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Oppi is about having fun giving. Handmade by Jane Trentham, every item of Oppi babywear is sewn from organic, fair trade or upcycled fabric. With each item of Oppi babywear you buy, we give to Tutela Africa; supporting family-based childcare for Mozambique's orphans and most vulnerable children.

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Why I love October

Jane Trentham

October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in aftermaths. Anne reveled in the world of colour about her.
— Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

There's just something about October.

I am not sure I could describe our little corner of Bath as eloquently as Lucy describes Green Gables, but I do smile when I draw back the curtains on October mornings. I see leaves dancing with rich new shades, that they've saved specially for now.

Do I cosy up with a hot chocolate? Or do I pull on my boots and run outside to kick those leaves? It's hard to choose.

Wonderful, creative distractions

I confess I get somewhat creatively distracted in Autumn; and it always begins in October. I usually start the day ok, taking my place at my sewing table to stitch little Oppi shoes. But before long, I am staring dreamily out of the window as changing leaves seem to carry me along with them on the autumn breeze.

October is so full of creative opportunity. Apples need turning to crumbles, left over veg simply must be made into chutney, while in the kitchen one might as well bake a tray of rich brownies, you know, just in case visitors happen to pop by.

The wood pile certainly needs chopping; chimineas make cool evenings cosy. But maybe we won’t burn all the wood, as an autumn display absolutely needs creating; an inside nature table. Let’s just hope the creepy crawlies don’t accidentally get brought in too.

Thinking of little creatures, I'm sure I was definitely going to make a new birdhouse, and a bird table because we don’t want the birds to go hungry over winter. Which reminds me, I think it’s time to plant bulbs ready for spring - right?

There is simply so much creative fun to be had!

I really am glad I live in a world where there are Octobers, aren’t you?