Friday, 2 October 2015

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;

To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease;
For Summer has o'erbrimm'd their clammy cells.

                 ~ Ode to Autumn, John Keats

I love autumn, and love it even more when there's an Indian summer. I can't believe we're already in October and the weather is so warm.

I've been out and about with Alice this week, trying to capture a bit of autumn colour and we've had some stunning sunsets, bright sunshine and misty mornings, a real mixture.  I love the light in autumn, and the long shadows caused by the sun being so low in the sky.  I wonder if the blood moon (which I slept through!) had anything to do with the amazing sunsets that followed?

Of course autumn means Strictly Come Dancing is back on the telly, which is good enough for me, I love a bit of Saturday evening light-entertainment.  I've never understood the snobbery about it, if it's done well then why not enjoy it?

One of my earliest memories is watching Come Dancing at my grandparent's.  Come Dancing was the precursor to Strictly and was very popular in the 60s and 70s and whenever I went to stay with Nan and Granddad it was always a treat to stay up late to watch it. Happy memories.

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Are you planning anything this weekend?  Tall Daughter has asked if we can go for a walk on a beach somewhere, so that's a definite plan, and I think it's soup-making season again. You can't beat homemade soup with crusty bread.  Have you seen the trailer for the The Intern? I like Nancy Meyers' films so that's on my weekend list too.

Whatever you're doing this weekend, hope it's a good one.