The weather has certainly changed here over the last few days. For us, October has been wet and mild. Lots of damp, showery days with real warmth in the sun and air. I would often be shedding layers on my way back from picking up the kids from school, wishing it would become a little cooler so I could get out my knitwear.
On Sunday night there was a huge storm here in the UK. Thankfully it didn't really reach us here in the North - the weather was just a little wetter and windier than it had been before - but I do hope any of you further south in the UK were not too badly affected. That storm blew away the last of the mild weather, along with most of the leaves on the trees, which are starting to look bare and skeletal. The clocks went back on Saturday night too so now we have lighter mornings and darker evenings. I haven't really noticed the light difference in the morning yet, but it's palpable in the afternoons. By 5 pm the lights are on and we're drawing the curtains. The sun is low and bright, the shadows are long and the wind is distinctly chilly. Suddenly, almost overnight, it feels a little wintry.
We are staying with my in-laws in Durham at the moment and I am taking advantage of this change in routine. This was a welcome and necessary break for all of us, I can tell you, and we are all recharging in all sorts of ways. Knitting, eating cake, drinking tea and sitting in front of the wood burning stove are all punctuated by trips to the park, the shops, the cafe and the beautiful Northumberland coast. I feel like we mainly go out just so we can enjoy returning home again. I've cast on a cowl from a pattern and yarn I bought at Yarndale. Both knitting and cake eating are essential ways to prepare for the colder months, I'm sure you'll agree.