With a dash of things loved in late August also, because I wasn’t organised enough to write anything for that month. Here we go; things I loved in September ( and slightly before).


Cosy WW2 viewing in the form of Home Fires. I’m very late to the party with this one, it aired on TV some time ago. Possibly when we were overseas, which would explain my missing such a cracking little show.

Set in the fictional Cheshire village of Great Paxford, the story is built around the lives of Women’s Institute members on the Home Front. Entertaining, interesting and full of 1940’s outfits to drool over.


Another fascinating tale involving strong women, That Bonesetter Woman by Frances Quinn. Written with the tagline, ‘she could never fit in, so she decided to stand out’, it’s a joy of a read.

Endurance Proudfoot does not fit the Georgian ideal of womanhood. She is strong, clumsy at traditionally female work and lacks both diplomacy and any desire to impress. What she does have is the skill to set broken bones and soothe aching bodies.

Things Helen Loves, image of book That Bonesetter Woman by Frances Quinn.

A historically rich read about women finding their way in a mans world with an uplifting ending.


The V & A in London. Being a lover of lovely things, this place is heaven to me. Just add a fashion passionate teenager for a wonderful day out.

My favourite find this visit?

This exquisite Sèvres egg shaped box. Made me think of French themed fellow blogger Sheree over at View from the Back. Sheree writes a fabulous series of posts all about ‘French Fancies’, and this little beauty is certainly that.

Things Helen Loves, Sevres egg shaped box in V&A museum in London. It is silver and blue with a gold band round the middle and a design of flowers around the circumfrince.


A mixed bag of walks in September courtesy of an unexpected heat wave and a busy calendar. Included but not limited to London gardens, Salisbury Plain and Watership Down in Hampshire.

That last one ended at a pub by the same name with the most fabulous rabbit mural to welcome you in.

And Finally…

The story of when the wolf met a mouse.

My little wolf encountered a mouse out on a walk. He sniffed it, he watched it. The mouse did that mouse-y thing of raising up on its back legs to sniff putting himself nose-to-nose with the wolfy one.

I’d like to think they were saying hello; suspect mouse was actually trying to figure if he was going to be eaten.

The Wolf did me proud, curious but calm and gentle. At last, five years of training and country life seems to have paid off. A sweet moment, and a good one to end on.

I’d love to hear about your September highlights, let’s chat in the comments.

Helen x

22 thoughts

  1. What a lovely tale you ended with! And I loved That Bonesetter Woman too – a cracking story well told. No special news here – life just jogs (reasonably – keep the news programmes off!) contentedly on.

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      I picked up That Bonesetter Woman at the library based on a love of the cover and was hooked by the end of first chapter. There’s a lot to be said for contentedly jogging on!

      1. Exactly. And I’m pleased to meet another soul who’s shallow enough to be seduced by a good cover ;). It often works, doesn’t it?

  2. All’s definitely well that ends well. Sounds like a wonderful month and a bit 🤗🩵

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      Can’t complain Jo, plodding on fueled with coffee & cake haha

  3. I remember enjoying Home Fires and was disappointed that there didn’t seem to be a second series. Are you watching it via ITVX?

    I enjoy the V&A, but only in small doses – I find it overwhelming after about 90 minutes.

    That’s a cute encounter between your pooch and the wee mouse. 🙂

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      I’ve been watching S1 & 2 on Amazon, although I’ve paid for them and never thought to check ITVX. Apparently there was a season 3 in the pipeline but ITV axed it, so the storyline cuts off abruptly. A shame, I really enjoyed it.

      Likewise to the V&A, I like that it’s free so I can just dip in when in London. Really wanted to get to the Chanel exhibition but it’s sold out.

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful month, Helen – love the rabbit mural xx

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      It was a lovely month indeed. The rabbit mural really did make me smile.

  5. Watership Down looks beautiful (I’m talking pub here)! I loved the book and the film. You did well capturing the mouse incident. It must be a brave and trusting little mouse.

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      I was ready to intervene if the mouse was in peril! It was a lovely moment.

  6. I love your wolf and mouse story! And like you I’m a big fan of the V&A 🙂 I’ll add That Bonesetter Woman to my reading list, especially as I see Margaret also recommends it.

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      Thanks Sarah, he’s a gentle soul although many don’t believe it!

  7. So many things to love in your post! The V&A is my favourite London museum but I don’t get there as often as I would like. The Wolf and the Mouse sounds like a fable and wasn’t he a brilliantly behaved dog?! I hope you have an equally enjoyable October.

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      He did behave brilliantly and surprisingly well! Thanks June, wishing you a fabulous month x

  8. I haven’t seen Home Fires either Helen but think it would be right up my street so thanks for the tip off if ever I find time to watch it. The only soap I watch is Coronation Street as I was brought up in it being a Lancashire Lass but I’m way behind with that too. Need to curl up on the sofa for some binge watching! Have a great weekend. M x

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      Definitely recommend Home Fires for cosy binge watching. I haven’t seen Coronation Street for years, I used to love it. That and Emmerdale. I suspect I’m very behind now and wouldn’t recognise most of the characters!

  9. Sounds like a very enjoyable month complete with books, lovely walks and The Wolf and mouse story. The shots from your walks are gorgeous. The V&A museum is back on our list for whenever we find ourselves in London again. The highlights of September (already far away in our memory) are autumnal walks in Sevan Botanical Garden and a farewell Indian dinner in Yerevan.

  10. love the rabbit mural and your dog’s sweet encounter

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      The dog was very gentle, it was a very sweet moment.

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