The first icy chills of winter are beginning to be evident, even here in the Midlands. The geography tends to keep away the extremes of weather, but since the clocks went back and the nights have drawn in it seems to have been even more cold. I turned the thermostat up a notch on the central heating yesterday, but even as I did I realised that we will have colder temperatures to deal with in the coming weeks - we've only had one sharp frost so far!
The shops (especially the supermarkets) paid lip-service to Hallowe'en and Guy Fawkes' Night - now they're into full-on Christmas mode - yet it only seems such a short while ago we were all walking around in t-shirts and flip-flops
I see the festive season rushing towards us, but I want to savour Autumn. The leaves have turned into wonderful shades of golden yellow, through orange, to russet tones but the winds are ripping them away before we can fully enjoy their splendour. It's as if Mother Nature is hurrying things along towards Christmas. Still, I love the patchwork blanket of leaves she spreads across the grass!
I'm also agog to see my fatsia japonica come into bloom, despite me totally ignoring its well being!
But, for a while, it's nice to cosy up and drink hot tea and eat buttered crumpets; for soft, mood lighting and the flicker of the fire.....and realising I am so blessed! And, of course, it's an excellent excuse to get on with the knitting! At the moment I'm trying to get some 'dog-sweaters' done for the Dog's Trust appeal (see my alter ego: The Knitting Assassin! ) - people who find themselves on the streets often have canine companions, so Dogs Trust are working with charities to help those who are forced to spend time out in the open.
Finished this one this morning - four down, I want to do at least another two before I have to send them off next week. It won't change the world, but it may make a difference to someone's canine buddy!
In the midst of all this, I really must get back into reading other people's blogs - apologies, guys, if I haven't visited so often. Also, the literary angle has been lacking recently! Actual writing done this month = 0; plot ideas=simmering away; what to do......what to do?