Saturday 25 November 2023
We've been into town to see the Christmas lights, stopping off for some sustenance at the turros stall (with a Nutella dip - health food!) before wandering through the gardens. Although cold, there was no snow, other than the soap bubble 'snow' that our grandson enjoyed.
Friday 24 November 2023
We are steadily working through the jobs to be done in the house, those things that were never considered when we agreed to buy! The landing window faces north, is leaded and single skinned. Also, when we studied it closely, it is has become slightly bowed. Call in the experts! We have, apparently, 'caught it in time.' We've been told that leaded windows have a life span of about a hundred years before they start to deteriorate and need re-leading. Our house was built in 1928 so we've bitten the bullet and yesterday the window was removed and taken away to be made into a triple sandwich that will keep the window safe and also hopefully make a big difference to the warmth of the house.
Wednesday 22 November 2023
It's the last shout of colour in the garden now, once the maple leaves have dropped we shall be sunk into deep shadow until next year. All the leaves have fallen from the beauty berry but the berries remain and are a striking shot of purple. I had never seen this plant before moving here but now I see them advertised all over the place.
Sunday 12 November 2023
No sooner have we finished the autumn fun of halloween and bonfire night than the shops are hammering us with all things Christmas. Can't they wait until December? (Father Christmas has already filled all his slots at the place our grandson saw him last year!) The rooted Christmas tree that I bought last December is waiting outside in it's pot. It has been cossetted all year and has grown a little but it is never going to give me the problem of becoming too big to fit in the room, as was the case with the one that we left at our previous home. The weather is feeling more wintery now, it's definitely time to light the stove.
Saturday 11 November 2023
Sunday 5 November 2023
We woke to sunshine and I thought it would be good to go to the beach and collect some of the seaweed that had been washed up by the storm. Many people, like us, were making the most of the lovely weather to stroll along the seafront, A number of people came up to talk to me as I was bagging the seaweed. They wanted to know why I was collecting it. Sometimes I feel that I was born into the wrong century, but perhaps it's just as well that I'm in the 21st century and have avoided the ducking stool! I looked more like a bag lady than a wise woman pulling my spoils up to the car.
Saturday 4 November 2023
Autumn has arrived and the leaves are changing colour. I don't think that we are in for a great display this year because heavy rain and strong winds mean that many of the leaves have been blown from the trees and now lie sodden on the ground. I go out raking and sweeping when the rain stops for a short while and the sun breaks through. The collected leaves go on the compost heap, which is swelling dramatically. We walked by the seafront yesterday for a short while. Large amounts of seaweed have been thrown onto the beach by the storm and I intend to go back and collect some to add to the compost heap. There were also many shellfish stranded on the beach. Do people collect these to eat? As a life-long landlubber I have no idea.