Hello my lovelies, it's good to be back here chatting in the Attic after something of an unplanned break. This month is whizzing by in a blur, I just can't seem to keep up with my own life at the moment which is a slightly strange feeling, especially as this time of year is supposed to be my "quiet time" and all. In reality it is nothing of the sort, and I find myself as busy as ever.
I took these photos of trees and pretty leaves about two weeks ago when everything was still crisp and colourful and in the delightful Autumnal stage.
Look how gorgeous those flaming red trees look! Sadly, after a week of almost constant rain and high winds there are very few leaves left on the trees at all now and any love I had for Autumn has slipped away. It's been really grim here actually, torrential rain, floods, gusting winds and wet and soggy everything. Not nice.
There have been a few fleeting moments of sunshine though, precious half-hours when the dark grey clouds have miraculously parted and the sun has shone it's heart out. I have love love loved those times, especially when I've been at home and the sofa has all of a sudden lit up.
On my table is a straggly little collection of dried things stuffed into a small glass jar, and rather surprisingly I am enjoying the look of this arrangement - dried hydrangeas, chinese lanterns, seeds and leaves. I haven't bought any fresh flowers for ages, there isn't really anything seasonal or inspiring around at the moment, although I have been tempted a few times by some bright scarlet tulips.
This single stem of dried hydrangea blooms has such a rich, satisfying depth of colour, I do rather find myself admiring it even though I supposedly don't actually like hydrangeas at all. Strange that.
So I've been at home quite a lot of late - in all honesty, I've felt like I've wanted to hibernate and shut out the awful weather that is getting thrown at us. My current Sunny crochet projects have given me the perfect excuse to sit quietly and drink coffee whilst doing something productive, oh I do love crochet so much for giving me such a sense of purpose when the days are wet and grey and bluegh! On Monday I grandly announced to myself (in my head) that I would be "working from home" - hah! HAh-hah!! It was the best day - I spent six whole hours pottering around at home without speaking a word to anyone, which I think in this day and age is quite an accomplishment. Of course I was chatting inside my head with myself non-stop so I didn't feel the silence at all, and I truly relished the solitude. And the crochet time.
During the past week I've been busy writing for other people, answering some informal interview type question thingies for other creative bloggers (here, here and here if you want to have a read). It's all to do with the Handmade Christmas Fair which takes place this coming weekend in Manchester, and which I am rather proud to be a small part of. I have felt strangely shy about announcing this, but here I am whispering it to you quietly, shhhh...... * I'll be appearing on the Super Theatre stage on Saturday morning, having a chat to the fabulous Kirstie Allsopp all about my blog *. I can hardly believe it is happening to tell the truth (Kirstie Allsopp, she is famous and everything!!!), I am excited and nervous. Nervous, yes most definitely. Waaaaaaayyyyyy out of my comfort zone with this one. Yup. I wonder if any of you are oooop North and will be coming to the fair? I'll let you know next week how it went. Deep breathing all round.
I went out into the woodsy woods yesterday with my fab friend Christine who was visiting for the day. It was wet and grey and uninspiring, but we had a very lovely stroll along the wild river at Bolton Abbey (soooo much noisy, gushing, rushing water!), with a very welcome pit stop at the tea rooms for a warming mug of frothy coffee and a small slab of something sweet. It was a lovely day, full of friendship and chatter and rather a lot of laughter.
I was glad to see a little bit of colour still in the trees, not all blown away just yet.
Today was not a work-from-home day as I had urgent colour-fix needs and most of my colour-fix paraphernalia is located in my studio. I spent today immersing myself in my own little world of glorious colour, planning and scheming with my yarn pegs. Pure deliciousness.
I've got quite a lot of things still to chat about (KnItTinG for one thing - yes, me and the pointy sticks!!!) - so I'll see you soon....
ps. knitting!! I can't wait to show you my knitting!!
pps. I can knit!!!