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This weekend has been as busy as the week that preceded it, but none the less enjoyable for it. Yesterday, we visited my good friend Debora in her new house in Sheffield. It was the most perfect autumn day and on the way to her local park we picked brambles and I collected leaves.* The weather has been mostly gorgeous here this last week; crisp, clear days which start off cold but are glorious when you feel the sun's warmth.
Today, while John worked, Bella, Angus and I went into Bradford to buy books among other things. We noticed how the trees are starting to change colour. I said the pattern in my coffee looked like a leaf. Bella disagreed and declared it was clearly a love heart.
The kids played on the big metal sculpture. We walk past it every time we go to Bradford but today I really noticed that it is actually a leaf.
Then we walked over to the fountains. Despite the fact it was quite chilly, the kids jumped in and around the fountains with the joy and abandon that only small children have. Water! I must splash in it RIGHT NOW!
Layers of clothes were gradually shed, while I sat there shivering with my camera. It is Curry Week in Bradford and the air was filled with the most wonderful smells from all the street food on sale there. Indian music was playing from some loud speakers and there was a lovely, bustling atmosphere around the fountains.
The last time we came here was that really hot weekend we had at the beginning of September. The water level in fountain area was raised so that it resembled one huge paddling pool. It was full of of children in their swimsuits, shrieking and splashing, generally having a fabulous time. Our kids didn't have their swimming things, but we paddled for ages and enjoyed the sun. That was only a two weeks ago but it feels like longer. Then it was Summer. Now it is definitely Autumn.
* I used those leaves in my new Autumn blog header - what do you think? The blossom and blue sky I had before was just offensively summery. I like the idea of ushering in each season with a new header, something to reflect what I am seeing around me at the moment.