Saturday, 24 October 2015

A Little Break

Hello all! Tonight British Summertime ends here in the UK and we will put our clocks back an hour, giving us an hour's more sleep. From now on it will get dark an hour earlier in the evenings and lighter in the mornings, but not lighter for long.

 As the daylight hours steadily decrease and we roll towards the shortest day, the urge to hibernate becomes strong in mammals and we can start to feel sluggish. That's what I'm feeling at the moment. Decidedly sluggish and lethargic. It's been a long term and we've had some very busy weekends, full to the brim with stuff to do. I don't seem to find the time to be creative these days. I go for weeks without picking up my crochet hook, knitting needle, jewellery pliers or sewing things, and am spending too long sitting at my laptop in the evenings. More importantly I'm not doing enough exercise which is not helping with my getting fit and losing weight, so I've decided I need to get my priorities straight and be more active and creative. This means less time spent on the computer and therefore less time blogging. I will become a more occasional blogger. I'll still be here, but not so often.

I'm going to take a couple of weeks off as it's half term here, but I'll be back before long, batteries recharged, hopefully with a bit more energy and a few creations to show you. Thank you for all the wonderful comments you've left me, and I shall leave you with some recent photos of autumn colour in our garden.

If it's half term for you, I hope it's a relaxing one.
See you in a while x

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Stained Glass and Faded Silks

Thank you, everyone, for your birthday wishes. I do love having a birthday at this time of year, and am so enjoying the autumn as it progresses. At the weekend we all went to visit J at university and had a walk in its beautiful grounds. The sun came out after a while and lit up the most dazzling display of bright, jewel-like colour. As the light caught fallen leaves they resembled stained glass in glowing shades of crimson red.

Coppery dark russets.

Lustrous scarlets.

Gradually the reds gave way to yellows.

Light, translucent yellow-greens.

Orangey yellows.

The sunshine shone through the leaves, illuminating them.

There was even a bit of lime green.

A glossy magpie with blue-black wings hopped across a lawn quite near to us.

The lake was very still and tranquil that afternoon, a haven of glassy calm.

Giant gunnera burst from the sides of a pond in a green explosion.

Soon we came to a beautiful botanical garden and the mood changed.

Formal garden rooms enclosed a natural wooden sculpture.

A different set of colours developed. A soft vintage palette, like the shades of antique silks.
Pale mauves.

Faded pinks.

Washed-out blues and lilacs, like dyed lace.

Dark browns and blacks which punctuate the paler shades like French knots.

As we walked between herbaceous borders an embroidery of silver started to surround us.

Gossamer spun silk suspended in the air.

Delicate seedheads, dusted with silver.

Then a glimpse of more colour ahead.

A shining tapestry of bright gold.


Gilded borders sparkling in all their finery.

 And finally, after all the glowing stained glass and faded vintage silks, a stately and majestic oak tree, muted and understated, with a carpet of quiet brown leaves beneath it. 

It was a beautiful, luminous day, full of colour and texture. Autumn is truly a season which appeals to the senses and makes me feel glad to be alive. And we had a lovely time with J - it doesn't get much better than that.