Thursday, September 30, 2010

Guest post 06: 'Autumn in London' by Simone from 'The Bottom of the Ironing Basket'...

Hello, I am Simone from 'The Bottom of the Ironing Basket' and I am from London, England.
Charlotta and I have been reading each other's blogs for some time now and I was very flattered that she asked me if I would write something for her wonderfully stylish blog. I am also delighed that for a few weeks at least she is a little closer to me, spending happy times with her family in Sweden.....'skojar bara Charlotta!'

Without a doubt, Autumn is my most favourite time of year....the day that I unpack my scarves, knitwear and winter boots is a day of celebration for me!!

September is often a time of late sunny days in England and this year has been no exception....but slowly the weather is changing, the evenings are cooler and the leaves are starting to fall. It is a month that always has a hint of a "new start" about it....a 'back-to-school feeling'. Indeed my youngest child has just started full-time school for the first time and so it is a time of change for all of us.

This week I have been filling my afternoons with organising, de-cluttering and clearing out....making space for autumn.....finding wellington boots, walking boots, woolly hats and gloves.

I love nothing more than wrapping up in layers of clothing and heading out for a long walk....we are lucky enough to live minutes from London's Hampstead Heath and a bracing autumn walk taking bikes and scooters and hunting for the biggest leaves we can find followed by a steaming hot chocolate or a bowl of hot soup becomes our Sunday routine this time of year.

Scarves and winter boots are one of my weaknesses and I have already started my autumn/winter shopping....Zara is especially good this season....great boots and some chunky knits. This year I am loving black and gray with splashes of colour.

I wish you a happy autumn wherever you are and to you Charlotta....'tack och många kärleksfulla hälsningar till dig!'  Simone

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Dear Simone - THANK YOU so much for this gorgeous post! I can't tell you how much I miss my old home-turf London having read your post..! That feeling of Autumn in the air, walking through Kensington Gardens, Hampstead Heath or Regent's Park (where I used to live).. Roasting chestnuts, gorgeous window displays at my favourite shops, coffee in Primrose Hills.. Big sigh..!

To everyone else. I am sure you all enjoyed this wonderful Atumnal post as much as I did, and that you will enjoy Simone's gorgeous blog 'The Bottom of the Ironing Basket'. There is no other place where you will find such delightful, girly, flirty and enchanting posts. I am always left with such a great feeling & big smile on my face having been there!

Just click on the banner above to jump across to Simone's right now, and what better way to get to know her than to read her latest post.. 'Getting to know you tag'.

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Next week you will meet the fun, talented, and brilliant Louise from 'Table Tonic' - a fab blog with a fantastic web shop attached..! Louise hails from Sydney Australia and will share some splendid Spring inspiration with us on the 2nd October. You don't want to miss this one..!

Big hugs from Sweden!
xx Charlotta


Splenderosa said...

Ohhh Charlotta, that Simone should be an art director, don't you think? Every post she does exceeds the one before. This is so lovely & perfect for your blog.
Sending love to the both of you...

debra @ 5th and state said...

can i share that i am terribly jealous?
the anglophile in me longs for england in autumn....sigh.......and you portrayed it so beautifully

off to visit your blog!

one sydney road said...

gorgeous post! all those rich, vibrant colors - swoon

anita said...

gorgeousness -- which is what i always find on simone's blog.

hope you're having a fabulous time in sweden!!!

k said...

I just returned from london and was so enamored by it. sigh.

Stacey said...

Stunning images and i've enjoyed following Simone's blog too! xx

Cath said...

Missing you Charlotta, hope you are having the most fab time at home in Sweden.

Simone your post and blog are divine!

x Cath

ps...can't wait for Louise's guest post :)

carolina @ patagonia gifts said...

fabulous post Simone! love the way you describe London autumn. makes me wanna be there again! big hugs! Caroline xo

debra@dustjacket said...

Hey sweetie, fab just about have me wishing for Autumn...what am I thinking!!!

I'd really like to hop on over though and experience Autumn in London.

Sonya said...

Querida post lindo! Gosto muito do outono de vocês a estação traz muitas cores para alegrar a terra. Querida tenha um ótimo dia. Beijinho

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

I love London and loved this! I have a big book bedside about the English life and decorating :) The pictures here are worth more than words and a great start to "fall"ing in love with autumn. I need that since summer is my favorite season and it's hard to say good bye! XO, Kelly

Unknown said...

Thank you so much everyone for the really lovely comments....Charlotta, thank you so much for having me, I feel very stylish over here on your blog :) xoxo

Carole said...

I've been enjoying your guest posts so much Charlotta. So many beautiful images of Autumn to make me appreciate this lovely season all the more.
And so many new blogs for me to start exploring.
Thank you so much.
Carole x

A Perfect Gray said...

Simone, lovely images and thoughts about Fall. It's also my favorite time. I think I feel (and maybe look??) my best in Fall.

So nice to meet you while Charlotta is away.


Treadgold said...

These are stunning and capture the in-between weather of Fall as the leaves turn and we hunt for the winter woollies. Even though Summer is around the corner in Australia, I love the cool and the warm seasons. And those floral styled apples are nearly an artform!

Tina said...

Lovely autumn inspiration!
I love how you share your sunday routines with us! Sounds amazing!

Cathi said...

Fabulous post, Simone...loving every photo along with your narrative. Oh, to walk thru the London parks all bundled up - what a treat that would be.

You have a gorgeous blog, Charlotta. I have come from Simone's blog and am so glad that I did! Enjoy your holiday! xxoo :)

Unknown said...

what a yummy post!!! loves it! xo

Splendid Willow said...

Simone, what stunning fall images! And that gorgeous red hair! Maybe I should change my hair color too?

Fall hugs to you both!


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