There may be a jinx on the vehicles on this project! The builder's van broke down - 4 days hold up. The lorry delivering the gravel broke down - 2 days delay.
So we went to the beach and made a north point...
I do love all the seasons, and the fact that we have four, and I have always enjoyed changing things in my home to reflect the seasons,
I like to do it slowly. Incrementaly. The bowls of fragrant quince are on the summer rug - soon to be changed for the winter thicker one.
I've bought a new jacket and am wearing it with a summer scarf at the moment. Autumn is very much about textures isn't it.
Have you nade any seasonal changes yet? To your home and/or your wardrobe?
A lot going on today but not the work that was planned! - Angus's van broke down and the job is rescheduled for Monday. :-(
Thoughts start to turn to those hygge things - the kindly light of candles, the woodburner is lit in the evenings now, and one of my favourite smells greets me in the morning. I put quince fruits on the east facing windowledge in the bathroom where the morning sun warms them and scents the room. It's hard to describe scents - the quince ripens in early autumn but still retains a cool llight and sweet fragrance that says summer! Which is lovely for somoeone like me who is still trying to hang on to that season.
Talking of which...
It arrived today and I hung it, adjusted it a bit, and lay in it for five sunny minutes - we shall see how much use I get from it while I resist the coming of autumn and winter for as long as possible.
I like my grassy driveway.
and treacherous! Each winter seems wetter than the one before and the drive turns into muddy puddles (or puddy muddles as Scott put it) and the grass gets more and more slippery, so before someone is injured...
Angus arrives with his machinery tomorrow.
No flooding here thankfully. The rain is merely an inconvenience, stopping me from getting grass, meadows, paths and hedges cut - the garden gets wilder and wilder!
Listening to the lashing rain while still in bed I thought about how I could best spend this rainiy day (that was a typo but I think I quite like the word rainly.)
I had the luxury of a day at home, just thinking, and planning. With lots of coffee.
What's your favourite way to spend a rainly day at home?
I have tried, and failed, to get a good photograph of the swallows' nest so will link you to this fabulous one.
But perhaps you have your own nest to distract you? I keep thinking they will surely leave today but this morning all six are still in there being fed by what must now be pretty exhausted parents. I think it is too cold. I would stay in a cosy nest with my siblings too....
Talking of good parenting, over those few hot days last week I was almost certain that the swallows had abandoned their nest and their four young! After a flurry of activity when the babies first appeared over the rim of the nest above the studio window all went quiet and the adults were hardly to be seen. Last year the baby birds failed to fledge and it looked like the same thing was happening again. I had moved the table and chairs to another part of the garden in case my presence there was disturbing them.
I was so relieved and delighted this morning to see all four - looking suddenly much bigger and very healthy being fed, and sitting on the edge of the nest stretching their wings. It made my day and I didn't mind that the weather is misty and cloudy if it meant that there were now plenty of midgies for the swallows!
There are wrens nesting in the clematis above the study window, and I think I see a few young robins hopping about.
It feels like a privilege to have wild creatures so close.
Summer. I have decided, is my favourite season.
I like the light nights. This was taken at 11pm last night.
Breakfast outside iwth a little bunch of buttercups from my own tiny meadow (gives me a thrill!).
A cold paddle instead of a cold shower this morning.
I think I relax more in summer than in any other season.
Which is your favourite season?
Whichever one you are in, have a lovely weekend.
I write this on a wet, rather chilly morning in the west of Scotland. I was supposed to get the grass cut today....it's not going to happen!
British summers are notoriously fickle weatherwise, but I am still inspired to Design My Summer a lovely idea from (a very fast talking) Gretchen Rubin in this video.
I will have a think about what I love best about summer and look over some June/July/August posts to remind me. I know I want picnics and a family Midsummer Barbecue but in this climate there has to be a Plan B for such events. I want a few outings, I want to wear some summery clothes, and to nap in the hammock
I want to pay extra attention this summer to the wildlife in the garden. There have been more butterflies than usual so far, and the swallows are in the nest, and I think bees may be nesting in the wall just by the front door....and a red squirrel passes through occasionally on its way to next door's bird table.
I'm happy to holiday at home - if the weather is good there's nowhere else I'd rather be.
What do you want from your summer?
An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)