Rain and strong winds have kept me indoors this week – so my activities have changed somewhat. I have been doing a lot of sky-watching. Seeing the sunrise and sunset come and go.
Reflection of the sunset making the house and greenhouse windows seem aflame
When being outdoors and gardening isn’t an option I turn my creativity elsewhere. Each winter I aim to complete a needlepoint cushion – last year I finished two crocheted knee blankets and a cushion. This is what I have chosen for this year, something to while away the long dark evenings.
A lot more reading goes on too – I have a stash of books waiting to be read – the one I am reading at present is not the type of book I would normally go for but I am finding it fascinating – it is a novel about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz and his forty rules of life and love. In the present day Ella reads a manuscript about these people and she embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author. It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored.
I have to say it is a very special book which I am sure will stay with me long after I have finished reading it.
Taking a daily walk around the village is on the agenda too – there is so much to do in the garden in the summer months that I don’t seem to have time, but in autumn and winter, if I don’t get out each day I begin to feel imprisoned. Below are a couple of pictures of autumnal finds whilst on my nature walks.
A few plants in the garden have decided to flower for a second time which is an added bonus.
And a morning session in the kitchen produced a couple of jars of carrot chutney to use up some carrots that were on the turn.
Whilst I sit typing I can hear a couple of Wagtails cheeping from the roof tops – they love to run along the ridges and call to one another – you never seem to see them other than at this time of year.
The weekend will see more tidying in the garden, weather permitting, and a lot of leaf collecting, the high winds have brought loads down, especially the willow which seems particularly vulnerable.
So that’s it – my week in a nutshell. Have a good weekend and don’t forget to turn the clocks back – personally I hate the dark mornings and short days. See you next week.