Where did September go? It flew by so fast - one minute it is August, the next, October. Although it has been a fabulous start to Autumn - the weather perfect almost every day - it has been a stressful month for me. So what do I do when I am stressed - I go outdoors as much as possible, and feel the tension lift from my shoulders - and become inspired by nature.
The garden always has this effect on me - it is a form of therapy. Tackling all those end of the season chores takes my mind off the less pleasant things that I have had to contend with. Doing the same things every year as the seasons turn has a symmetry to it, a kind of 'all's well with the world' feeling. I cannot be cross or impatient out there. The sights and sounds soothe and calm me.
I don't talk about the garden much these days as I feel as though I have said it all before over the last four years of blogging, but it still has a calming effect on me, I still appreciate the beauty of it all and it is still where my heart lies. I know not everyone feels the same way about gardening; to some it is a chore, an extra complication to an already busy life - I feel that way sometimes when everything that needs to be done piles up; but the feeling soon fades as I set about my tasks.
Sitting outside in the last of the Autumn sunshine, face up to the sun, feeling the warmth; not sure how long this good weather will last before the frosts arrive; making the most of these bonus days; I feel the stress ease and I am able to smile and enjoy the moment and know that I have a lot to be thankful for. And in a couple of weeks time I will wonder what all the fuss was about and will get myself on an even keel once more.
Although the trees are slow to turn from green to russet and gold the flowers are looking lovely in their autumn colours.
Early mornings have been hushed and shrouded in mist; the cows standing motionless in the fields waiting for the sun to rise.
There are still butterflies making the most of the warmth that the day brings.
And then, as dusk falls, the sky turns dove grey, scarlet and burnt orange as the sun sinks below the horizon - and so ends another perfect autumn day
How could you not be inspired by all that Nature has to offer.
'Til next time enjoy the colours of Autumn.
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous."