October may quite possibly be my favourite month of them all! Nature is at its best; beautiful colours in the trees, crunching leaves under foot, warm cosy evenings and crisp air in the morning. Just thinking about Autumn in October puts a smile on my face!
With October comes the blessing of a break in the form of the half-term holiday. It's been quite a term, not only with work being ever busy, but also the pressure of getting ready for our move. We've been house-hunting since May, and finally had an offer accepted in September. A little 2 bed ground floor flat in a lovely little market town just outside of Oxford. Perfect.
So with the opportunity of a break, but needing to keep an eye on the purse strings (moving house is expensive!) we headed to one of the most special places on earth, the place which brought us together: St Davids, Pembrokeshire. It was so lovely to spend time together in a place we love, walking on the costal path, attending Evensong in the Catehdral, and catching up with old friends. Bliss!
After St Davids, we went drove round the coast to Tenby and spent the night catching up with another dear friend, who took us on a lovely walk around the town. Both the north and south beaches are stunning, and the town itself is a wonderful collection of unique shops, intriguing winding streets and cunning seagulls. A place we'll certainly return to as there is so much more to explore!
On the way back to Exeter, we stopped off in Bath where we enjoyed discovering the delights of Bath Abby, the covered markets and saw yet another friend for a well overdue catch up! We've certainly got every second out of our time-off, and still have a few more days to go.
It's been great to pause and reflect on recent life. Often with the craziness of term time, it's tricky to find a moment to breath. But with our return to the places and people we love, walking in nature and laughing with friends, it's been like taking in a lung full of fresh, life enriching, wholesome air. Stopping and taking time to just be, has proven to be refreshing and strengthening. I know that over the next few weeks our feet will hardly touch the ground, work will be super busy for us both, add in to that arranging a complete house-move to a new county and the inevitable Christmas commotions - we are going to be busy! But October has bought us a chance to reflect and recharge - so bring on the adventures!