Let me say from the outset that we have had a glorious Summer! The days have been long and lovely and for the most part, we have been able to do what we wanted to (apart from travelling abroad!). Pre covid, the plan was to travel to Jamaica and other places of interest but, Oh well!! But Summer has been good. We have had the chance to explore some more of this beautiful country and thank God, we have avoided the dreaded Covid.
After nearly 20 years of living here, we have come to accept that there are dramatic changes in the weather and scenery from one season to the next. We are now coming upon the time that I like to call the Season of Naked Trees. Lol. Already I have started to see lots of leaves changing colour and falling to the ground. The days are definitely getting shorter and the mornings are darker too. We do prefer the longer brighter days, but at the same time we really do love the colours around inspired by nature itself, from browns and oranges to rust! Absolutely splendid.
Decorating for Fall
So this week, we took the plunge and have started to decorate for Fall. We have only done the living room and dining room thus far and we do love it. Last year we did it for the first time and loved it. Most of the decorative pumpkins we have used were made by our fair hands from simple materials found at home, including toilet rolls, old jumpers, pieces of fabric and one was crotcheted last year too. We love the look. What do you think? It certainly does feel much cosier.
Getting the Garden Ready
As we had made use of the amazing weather this summer, the garden was truly resplendent in both colour and fruitfulness. So this week, as the season changed we wanted to get as much as we could from the garden so we picked the last of the tomatoes, peas and most of the courgettes. There are still some courgettes and peppers left to reap so we are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will stay nice for longer so they have a chance to mature in time. I have given up hoping that the pumpkins will mature in this season so we are content to call that a loss. That’s ok though, kinda. We do love pumpkin and wished it would give us some, but we can always buy some.
We have put the garden chairs in the conservatory, retracted the parasol and later this week, we are hoping to give the lawn in the back garden the last mowing. We have also arranged for someone to come and give the hedge its annual trim. That will be it again until next year.
Changing Season of Life
This week too will see a big change in the season of life for us. By the end of this week, all 3 of our kids would have gone off to university. Oh no! What shall we do?
We are beside ourselves with joy at the prospect of having this space to ourselves, having our lives to ourselves and imagining all the things we can get up to. If we were not so scared of getting the covid test (yes, the test) we might even travel overseas. Imagine that, they wouldn’t even have to know. We could still keep in touch via phone! The thought of that is getting me really excited right now.
Anyway, we will no doubt let you know how we are getting on as the weeks and months progress. As the seasons of life change, we have learnt to accept the changes and would suggest you do too. You might need to adjust certain things, including expectations but learn to accept change and let nothing ‘floor’ you.
Have a great week ahead.
Jo and Leisa