All of a sudden, the leaves have gone and the trees are bare. I have a hard job accepting that these trees won't have leaves for another five or six months, cos I already miss seeing the greenery up above me as I walk. But on a brighter note, today we had the most beautiful blue skies and low slanting sunshine which has made me feel very happy indeed. I've enjoyed our Autumn time a lot this year, but with the start of December only a few days away, I don't quite feel ready for yet another change of season. I've only just gotten used to Autumn!
I went to have lunch with a good friend today, which meant a walk across to the other side of town. Over on that side it's very much closer to the hills, and I had the pleasure of seeing my Attic view from a different perspective. It was so nice! I stood and gazed at it for an age, taking in all the little details, wondering what it would be like to live in those houses right there at the foot of the hill.
The afternoon drifted leisurely by, punctuated by hot mugs of tea, divine treacle tart and lots of chatter. Before long I had to take myself away from the cosy warmth of the fire and head out to go and collect Little B from school. The temperature had dropped quite dramatically by this time in the late afternoon as the sun was well on it's way down towards the horizon.
I find it hard when our days are so short at this time of year (23 more days 'til we celebrate the Winter Solstice and our days start lengthening again!), but the magical Winter light does go some way towards making up for it.
On our way home from school today the canal had turned golden, it really was a beautiful sight. I stood on the bridge for a moment and soaked it in whilst Little B talked and talked and talked about his day. He told me he had written so much in his story that he had to go onto a Second Page. He was so happy about that second page, it made me smile right down to my toes. I love our canal side walks so much, they start and end our school days with such a lot of good.