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At the start of every month, we offer you a short list of pleasant activities to consider, some focussed on afternoon tea, some not.

Herewith five suggestions for October 2013.

East Coast:the day before LeslieOctober is autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the southern hemisphere. In both, the weather is ideal to hit the hiking and biking trails – both get you back to nature in an instant – so go explore places that cannot be seen from a car window.

English: Granny Smith

And while you’re hiking or cycling, stop by an apple orchard. The following types of apples come into their own in October: Braeburn, Crispin, Fry, Granny Smith, Jubilee, Matsui and Northern Spry. Pick a couple of apples for your knapsack.

In our September 5 Things to Do, we reminded you it’s not too early to start your Christmas gift list, matching your near and dear to a suitable range of gifts. IMG_2698

In October, we encourage you to start looking at online catalogues, special flyers and sales at the mall. Start shopping. Refine your gift list and start ordering. In November, we’ll remind you to wrap the gifts. Just think how easy Christmas will be this year. Reward your advance planning with a cup of tea.

October is associated with Halloween in the western world. Invite your favourite ghosts and ghouls for October 31. Plan a ghoulish menu and activities.

Visit our website. Our Simply Spelndid Tea and Cookie of the Month Club makes an ideal Christmas gift for all the tea-lovers on your gift list.

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