O Christmas tree(s).

There are only three days to the start of Advent. I’m so very excited and very determined to enjoy every single day of December — because for me, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. It might be a little tough because, for some reason, the last month of the year tends to be super busy. However, I have so many plans already how to make the most of the season and I hope that there will be time to take a couple days off and just enjoy the magic.
To get us into the Christmas spirit, we’ve already put up two of our trees. (We have a big house and I insist on having a tree in my bedroom so the number of trees can really add up quickly. :P) One of them is silver and gold, the other one is silver and purple. Unfortunately, I had to get rid of the white tree from last year because the top of the branches got terribly yellow and it looked horrid. I have no idea how that happened because for the two last winter there were maybe 5 sunny days altogether and therefore I didn’t expect such a thing to happen.

Have you started getting for Christmas yet? And what are your plans for December?

Tree #2. I really love the lights. When they’re off, they look like giant snowballs and when they’re on they’re all sparkly and huge and wonderful. β™₯

My bedroom’s all festive now.

Early autumn in Stromovka.

The following pictures are from the beginning of October. We took Eda to Stromovka, her favourite park in Prague. While we were there, I tried to look for as many signs of autumn as possible. Many of the trees are bare now, of course, but I wanted to post the photos anyway because it was such a nice morning.

There were only hints of red and yellow then.

Eda was watching the ducks.

And then I tried to make her pose.

But she just wouldn’t look at me.

Eda met a friend of hers.

They played for a bit but the other dog was a bit frustrated with Eda because Eda’s way too quick and her friend was used to being the one who chases other dogs.

I love that park.

This was the view from our hotel window the next morning.

Can you spot the Moon?

Pumpkin world.

We may have a new tradition. We discovered a small farm not too far away from where we live where they grow and sell pumpkins. We haven’t got many of these around here and we were intrigued so 2 weeks ago we decided to go there and see if it might be worth a yearly trip.

As you might expect, there are pumpkins everywhere – different kinds, different sizes, different colours. I loved that.

There was also a really cute pig that, unfortunately, did not want to pose for a proper close-up.

But seriously, if you love pumpkins as much as I do, this place is a paradise.

It was such a perfect day for an autumn/Halloween themed trip!

This old chap was standing guard.

And they have bunnies, too! Huge bunnies.

There was also a barn where you could go and carve/paint your pumpkin — and then either take it with you or leave it there on display.

I kept getting Children of the Corn vibes. :P

They have pumpkin pyramids!

Just look at that. Isn’t it gorgeous?

The weather was truly perfect that day.

Mum loved it there.

They even have a corn maze!

It may not look it from the photos but it was really busy.

If you dare, you can make your way up to the spooky tower. You have to climb up a couple of wooden ladders to get there but it’s definitely worth it.

And before you go, you can have their home-made pumpkin soup. We had some and I can vouch for its deliciousness.

We spent there almost an hour and a half and we bought 4 amazing pumpkins.

And this was what we drove through on the way home. It was an incredible trip and I’m looking forward to it becoming a tradition for us.

Autumn – as of last week.

I took some photos last week and this week just to illustrate the change from week to week — and the difference is insane! Here are last week’s photos — this week’s batch will be up in a couple of days.

8th October

Last week I felt like autumn hadn’t fully decided to come yet.

Well, some trees were trying at least. :P

I love the cemetery this time of the year.

This is a close-up of the linden tree in front of our house last Wednesday.

Drive-by snapshots.

My favourite linden tree seems to have finally noticed that it’s autumn. There are new yellow leaves there every day!
I’ll take another photo a week from now just to compare. :)

I stopped by Claire’s on Friday and couldn’t resist. :P

This was my Sunday lunch. It was a brand new recipe and definitely one that I’m going to file among my favourites. This is a black-eyed beans & quinoa salad. There are so many good things in it — namely vegetable broth, spring onions, tomatoes, coriander, cashew butter, yeast, garlic, smoked pepper, mustard, black pepper and lemon juice. It was terrific!

October haul from Candy Store.

Now this was a very well-timed delivery! That Coffee-mate was supposed to be Pumpkin Spice but apparently they only have it in stock before Christmas. That bag of Reese’s is going to be a huge problem, though… they’re my favourite and I completely lack self control when it comes to them. :P

Almost October.

Despite the fact that we have been having more foggy mornings lately, the weather is still surprisingly warm for autumn.

The season doesn’t care about the weather much, though. :)

I found these on my way home from skating practice on Saturday. It reminded me of my childhood and how me and my sister used to make animals out of chestnuts and matchsticks.

We also had a very autumn-coloured lunch on Saturday: turkey pieces with home-made sweet potato chips and chunky applesauce.

And because October is quite literally around the corner, we bought this new pumpkin lantern and put it up right away.

Time to start on my horror films collections, I think!

Hello, autumn!

Last weekend, me and my mum went to the theatre. It was the first play of the season and it was Some Like It Hot. It was brilliant and hilarious. I really missed going to the theatre over the summer!

This is what my mum wore. She looks so good in black and silver!

And this is what I wore. (Ignore the hair, that was a mess.)

There’s this e-shop here that makes these tulle skirts. I’ve already got two of them and I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting another one next year. They’re absolutely stunning, you can wear them casually with a t-shirt or dress them up with a fancy top — and they always fit because you simply wrap the skirt around, tie it at the waist and you’re good to go.

The rest of the weekend was infused with pumpkins. We made a pumpkin smoothie which was the BOMB.

On Sunday I had breakfast in bed and finally watched the Downton Abbey Christmas special in order to get ready for the new series.

And then we started decorating for autumn.

I love how cosy these simple decorations make our house feel. Cosier than usual. :)

I’m so glad it’s officially autumn now!

Weekly snapshots.

Last week was less eventful than I would’ve liked, mostly because I came down with a cold on Thursday and it affected my plans for the rest of the week.

It has also been unseasonably warm lately. We had some rainy days but the temperatures have been in the 20s.

There are new yellow leaves on the linden trees every day.

We have also been having some gorgeous misty mornings and evenings and I really like those.

They inspired me to go and buy new autumn boots.

I got these vintage beauties!Β They’re really gorgeous and so comfortable! It’s way too warm for them still but hopefully I’ll be able to wear them out soon.

I also got these — they are last season, it was the last pair and they were ridiculously cheap. And I’d wanted blue boots forever so that was a match made in heaven.

On Friday, I tried to load up on vitamins to battle that awful cold. This was my fruit platter with a touch of almond butter in the middle.

Aren’t figs gorgeous?

On Saturday I was feeling much better so I decided to go skating — and then again on Sunday. It went surprisingly well, I could breathe so nicely there and I had a fantastic time.

Hope you’re having a great week!