This ‘life lately’ instalment is long overdue. For whatever reason, the compulsion to write had just passed me by until now. 

It has been an interesting few months. I feel like summer came and went in the blink of an eye, as is often the case here in Britain. 

I am very much welcoming some of the cosy autumnal rituals that are part and parcel of this time of year, such as log fires and pumpkin spice lattes (basic, I know), especially as this will be my first autumn/winter since returning to the UK

In addition to sharing a few recent snaps, I generally also like to offer up any poignant thoughts or realisations that have come to me. On that front, I don’t have a lot to share this time.

That said, I do feel that life works in mysterious ways to teach us lessons. For me, this recently came in the form of a reminder of who and what is important in life. The only things that really matter in life are those few people who really love you and have your back. Having a small inner circle of people who love you for you is one of life’s biggest privileges. 

“Never forget three types of people in your life: Those who helped you in your difficult times, those who left you in difficult times, and those who put you in difficult times.” 

It’s good to be back. Until next month.

Working on laptop outside

Soaking in the last of the good weather.

Homegrown apples

Homegrown apples picked from the garden.

Rhossili Bay sunflowers - Gower

Rhossili Bay sunflowers. An unmissable Insa snap for anyone visiting the Gower during the summer months.

Homegrown apples

Found quite the windfall.

At home

At home.

Homemade Japanese pancakes

My first ever attempt at making Japanese pancakes. Rather pleased with how they turned out!

Grape and Olive Swansea

Out for a family birthday at Grape and Olive in Swansea.

Principal Manchester

At the Principal, Manchester for an epic roast. Highly recommend.

Selfridges Manchester

Shopping in Selfridges with my best friend.

San Carlo Manchester

Pudding at San Carlo Cicchetti, Manchester.

Exploring Manchester

Wandering around Manchester.

Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral.

Opera Grill - Chester

Opera Grill, Chester.

Upstairs at the Grill Chester

Oysters 3 ways at Upstairs at the Grill, Chester.

Upstairs at the Grill Chester

The cosy bar at Upstairs at the Grill, Chester.

Prohibition Chester

Prohibition cocktail bar, Chester.

All black outfit for autumn

Breaking out the all-black outfits for autumn.

Coaltown Coffee

Joined by my mum.

Coaltown Coffee

At Coaltown Coffee, a wonderful Welsh independent coffee roastery. There’s something very exciting about the first pumpkin spice latte of the season.

Open fire

First log fire of the season.

Open fire

Getting cosy.

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