Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Embracing Autumn

I am loving Autumn this year!
Words I never expected to hear myself saying, but I did yesterday whilst we were out walking.
My heart has always belonged to the summer. Long, hot days, sunshine, bare feet. But recently something inside me has shifted and I have discovered a new appreciation for this time of year.
I am sure this is partly in thanks to my blog reading. The enthusiasm of others towards this season is infectious and has had a knock-on effect with me. But I think the main reason is that I'm now watching it all unfold through Lily's eyes. Walks in the woods, the changing colour of the trees, kicking through the leaves, collecting conkers and acorns, the scent of bonfires and wood smoke in the air and even the darker evenings - "everybody must be in bed, mummy."
                             
                           
                            
Last week we enjoyed a short break away in Edinburgh. It was our first return to the capital since July and it was simply glorious.
In Princes Street gardens the leaves were falling from the trees, the sky was blue and clear and the views were beautiful. It felt so good to spend some time together in what have now become very familiar surroundings.
Halloween came and went here in a very understated way. We carved a pumpkin, made a rather delicious soup and added a few seasonal touches to the house.
The throw is gradually increasing in size. I keep picking it up whenever I have a spare moment. It's at that wonderful stage where it is keeping me lovely and cosy while I work on it.
I am hoping to keep indulging in my new found appreciation of Autumn  for as long as I can, embrace the seasons and stop wishing time away.
J. X

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  1. My heart always belongs to the long lazy days of Summer but I do appreciate every season and look forward to something in whatever season we are in. Having children around again makes you see things so differently doesn't it?

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    1. I am trying to be much more appreciative of the seasons. I know deep down they all have so much to offer. Yes, it's so lovely to see it through a child's eyes. X

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  2. I'm a summer girl too but I've enjoyed autumn so far this year, I think it's because it's been so mild. A crisp sunny day is wonderful, it's the dull, soggy ones that I'm not so fond of. Glad you had a nice time away, I've never been to Edinburgh.

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    1. Yes, you can't beat the summer can you? I think maybe another reason I'm enjoying Autumn this year is that the weather has been so pleasant. Not so many dull, soggy days as yet. I love Edinburgh. Do visit if you ever get the chance. it's a beautiful city. X

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  3. I enjoy all the seasons - they add variety to the year and at this time when it's dark earlier it's so cosy to stay inside nice and warm. We've had wonderful weather so far so are able to see Autumn in all its glorious colours.
    xx

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    1. Oh, I do love the cosying-in part of this time of year. There have been some glorious colours this Autumn. I've been told it is to do with the amount of sunshine we had before the leaves began to fall. X

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  4. All the seasons are beautiful in their own unique ways...it would be rather boring if we had the same all of the time. Liking the look of those knitted pumpkins, unlike the one I have knitted which is waiting to be stuffed and have it's stalk made! x

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    1. Thank you Jackie. Have you finished yours now? X

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  5. Glad you had a lovely break. I think we should all take a step back and get out more and enjoy the beauty all around us, I don't like the cold but it makes you appreciate a warm cosy home. xx

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    1. Thank you Marlene. You've summed it up perfectly. We are very lucky. X

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  6. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos Jules, I love Edinburgh too. Now we are getting overnight frosts I enjoy drawing the curtains in the late afternoon and sitting in the warmth knitting x

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    1. It is a beautiful city isn't it? We've had a couple of overnight frosts here now. Another is expected tonight. X

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  7. What a gorgeously autumnal post :) Lovely photos of Edinburgh, many many years since I was there (eek, looking back must be about 20 years!) but it is a fabulous place.

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    1. Thank you Jayne. I do love Edinburgh. X

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  8. I've got little Logan sitting on my lap right now and he wanted me to tell you that you pumpkin lantern is "really cool"

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    1. What?! I was looking for 'scary' but I guess ' really cool' is good too.;-) X

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  9. I love all the seasons, although I think spring is my favourite and when the cherry blossom are out, well I can't tell you how much I love that time of year. It's lovely to see the world through the eyes of a child. They notice things that you know are there but have 'forgotten' about as an adult if that makes sense. It's like having your childhood all over again but with the ability to really appreciate things as an adult. xx

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    1. Yes, that's it, although I think my appreciation is in overdrive now. It's like Marlene said, about taking a step back and taking time to enjoy the beauty of it all. Lily and I have spent so much time outdoors recently. It's been so lovely. X

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    2. I think autumn this year has been particularly good, the light has been warm and uplifting. I am not normally 'autumnal' but this year, I have made an exception!

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    3. It has been really beautiful. Lets make an exception every year from now on. X

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  10. What beautiful photos of autumnal Edinburgh. This autumn has been kind to us as it's been mild and dry and the leaf colour has been spectacular. I know what you mean about seeing things through children's eyes though, sometimes they are very good at seeing the magic. x

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    1. Thank you Gillian. It's a very beautiful city. "Seeing the magic." I rather like that saying. X

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  11. Wow, those pictures! I would kill to visit Edinburgh. Your jack-o-lantern is near perfect!:)

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    1. I hope you get the opportunity to go one day Rachel. X

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  12. Oh I am the same about summer but I have been determined to enjoy autumn this year too. I love your pictures of Edinburgh, we went in April it was fabulous then too xx

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    1. I do hope you're enjoying it too, Lisa. I love Edinburgh at any time of year, except when it's the Fringe festival. Far too busy for my liking. X

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  13. I adore this time of year. Everything about it. Seems this Autumn has been especially beautiful. I'm so happy that you are loving it so much this year too. :O) xx

    p.s I love that you are plotting White Month in January. The perfect thing to do, work it in to suit you and your life. xx

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    1. Thanks Sadie.
      January felt like the better month for me. Something to look forward to after the celebrations are over. I'm pleased you approve. ;-) X

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  14. Lovely photos and your jack-o-lantern is awesome! There's something wonderful when one sees the world through a child's eye, isn't it?

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    1. Thanks Bless. Yes, it's like a different world all of a sudden. X

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  15. I love the changes of the season, there is something in every season I enjoy. I can't imagine having the same weather all the time. I love the little pumpkins

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    1. I do enjoy the change of seasons. I think it's because we usually have day after day of rain here at this time of year that sways me towards Summer.

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  16. Just seen this, we were in Edinburgh in September, and enjoyed every moment

    Julie xxxxxx

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    1. Yes, I read your post. It is such a great city. So much history. X

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