I keep wondering if after so many years of not liking Autumn all that much, I might've changed a little in recent years? I know that I don't dread it in the same way I used to, and I also admit that I have become rather fond of certain Autumnal aspects. The morning skies in November can be pretty spectacular, and despite the rapidly shortening days I find myself entranced by the Autumn light.
It's been a mild Autumn here in my patch, and here we are in mid November and still no sign of frost. I am glad, cos I'm always sad when the cheerful nasturtiums and geraniums come to a cold, frosty end. No frost, but bloomin' 'eck it's been cold! My hat and wrist warmers are out of the storage bag to keep me cosy for another year and I've enjoyed the comfort of wearing those familiar, well worn things.
The colours of Autumn are undoubtedly one of the season's highlights for me, and I gather them in as I go about my day to day pottering. Some days it's just a visual gathering, but often I feel compelled to pick up fallen leaves and bring their glorious colour home to my table.
Now that the Summer is over, the Little People have returned to indoor play and much of it still takes place around our table. There is a rolling programme of activity, a sort of a table-top dance that takes place each day as crafting, homework, paperwork, crochet, reading, socialising and mealtimes all take their turn about the table. During this past week we have had domino runs, card tricks, loom bands, colouring books, writing, drawing and Hama beads. Oh, I do love love love the Hama bead thing when it is in full swing here, it really makes me happy to see all three of my Little Peeps engaged in this simple act of creativity. Little Lady is the most prolific at the moment, she made me this really cute fox after spotting it on Pinterest. Little B made the coloured mat for Foxie to sit on, and this little table still-life makes me smile every day :)
On Friday evening we conducted The First Lighting Of The Fire, it always feels like a celebration when the first fire of the Autumn season is lit. After dinner I sat right in front of it with my cosy crochet until I got too a tad too hot and sweaty and had to retreat!
I went for a walk yesterday morning, a short solo stroll through the local woods to take in the Autumn views. The rest of the family stayed home, I was surprised that even Little B declined the offer to go for a walk in the woods, although he did waver ever so slightly. No matter, I was happy enough to set out by myself and enjoyed the mild weather, the fresh air and the soft shafts of sunlight.
Much of the leaf colour has already been and gone in the woodland, I was a bit late to see it this year.
Our slow cooker is being used for many of our meals at the moment as we get back into the season of warming curries, wholesome stews and hearty soups. I've got a few slow cooker recipe books, but this one is my absolute favourite and it has never failed to deliver great tasting, easy recipes that work every time. This morning I made the minestrone soup which cooked slowly all day, and we ate it this evening with a generous helping of grated cheese on top and some warm cheese and tomato flat bread to dip in. It was absolutely yummy and was wolfed down appreciatively by all five of us (Little B made me smile by pronouncing it "IncREDibly delicious"!)
I have to tell you, I am thrilled that my little thyme plant has thrived this year in the back yard. Being able to step out the back door and pluck a few fresh stems to add to my cooking this morning made me absurdly happy. I don't have a great track record with thyme (I've dealt with many a deceased plant in my time) so I am willing this one to come safely through the winter and carry on providing me with it's aromatic leaves. C'mon little plant, you can make it!
Ahh Hama beads again, I told you I do love it when these make a come back in the Attic. Yesterday I found myself drawn into Little Lady's ongoing Pinterest search for appealing designs and fell head over heels with this little Russian folk doll....
....yes, all my own work (cold, Autumn afternoons are just made for gentle activities like this). I am rather pleased with her although I find myself a teensy bit bothered by the holes all over her face, poor love.
And finally - the view from my eyes down into my lap this morning as I granted myself a little bit of cosy hooky time on the sofa. My Home Poncho is often on my person now we're into the cold months of the year, it's colour, warmth and comfort is absolutely wonderful.
Here's wishing you all a heap load of happy views, both inside and out.