I always think the change in the seasons from Summer to Autumn happens very quickly. Sometimes September can be kind by allowing us a final flurry of warm summery days. The children return to school in crisp new uniform, often not needing coats. However as October beckons the damp morning mists arrive, the trees start to relinquish their rusty leaves, the nights draw in and my heating goes on! The perfect time to enjoy cosy evenings in with hot chocolate and scented candles.
The last colour in my garden is now fading. The beautiful hydrangea blooms are drying and turning the most wonderful shades of champagne pink and pistachio green. Now is the perfect time to cut a few to preserve indoors for floral arrangements. My vegetable patch suddenly looks bare as “all is safely gathered in”. This year I had a bumper crop of raspberries, green beans and cauliflowers. Luckily my Grandson Kingsley proved to be a very keen picker!
I am currently enjoying gatherings of a different kind – social ones! I have started attending fairs again and it has been lovely to finally chat in person with customers. I chose an Autumnal theme for my stall at the recent Kitsch and Stitch fair and made some fabric pumpkins out of vintage chenille material which proved very popular. I am now looking forward to the Christmas events as I love to add a bit of sparkle to my displays.