Here we are again, the jangle of my ankle chain is the only sound I can hear…wait, sorry I seem to have slipped into a worm hole that has taken me back to 1996. What I meant to say was, hello again. I wanted to do an Autumn wardrobe wish list but found myself becoming far too overwhelmed with choice while research shopping because everything available at the moment is some mixed up concoction of velvet Victorian embroidered folk lusciousness (i.e. The Dream). So instead I have complied a wee list of things that I would like to see, hear and wear over the coming weeks as we delve ever deeper into the rust-hued splendour of Autumn (blimey). I scoured the plateaus of my creative mind to very originally title this post – Autumn Treats. I know, *shuffles off to kick leaves*
Keep your eyes peeled for more October/Autumnal themed posts over the coming weeks as I have a whole host of things planned to celebrate the most wonderful time of year.
TV – Tutankhamun
I have said a million times that TV is better in the colder months. This isn’t just me making one of my trademark sweeping statement with little to no evidence to back it up. One of my nine lives ago I worked in television and there is an accepted truth that TV schedulers plan their standout shows around those times when they estimate more people will be at home to watch them – namely when it is cold and dark outside. Case in point – Tutankhamun starting on ITV on the 16th October. It could easily be terrible, however I have high hopes that this four-part biopic of Howard Carter’s early years in Egypt, penned by Guy Burt (The Bletchley Circle), will be a lovely dollop of Sunday night post-lunch fun. Max Irons (The White Queen) takes on the role of the hot-headed Carter, while British aristocrat Lord Carnarvon is played by Sam Neil (everything). I’m hoping for lots of nice linen suits, excellent eye-wear and a shed load of scarabs.
Listen – Playlist. I like to add to this Autumn playlist occasionally throughout the year and then crack it open when the leaves start to turn. I don’t know why but I enjoy listening to atmospheric film scores as the nights draw in, they make a magical time of year even more so. There is nothing better than stamping around in rusty leaves listening to the Battle score from Gladiator. It is quintessential October music to me.
Film – Inferno – I’ve seen all of the others so I would quite like to see this. I have listened and reviewed the audiobook (here). I didn’t think much of it to be honest and saw the plot ‘twist’ coming like a freight train down an incredibly straight track, however it is a mystery with some nice locations and it feels like a good way to spend an October evening.
Dress- I want this dress. Yes I have million like it. No I don’t need another and yes I will wear it exclusively with boots, woolly tights and a beret. So sue me!
Bag – I have never had a nice laptop bag. I hoof my laptop between work and home and the library and Starbucks daily in a completely anonymous black laptop rucksack that was given to me by the dyslexia support service at UCL a few years ago. It is perfectly fine and serviceable and it is only vanity that makes me seek something else. But this is really pretty, and I’m sure I would be more productive if I owed it. Right?
Book – Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen is my first, last and everything when it comes to musical cornerstones. I would be rubbish on Dessert Island Discs (still waiting for that call Kirsty) because I would probably just pick all Springsteen songs. I recently purchased my first vinyl record and it was of course, The River. So Springsteen’s new autobiography is without a doubt on my Autumn reading list. It will also make an excellent Christmas present for pretty much anyone with ears and a heart on the planet.
Audiobook – SPQR – This month I am finally going to crack on with Mary Beard’s SPQR. I am hoping that this overview of the Roman world will be all the ‘reading’ I need to do in order to become a doctor. Fool proof plan methinks! Even if you are not a wally like me and haven’t just set yourself up for six years of researching Roman Britain, I’m sure you will get a lot out of this too because Beard is phenomenal at what she does and who doesn’t like a history audiobook on a long Autumn walk? I know, I am Caligula reborn right?
Art – I am a big fan of Curious Pip. Her style both artistic and personal is to die for and her Halloween creations are always perfection. This set of 4 witchy cards would be lovely placed in frames and surrounded by pumpkins and candles.
I hope you enjoyed some of these treats for the coming weeks and let me know any of your current favourite Autumnal pastimes too!