So here, in no particular order, are five things which I really enjoy about this early part of autumn.
1. Lighting tealights
I do like candlelight and as darkness falls earlier now, I light tealights along the mantelpiece and enjoy the cosy glow which emanates from these red glass holders.
Although we are enjoying warm, sunny days, the evenings are chilly, not cold enough for a frugal person to put the heating on but chilly enough to be uncomfortable when I am sitting down. The solution to this is a shawl around my shoulders, just right.
3. Woodland bounty
3. Woodland bounty
This is my hawthorn tree, laden with haws (and therefore full of birds which feast on them). The woods are full of acorns, beech mast, conkers, pine cones, the fascinating fruits which used to adorn infant school nature tables when I was a child. When my girls were little they always took "nature bags" with them when we went out for autumn walks so that they could collect this bounty and bring it home to pore over and play with.
Up from the earth they spring at this time of year. I find them fascinating, so many different types, all taking their part in the complex ecosystem. I even quite like the ones which have appeared in my lawn this year, although I don't think the Best Beloved is very keen.
5. Summer flowers In My Garden
I was really taken by surprise last Sunday when I rounded a corner in my garden and found a bed full of pink hardy geraniums flowering their heads off. I associate their flowers so much with the summer, as I do the buddleia which you can see in this photo, that to see them in October feels like a bonus, a real extension of the summer season, a reminder that the boundaries between nature's seasons are not concrete but that one leads into another as a river estuary leads into the sea.
See you soon.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x