The Keeper of Lost Things, Halloween Preparations and Birthday Gifts – #LittleLoves

It’s been another busy week here in wellies (is there any other kind?) and I’m pulling this Little Loves round up together between walking the dog, helping out at a school trip, doing end-of-month admin, and making a flying visit to the supermarket for pumpkins. We’re expecting a few guisers (what we call Halloween visitors here in Scotland), and like to be prepared with plenty of sweets and goodies. This year we’re all dressing up again and our outfits include a dastardly doctor, a couple of grim reaper types and Harriet Potter (that’s me if you hadn’t realised). Oh, and here’s a picture of our dog wandering about on the beach, as you do, in his Halloween costume. He’s a lion every year, although I don’t think he likes being a big cat very much to be honest. He spends most of the evening with his ears around his ankles, but for a little while at least, he looks so adorable and cute!

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Before I go full swing into Halloween mode, here’s a round up of what I’ve been loving lately. I promise there isn’t an overgrown pumpkin or a scary ghoul in sight!


This week I’ve been finishing off The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. More on that in my Reading Lately post shortly, but for now, if you’re looking for a sweet treat to delve into, this lovely tale of friendship, loss, and happy endings is sure to make you smile.

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My husband was away with work for several days last week and naturally, one of my first thoughts was what I could watch on Netflix while I was in sole charge of the remote 😉 I settled on catching up on a bit of Outlander and watching the new Lady Gaga documentary – an interesting film about the run up to her Super Bowl performance earlier in the year.


It was my birthday last week and my sister gave me this lovely hat she’d knitted. The older I get the more I appreciate this kind of thoughtful, personal gift. The timing was also perfect as the weather here is suddenly turning colder! The clocks going back always seems to herald a swift move towards winter in the north.

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I received lots of lovely gifts (and more importantly, visits) from friends and family on my birthday – I don’t need much in life to keep me happy but just knowing that I’ve been thought about always makes me smile. I’ve even had my first foray into Jo Malone fragrance thanks to a couple of hints (and maybe a follow up email) to my husband. Yep, I don’t need much to keep me happy…but let’s face it readers, a wee parcel from the airport never fails to go down well 😉

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This weekend I attempted making my own massage oil with some essential oils I also got for my birthday. At the moment I’m trying all sorts of things to try to alleviate a myriad of chronic fatigue and pain issues I’ve had since a bout of bacterial pneumonia last year. The bad news is I haven’t had the chance yet to actually test my little creation! I’m sure I’ll be reporting back in a Little Loves update sometime soon 🙂

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This morning I dug out an old photo of my brother, myself (and an unidentified other) on one of our Halloween outings back our heyday. Oh for the 1980’s, when all you needed to be Halloween-ready was an old sheet, some of your Dad’s oversized jumpers and a net curtain (our neep* lantern was slightly out of shot). Meanwhile back in the present my house is looking decidedly orange. Until next week, little lovers – have a very Happy Halloween 🙂

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* a turnip for non-Scots

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