October has been a very different month – full of beauty and colour and the feeling that autumn is lingering on with sunny days.
But also I’ve had sadness at the loss of a friend. I also feel I have lost a week suffering from the flu. But here we are on the last day of the month.
Later on in the week, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite photos from this month’s #JustOnePerfectThing, but meanwhile, here’s a little round up of what it’s meant to me…
Berries, apples and tarts. Brightening up the dull days, catching my eye when I’m out and about. Some taste nice, others need cooking in crumbles and pies… and some are just pretty.
Woolly jumpers, tights and colourful shoes. I don’t like feeling cold, but I do like that it means I can wear jumpers and tights again. New ones, old cosy ones, soft, pretty ones – they’re all welcome here. My winter mission is colourful legs and these shoes!
Watching the leaves slowly change colour and flutter down. Every morning when I open my curtains they look a little different. Autumn is all about the senses: the earthy scents, the cooler weather and – above all – the feeling of leaves crunching underfoot. You’re never too old to kick a few leaves.
Lots of visits with my Grandson. I’ve begun my weekly Oscar day now my daughter is back at work. Oscar and I enjoy our weekly trips to RHS Harlow Carr and it’s never too early to get him interested in plants. It’s really fun there and the more I go, the more I want!
My National Trust visit this month – The Treasurer’s House in York. Opposite York Minster is this house of oddities. Frank Green, a wealthy industrialist and society gentleman, lived here from 1897 until 1914 and left his eccentric collection to the NT in 1940. I loved the sign he put up as a rule for visitors. It’s on the way to the Below Stairs Café in the basement.
A month of being crafty. I have finished my labour of love which I am really sad to part with. It’s a cot quilt for Oscars first birthday. Thanks to a steep learning curve I now know how to ‘piece’ and ‘stitch in the ditch’. I also knitted him a balaclava!!
My recommended places to eat this month. The Plough at Scalby was a great place for lunch on a day trip to Scarborough, Mannions in York, the Dutch House between Crayke and Brandsby, and the best ever Farmers Market (in my opinion) has to be Hovingham Village Market for fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, coffee and all things baked.
Today its dark at 5pm, knitting and hot chocolate evenings are ahead for me as we get into November. Maybe there are a few little trips coming up too!
What do you have planned for November?