Thursday 20 October 2016


We are definitely well in to Autumn season here now. It feels much cooler, the days are shorter and the trees are shedding their leaves.
The cutting back in the garden is still a work in progress. Not that there is a lot of it, I just haven't found the time. Although, the table and chairs have been put inside and are awaiting a coat of wood stain in preparation for next year.
As usual, we have been indulging in some of our favourite walks. Comfortable, familiar tracks opening out on to some beautiful views, accompanied by companionable chatter and generous helpings of replenishing the soul. The Conker jar is getting more and more full following each outing, the mantel scattered with dried golden leaves and Acorns.
Last week, a girly day out in Liverpool was very enjoyable and a much appreciated change of scenery. A little sightseeing, a delicious lunch out, then a thorough browse of the John Lewis Christmas section followed by coffee and a cake. A return trip has already been planned to include an overnight stay and a look around the Christmas market, which I'm really looking forward to.

Finally, to ease myself back into a crafting mindset I have, at last, picked up my crochet hook and started a new project - a throw for the sofa.
It's strange to think how I had no desire to do any kind of crafting during the late summer months. My heart just wasn't in it and maybe it was something to do with spending more time outdoors. Now the nights are getting dark earlier it feels time to cosy in and do something productive.
I am using just  grey yarn and am finding there is something pleasantly relaxing about crocheting row upon row with no colour changes to think of. This is not a challenging project by any means but a lovely way to unwind in an evening or any other time I get chance to pick it up as it requires very little by way of concentration. I'm hoping I can get it finished before the weather becomes much cooler.
J. X

Wednesday 5 October 2016


Although the Autumn equinox was well over a week ago we have been experiencing some unseasonably mild weather for the time of year.
Mornings have been a little on the fresh side at times but by lunchtime jackets have been able to be discarded once again.
The leaves on the trees are just starting to change their colour and even with the shorter days I am not in full on Autumn mode just yet.
Our days are, once again, ticking along quite nicely and the last month seemed to pass us by so quickly. We have made the most of the plentiful fine weather days and enjoyed some fantastic walks together.
It was so lovely and quiet on a recent visit to Grasmere that we even made it into the Gingerbread shop. I think it was the first time I have ever seen it without a queue outside.
Unfortunately, our little household has been struck down with various viruses in the last few days, my cure for which is to get out in the fresh air. This afternoon we will go for a short walk and collect some free cooking apples from a help yourself box in front of a nearby house. I will make a cinnamon apple crumble this evening. After all, it is said you should feed a cold.
J. X