As I write this, the sun is streaming in through the open window, birds are singing, Monty and Archie are snoozing on the grass, the washing is fluttering on the line and I’m still wearing sleeveless blouses. A lovely late summer’s day in September but as I open my laptop, Google tells me it’s the first day of autumn. Autumn you rascal, you have crept up on me!
Autumn was always my Dad’s favourite time of the year.
I enjoy summer but increasingly not the heat that comes with it. I used to. I could lay out in the sunshine all day, I lapped it up. Nowadays you will find me in the shade, trying to keep cool.
I’ll miss the lazy barbecues, drinks outside on a balmy evening overlooking the river, cooling (sometimes utterly freezing!) dips in the English Channel, sipping cold lemonade on Cathedral Green and trying to lick ice creams (salted caramel!) before they drip onto sticky hands. But however wonderful that sounds consider this….
the crunch of leaves underfoot on a frosty evening walk
the reds, russets, purples, pumpkin oranges, mellow yellows and greens of the leaves that stop you in your tracks
hot chocolate and candlelight
pulling on favourite old jumpers and sweatshirts
night time chill and foggy breath
Hand knitted socks to keep your toes warm
leaf strewn pavements in the lamplight
woolly tights and wellington boots
Know what I mean?
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower
Now for a quick ta-dah moment. I finally finished the blanket I was crocheting and it is now with its new owner and will keep her snuggly warm while she’s on the sofa watching TV. I used the wonderful tutorial over on Attic 24 for the Cosy Striped Blanket and I’m pleased with the way it turned out although a couple of the colours that I chose, I wish I’d not added in.
I enjoyed the little crochet flower from a tutorial from Ali at VeryBerryHandmade
So, as my thoughts turn to knitting jumpers and crocheting snuggly blankets after the summer sews, I personally can’t wait. Remember… fall is here but winter is coming!
Are you looking forward to autumn or lamenting summer’s demise?