September’s #LittleLoves

September’s #LittleLoves

This is the first time I’ve joined in this particular linky, run by Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. I thought it was a lovely, easy one to do that shares everything I’ve been doing, reading, watching for the last month.



I love reading, but sometimes I don’t have as much time for it as I would like. I’m now settled back in my old job (after going elsewhere for 3 months and deciding I didn’t like it). Luckily, my company were able to take me back. This means I’ve returned to my standard Monday to Friday, 9 til 5, which is where I’m happiest (lack of routine throws me off).

This now means I’ve got my evenings back which, when Jay’s working, have turned into my hours of reading.

My recent read has been Ladder of Years, by Ann Tyler. It’s an intriguing read. Delia goes on holiday to the beach with her family. She decides to walk away from the beach….and just keeps going. She starts a new life for herself in an unknown town as a Miss, leaving her entire family behind her.

My other read has been more work-related. It’s a PR and Marketing book. This is something I do as my day job, however I never did a marketing degree. The more knowledge I can teach myself and take in, the better.


Little Loves linky - PR and Marketing book on coffee table



Desperate Housewives (Prime) – I’m currently obsessed with Desperate Housewives. I set up an Amazon Prime free trial so I could watch it, but now that trial runs out tomorrow which means I’m paying £7.99 a month just so I can watch it. Is that dedication? I think so.


Desperate Housewives cover photo


Thinking about it, it would be cheaper to buy the box set than pay £90 for a year of Prime, but I’m sure I’ll find other things to watch besides DH. Paying for Netflix and Amazon Prime seems a bit OTT, but considering I NEVER watch live TV (besides Bake Off), it’s worth it.

Bodyguard (TV) – I don’t normally watch standard, live TV. I find it hard to keep up with dramas (what days and times they’re on) and invariably end up missing an episode. But I was absolutely hooked on Bodyguard. I watched most of them on iPlayer, and watched the last two epsiodes live. It was so tense, with plenty of curve balls but I’d recommend watching it on catch up to anyone.



So this week, I learnt that cats don’t communicate to each other in the wild by meowing. A meow is a noise they learn to make to humans so they can tell us when they want something. This blew my mind!

I also learnt that when they’re hungry, they can make their meow sound like that of a crying baby, hoping that our parenting instincts will kick in and feed them. My cat was meowing at me this morning, pretending she hadn’t been fed when she had already by my husband! So that’s my ‘heard’ this month.



I’ve been making lots of incredible food this month. I’m always looking to try new recipes. The fish pie was the best I’ve made yet, and the beef casserole might have been the best thing I’ve made EVER. Jay said it was the best casserole he’s ever had (which is a big statement coming from the man who didn’t like casserole until I introduced him to it).


Green kitchen tiles in country kitchen



It’s coming up to winter (though we’ve had a weird mini heatwave in the last couple of days), so it’s PYJAMA SEASON. I’ve bought some new woolly socks, and am on the lookout for a new dressing gown.

I also recently treated myself to these new knee high boots for the coming winter from Debenhams.


Kurt Geiger boots with Asos outfit


How nice would they look with the ASOS outfit on the right?!


And lastly…

On a slight home interiors note, we’re finally getting a combi boiler fitted for winter. Our current boiler is 11 years old (and still going strong), but we’ll be looking to sell in a couple of years, and a boiler that old will put potential buyers off.

Plus if we get a combi, we can get rid of the airing cupboard in our bedroom. This means we can rip our old crap wardrobes out, and have huge new ones put in!

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat


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  1. September 28, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Looks like u had a great month! Beef casserole sounds delicous and great news regarding your home update.#LittleLoves

    • sarahaelsley
      September 28, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Thanks for commenting Joanna!

  2. September 28, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Lovely to have you joining in with Little Loves, Sarah. Totally going to have a nosey around your blog after finishing this comment!
    I used to LOVE Desperate Housewives when it was on television. We have Virgin, Amazon Prime and Netflix… so I can relate! x

    • sarahaelsley
      September 28, 2018 / 1:20 pm

      Glad it’s not just me! There’s so much that Netflix doesn’t have that Prime does (including that amazing free next day delivery). Thanks for commenting.

  3. September 28, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    We have Netflix and Amazon Prime – we also pay for SKY movies, bit much really isn’t it? The one we watch the least is Prime, but It’s so handy when ordering on Amazon. Love a good Beef Casserole, perfect comfort food. Enjoy your week! xx

    • sarahaelsley
      September 28, 2018 / 7:24 pm

      Glad it’s not just me, but I do think they all offer very different services so why should you stick to just one?! Thanks for commenting Stacie

  4. October 3, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I like the sound of Ladder of Years – intriguing. I think I’m going to have to give in and watch The Bodyguard – even my Mum is raving about it so it must be good! Your kitchen is lovely – I wish mine was as tidy as that. And those boots are gorgeous! I desperately need to replace my current ones (full of holes, I’m so fed up of getting soggy feet when it rains!). Hope October has got off to a good start for you 🙂

    • sarahaelsley
      October 3, 2018 / 8:36 am

      I love my boots! They SHOULD be arriving today so fingers crossed. The soles had all cracked on the old ones so definitely deserve my new ones (at least that’s how I’m justifying my purchase!). My kitchen definitely doesn’t always look that tidy! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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