Instalife: Autumn in Cambridge

Instalife Autumn has begun claireabellemakes

Autumn in Cambridge makes me feel content. My daily bicycle ride to and from work has allowed me to enjoyed the misty mornings and crisp air and the colours have been just stunning. Although I’ve been unwell and tired for most of October, there have definitely been some highlights, even if just the simple things….

– Painted Street Pianos dotted about Cambridge for the ‘Play Me I’m Yours Project’. This has lifted me every time I hear one being played.

– Snuggles and blanket time with my kitty and some comfort food and cakes.

– Lattes and pumpkin carving dates with G and the first mittens outing of the season.

– Thoughtful presents in the mail from friends and finishing crochet presents for another friend.

– Sharing my vast collection of craft books on Instagram and being slightly embarrassed by the shocked response of my followers….

– A busy month for my Etsy shop, an international sale and some fabulous magazine features.

– A wonderful mug swap from cupcakemamma and a beautiful crocheted baby hat for my expectant friend by Lemons for Lemonade

What did you get up to in October? I’m looking forward to November as I plan for my first craft fair, attend a friend’s wedding and celebrate my birthday. I’m determined to finish some long term craft projects too and appreciate the last few leaves of the season!

clairebelle

17 thoughts on “Instalife: Autumn in Cambridge

  1. I’m really starting to realise how important these sorts of photos are for capturing the simple little moments in life. I think they may otherwise be forgotten in years to come. Yet another benefit of blogging I had not considered when I started! Really sorry to hear that October didn’t bring you the best of health, but hoping November is everything you plan it to be. Your cat is gorgeous! Oh, and I hide my craft books among my other books these days so no one knows how bad the habit is becoming…

    1. I took all of these on my phone camera and at some point I plan to make a ‘Cambridge’ smash book including some of these. It’s so nice to capture the simple moments, like you say. I am pleased to hear I am not the only craft book hoarder!

  2. Sounds like you’ve had a busy but productive October – here’s to the same for November! PS. you can never have enough craft books – i’m the same with saving vintage cooking books at estate sales.

  3. The ivy climbing on that house is just lovely. Such a great and crafty month October has been. Congrats again on all the well deserved features. Have a lovely weekend Claire. 🙂

  4. So glad you’ve managed to focus on the positives my love. It can be really tricky getting started on new meds – so give yourself the time to adapt and try not to be too hard on yourself! Focusing on the good things makes such a difference. Me and my old housemate used to do “3 good things” every day. Even if we had really crappy days we’d try and come up with 3 good things that had happened. Not once were we unable to do it!

  5. I am glad that you can find all the positives even if you have been feeling rubbish. With all that you have achieved despite feeling under the weather you should feel doubly proud. I hope that you have marked your successes in some way 🙂

  6. Beautiful photos, I’ve just taken a similar one of the glowing beech tree from my office window!! Your post has made me realise that I need to photograph more often 🙂 Thanks for sharing them.

    (I still need to go and check out these pianos that I keep hearing about)

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