can get a little bit chilly. Our Luxury Toasting Boxes are also a great idea to ready you for the evening ahead, especially if you’re hosting. They can be used inside or outside and are a really fun, cool thing to do. The great range of flavours also means that they can be enjoyed by you and all your friends. 

The most important thing though, as always, is to stay safe and warm. Lots of layers and tasty treats – think toffee apples, toasted marshmallows and jacket potatoes – and you’re sure to have a great night.