I usually look forward to a lie-in on at least one of the days over the weekend, but this morning when I opened my eyes just after 10am I couldn’t help but feel slightly guilty. The sun was streaming in through the window and I had that ‘don’t waste the day’ feeling. The seasons are definitely changing and I now think that any warm and sunny day may be our last for a little while, so I jumped out of bed to try and make the most of it.
Things are definitely starting to feel chilly here and while we haven’t succumbed to having the heating on yet, piles of fleecy throws and blankets have come out of hibernation to make evenings on the sofa that little bit cosier.
However, I always feel lucky to live somewhere that you really can see and feel each season and there are things I love about Autumn; crisp mornings and evenings, beautiful golden coloured leaves on the ground and don’t get me started on the food…lovely rich stews, roasted meats and mulled cider will soon be gracing our dining table.
The garden is actually looking rather lovely as these last few days of sunshine has seen some plants (especially my David Austin roses) make a last ditch attempt to flower, although it is now time to think about cutting back and putting the garden to bed for the winter. I’m happy to do this as it means I get a few vases full of fresh roses!
I went through my scarf collection last night to find something big, soft, and cosy to keep me warm on the way to the pub for a few Friday night beers, which got me thinking about putting away my summer dresses and flip flops and getting the winter clothes and jumpers out.
It’s not all good though…the radio actually used the words ‘ground frost’ last night and my nemeses, huge garden spiders, have started heading inside which means I need to find some conkers as I have heard they hate the smell and will not bother you if a conker is left in the corner of a room – I will try anything!
Anyway, in the spirit if making the most of the sunshine, Ian and I headed out for a long country walk to the next village to enjoy a leisurely pub lunch. We even sat outside which was absolutely lovely although I think it may be the last time we get to do so this year if weather reports are to be believed.
We had the most delicious lunch so I will do a review of the pub we went to (if I manage to get on top of all my marking and planning tomorrow! )
It’s getting dark now, so the candles are lit, I have a mug of tea next to me and am snuggled down on the sofa under a blanket ready for my guilty pleasure, X Factor…a perfect Saturday night!