Autumn is finally here – the best time of year, and I plan to make the most of it! September gave me a little time for relaxation at home, with a few days off work and a little more time spent writing, reading, and hanging out with family.
It’s been a good month for Jo Fisher Writes, too! September saw my blog’s first birthday, as well as passing the 50 post mark. It may not be much compared to some blogs out there, but it’s my milestone, and I’m a little proud.
Without further ado…my favourite things this month!
Baffi opened up a new pizzeria in Southampton and I have already been twice. The folk at Baffi know their stuff, and these pizzas aren’t the kind we get at Zizzi and Prezzo (as tasty as they are).
Baffi make classic Neapolitan pizza; authentic, soft and full of taste with thick crusts, baked in an oven transported from Italy. If you haven’t been already, I highly recommend. They run some great penny-saving offers and are always super friendly. I know I’ll be a regular.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
I’m halfway through writing a review of this book, so I won’t give too much away; but what I will say is that it’s a grower, with fascinating characters, plenty of surprises and vivid imagery. I loved it, and finished it in a matter of mere days.
I’ve heard of Oh Comely before, but I’d never read it until my Mum picked up a copy for me as a surprise! I’ve really enjoyed reading my first issue and I am sure it won’t be my last; full of quality pieces, stories, insights, beautiful imagery and inspiration…what more could you want?
Autumn officially arrived on September 22 and the leaves have finally been turning. I’m hoping to really make the most of this beautiful season and will be making a little list of ways to do so soon. Most importantly, I’ll be visiting the Lake District in October too, which is always stunning at this time of year!
Instagram story ‘vlogs’
I finally bit the bullet and started to film myself talking on my Instagram stories and I got such a wonderful reception – thank you everyone for your messages! Though it’s nerve-wracking, it’s also somewhat liberating, so I hope to do it a lot more in the future (if people want me to, of course).
Victoria, Season Two
Despite what my friends may expect, I’m not really one for period dramas, but I make the exception for ITV’s Victoria. It has a thoroughly modern feel to it; I love Jenna Coleman as the strong queen, and Tom Hughes as the smouldering and moody Albert. I am very pleased that Season two has arrived and will be devouring every episode.
The Good Place
I stumbled across this on Netflix one day and got through it in one week. It’s the story of a woman who finds herself in the afterlife, and in The Good Place…but she doesn’t exactly belong there. Don’t get put off by the madness of the first episode or two – it’s brilliant, and there are some fantastic twists and turns. Watch it!
I went to see Finding Joy at The Point in Eastleigh in September and it was wonderful. This is a truly touching show about Dementia and everyone affected. You can read my full review to find out more but…it’s been over a week and I’m still thinking about it.
Festival of the Spoken Nerd: You Cant Polish a Nerd
Accompanying my chemist friend to a science-themed comedy show at Nuffield Southampton Theatres was right out of my comfort zone – but I had a great time! Some of the jokes went over my head a little but I found myself laughing a lot – and I particularly loved calculating pi with pies! I’m planning to review this show next week, so keep your eyes peeled!
This podcast was recommended to me by a friend and I have been listening to it nonstop ever since. On Modern Love, celebrities read essays and stories on real-life relationships and love.
So far I’ve heard about everything from friends with benefits, love through degenerative illnesses, catfishing and more. It’s honest. raw content. I’m hooked, and you should be too.
Me & Orla
I’ve been trying hard to up my social media game this month and a lot of inspiration has come from Sara Tasker from Me & Orla.
Her blog is fab, but I’ve primarily become besotted with her podcast, which covers everything from avoiding online comparison, to the legalities behind blogger gift disclosure. It’s fascinating and motivating, and I can’t wait for more.
One year of Jo Fisher Writes!
Yes! I made it a whole year (with 51 posts to boot!) and although this isn’t a huge achievement in the world of blogs nowadays, I’m very happy.
I’m even holding a little giveaway to say thank you – it’s open until the 4th October (UK only) and all of the info on what you can win and how you can enter is in my Birthday Blog Post!