here & now…

img_8507img_8492…it is early evening and a chill slips in through the kitchen window reaching me as I tap away on the computer, making me smile. I LOVE AUTUMN.

I noticed earlier the dish I have on the kitchen windowsill filled with little Autumn treasures needs replacements. Yet, despite the conkers being shrivelled, the leaves dusty and Chinese lanterns faded, it has been a wonderful reminder, throughout the year, of my favourite season.

The garden is looking a little dishevelled, but this is what this new season brings. Apples scattered on the grass, too many to ever use, and the Hydrangea has turned a dusky pink which is completely beautiful.

This wonderful season makes me joyful and gives me a longing for something new.

Happy Autumn, dear friends!

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

here & now…

img_8478…normal life has resumed after a crazy-busy period at work. The end result was so rewarding, but my body aches in places I didn’t know existed.

I was so happy tonight just to have time to make a simple meal {pasta & sauce is always a winner in this house} after two weeks of chasing my tail.

My son has just finished his first week at college and I am pleased to say, after a shaky first day, he loves it! What a relief and how proud I am at how he adjusts and just goes with the flow, I could learn a lot from that kid.

I have just returned from a lovely walk in the park, enjoying half an hour of peace and quiet and the sweet smell of Autumn.

How is your here & now?

 

 

here & now

IMG_8437September has arrived and the gateway to autumn opens…

The light changes, I notice it more than any other time of the year, and I have to say, it makes me so happy.

Sometimes I think I shouldn’t look forward to a season so much because, let’s face it, the months fly by quickly enough as it is. But, autumn holds a special place in my heart. I love the slight chill in the air, the low sun, the knowledge that soon we will be cosied up in the evenings and oh, the sunsets.

Autumn is coming and my heart sings.

Wishing you a new month filled with good things.

 

Weekends

{Sharing my weekend with Karen over at Pumpkin Sunrise, always such a delightful place to visit}

This weekend was much needed and with an extra day {today} tagged on, too! That extra day makes all the difference, every weekend should have one.

We haven’t really done a great deal, staying around the house mostly and walking locally with Trevor. We do live close to a stunning park {I am pretty sure I have mentioned that before} for which I am so grateful. It’s a real dog walkers park and we meet all kinds of lovely creatures {and their people}. I particularly love the park in autumn, I cannot wait for all the trees to turn from green to shades of orange and brown, what a delight it is!

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My son got his exams results last Thursday and he has done really well, I am so proud I could burst. He is really happy and excited about starting college next month. How wonderful it is to be 16, all your life ahead of you and a million new experiences to discover…

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I hope your weekend has been a good one and I wish you a very lovely week.

Until next time…

 

 

here & now

IMG_8262IMG_8264It is a sunny afternoon and I can see the washing blowing on the line outside as I tap away on my keyboard. There are some pretty flowers, from a friend, on the table and as I admire them I am also thinking that it has been far too long since I was last here. I have REALLY missed this space, my little escape. I have missed my friends here, too.

I won’t bore you with details of why I haven’t been here, just that work is very busy and life in general, and it’s been hard to focus on other things. You know how it is sometimes.

I have felt a slight shift in the seasons since my last post, while the days are warm, the odd morning has been chilly and foggy, a sign that autumn is not so far away {Karen, I know you will be glad to see that word}. I love autumn, I know the days shorten, but it just feels right to me {for me}. I believe we all have a season that is our own and mine is definitely autumn. I’d love it if you would share ‘your’ season.

I do hope you are all well and enjoying your days.

Bye for now and take care x

here & now {the lakes edition}

Lake District 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello there and how are you?

We have returned from a very relaxing and much needed week at the Lakes, batteries recharged {almost} and raring to go! Well, there may still be a little residual holiday-ness hanging around, but as I am not back to work until Tuesday, I’d say that’s totally acceptable, yes?

We were in a small yet perfectly formed 18th Century cottage, very close to Windermere, surrounded by hills and more green than I ever thought possible! Trevor has sniffed his way through the week…new places are so exciting for a dog!

We have had lazy mornings {lazy days sometimes, truth be known}, walks, visits to beautiful places and just generally inhaled and ingested all the loveliness surrounding us…it’s been a tonic.

That said, I am not sad to be home. I have absolutely loved & appreciated the break and the way time spent somewhere else forces you to slow down {we have been snails} but returning home always feels right.

I hope you have had a lovely week and wish you a great weekend.

here & now

Lilac trioI am saying hello after nearly a month {unplanned} away from this space. I do hope this post finds you well?

Summer has arrived, REALLY arrived, with a sleep-inducing heaviness that makes every movement a bit of an effort. The upside of this is that all the windows and doors are flung open and the outside feels more inside, which I love.

Work has been so busy and will continue to be this week, but I sense a slowing down, anxiety lifting a little, for which I am very grateful. I have felt a little fraught and frazzled these past weeks, hence the lack of time here on the blog.

It will be holiday time for us this coming Saturday with a week in the Lake District, which we cannot wait for. The view from our cottage looks amazing and we intent to do a lot of nothing…just what we need! I also hope to take lots of lovely photographs and just really soak up the tranquility and beauty of the area.

That’s all from me, for now. Whatever you are doing, or maybe not doing, this summer, I hope it brings you joy!