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Monday, 24 September 2018

Autumn is upon us

I don't care how many times Monty Don eulogises that now is the beginning of the gardening year, it is the end.  For me it is not a time to look forward eagerly, but a time to note what did not happen, what I never got round to doing, be sad about that which failed and did not grow well and to grudgingly admit that those Grand Plans I made earlier in the year are just not going to come to fruition in 2018.  Every night when I take Daisy out after supper it is just that little bit darker, soon I will need a torch.

Autumn Equinox marks the turning point and increasing darkness, now I look forward eagerly to the winter solstice after which it will get a little lighter each day.  I know I should not wish life away, but at this time of year I do.

The Silly Shopping Season seems to have started even earlier this year, this lot appeared on local shelves within hours of children going back to school.  I used to be such a sucker for Christmas decorations, but these days I rarely see anything that doesn't look like cheap tat 😠



Kate wrote the most beautiful post today.  I wish those were my words - they certainly should be because it is exactly how I feel.  Things which I normally just get on with feel like heavy chores;  it is a horrible feeling and I mentally slap myself upside the head to try and shake out of it.  I tell myself not to be ridiculous - yes, I have a huge amount of lawn to cut but that is because I have a beautiful, large garden - something that so many people would love to have.  It's the same with cooking, cleaning, laundry, but hey {shrugs shoulders} "we are where we are" as Management is so fond of saying.

I made a massive batch of bolognaise sauce this morning; normally it is a pleasure and I know what a blessing it is to be able to prepare and store so many lovely meals for us over the coming weeks.  Today it was just a slog and I hope that is not reflected in the flavour.



I had planned a short trip away in the campervan but I'm not going, my heart just isn't in it and I know that is entirely down to the time of year, the lessening of daylight, the chill in the air first thing. Instead I will treat myself to some 'proper' days out, it feels like that is more what I need right now.

It is not all doom and gloom, Management and I have worked on the wood pile this week and three afternoons later we're half way to a full log store.   I had forgotten the mess of "small stuff" stored at the back of the shed, so I had a session with the circular saw whilst M. serviced the chainsaw.  Then we opened up the big log pile, and he cut long stuff whilst I had fun with the splitter.

















This is why standing in front of a log splitter is never, ever a good idea,  (the odd noise is a brief but intense shower - once again the covered area proves to be invaluable 😊)



By staying at home this week I can spend a little more time on my Autumn Trip Around the World.  I joked a few days ago that it would be nice to have the entire quilt finished by the end of the month,  hmmm, unlikely to happen but it would be good to at least have the top completed.

The top half is sewn together, the bottom section just pinned.  I had just enough fabric to make one additional row all around, and have started auditioning borders.





14 comments:

  1. It's very much cooler now but at least the sun is shining today after all that wind and rain of last week. Christmas, bah humbug I know how you feel and I'll have a read of Kate's blog post later. You have a very impressive log pile there and your quilt is looking gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, it's bright here today, I'm going to go out in the van and enjoy it :)

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  2. I understand how you feel Jayne. I do like Autumn, but this year I find I am struggling with the change of seasons for one reason or another. I'm certainly not thinking of Christmas just yet but I am usually dismayed by the tat available in the shops too.
    Your full log store must be satisfying though. All your efforts rewarded. X

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    1. Hi Jules, I am so glad it is not just me thinking much of the Christmas stock looks cheap and nasty.
      Yes, a full log store is a wonderfully comforting sight :)

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  3. After the heat of our glorious summer the sudden cold weather is a shock, September is normally a mellow month, so far every season, every month this year has been different from our norm. I understand how you feel, its too early to be this cold, we have been robbed of a couple of weeks warm weather. As for Christmas, it can stay in December

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    1. Spot on Marlene, yes we have been "robbed" of some nice weather - August was fairly wet (although much needed) and September hasn't been as nice as it usually is.

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  4. My sweet twin - yes all those things you have said - I feel too. Sending love and inner sunshine xxxxx

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    1. Thank you lovely, I need that sunshine . . . this summer I 'got' why people move to places like Spain. Although I hated how our plants were being scorched it was fabulous to get up each day, pull on a pair of shorts and know I wouldn't have to change later because it had suddenly got chilly, or wet, or whatever English summers usually do :-(

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  5. I can understand why you are feeling as you do, but I'm in much the same mood at the moment and not sure why I can't shake it, with all that I do being such a chore. Our weather has been very dreary even though we are one month into Spring. Down to zero degree again tonight. All that wood chopped & split will be great for your winter fires & to think many years ago I used to split our wood for the fuel stove we had that cooked all our meals, kept the house warm & heated our water. Ah, for the good old days, I don't think I could split it anymore. Chin up, take care & huggles.

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    1. Wow Susan, chopping wood for all your cooking and hot water is some achievement.

      Hope you feel better soon, and can look forward to Spring.

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  6. I try my best to avoid all those places of the silly shopping. I'm not a shopper in any shape or fashion (other than quilting goodies, of course), so I don't see it often. Our weather is changing also and I am ready for it. Been a long hot summer here.

    I'm sure DH would love for me to get in a cooking mood, particularly since he'll be on his own for a number of days starting tomorrow!

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    1. You've certainly had some weather this year, not least the recent storms, hope all was OK with your friends and family. Are you off on one of your lovely birding trips?

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  7. Just a quick comment (I'll catch up properly later) seeing as how both you and Eileen were hoping I would be okay in the foul weather we've recently had. I'm absolutely fine, apart from last Thursday and Friday it's not been too bad even though windy, and today had been glorious. I'm home now, arrived back at 3.30pm, and it's still gorgeous. I've taken lots of photos so look out for updates on both my blogs :)

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    1. Hi Eunice, thanks for letting us know you are OK and home safe.

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