Good things that are keeping me grounded and positive at the moment:
Crochet. I feel like it's been a long time since we've chatted about crochet here, but there is lots going on in the background of my day to day life.
I've just finished this blanket, a small one, for my mother-in-law and am now working on these socks for myself. I deliberately chose pumpkin colours.
Watching the sunrise from the kitchen window while I put the kettle on first thing on the morning. (Can you see the cat?)
Between-the-showers walks with the kids and the dog.
Being in the woods, surrounded by all that beauty and that unmistakable smell of autumn that lingers in the air, earthy and smokey.
Tidying up the garden for winter, always the most satisfying of jobs.
Gathering offcuts into an autumn posy.
Moving around pictures and ornaments, refreshing corners, just enjoying being in our home.
The first fire of the autumn.
The first roast (beef, cooked by John, with all the trimmings).
Weekend kitchen pottering: banana chocolate loaf (I make this at least once a month, if not more), sourdough loaves, soup, chocolate biscuits.
Here in the south, we are lucky enough to be in the least strict lockdown area, meaning that we can still see friends and family, while shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes are open, and schools and universities too. This means that I've been able to attend university over the last couple of weeks (always wearing a mask) rather than learning remotely, for which I am hugely grateful. I feel for those living in stricter areas at the moment and am apprehensive for what the coming weeks will bring. I'm just trying to be mindful and enjoy each day as it comes, enjoy the season and the weather, get outside whenever possible and enjoy the time at home when I can't.