So here we are, looking at this photo you'd be forgiven for thinking it's the height of Summer, not 15 October!
I realise it's slightly strange holding a glass, albeit a rather fetching one, up to the sun but bear with me, please.
I sort of struggle with this time of year and for the next few months really. I am very much a fair weather girl and I love the sun and the brightness Spring and Summer brings. I also love all things pink and flowery (you'd noticed?) and I get very disappointed with the magazines at this time of year with all their orangey browny Autumnal themes. Bring back May and June, I say, magazine covers ablaze with roses! I had resigned myself to getting excited about cyclamen and pansies, even the asters and dahlias are nearly finished.
With the changing of the season comes the changing of many habits. My breakfast of late has turned from the Summer habitual cereal of choice, raisin "Oats 'n' More" with sliced banana and rice milk, to a more bolstering porridge.
But the last few days have surprised me. I've found much to please me amidst the shortening days of October. Funnily enough, my "Autumn/Winter breakfast" struck me as looking rather pretty and was consumed at the table in my den, as it usually is, with the sunshine streaming through the window. Not very Autumnal at all. Yummy just the same.
As it was so gorgeous outside, I ventured into the garden to peg out the washing (another endangered activity at this time of year, there's nothing like drying your sheets on the line, is there?) And what do you know, there amongst the tangled jungle of weeds and withering Summer flowering perennials, blooming away were the most divinely beautiful roses. There seemed little point in leaving them outside where they wouldn't be admired so snip, snip and in they came.
The roses for some reason reminded me that I recently bought this...
Yes, obviously I bought it for the name alone! In fact, I can remember buying it, on the way back from Donna's open house sale, in a little village called South Molton, which another friend, Kathy, had suggested we visit. (Hello Kathy!)
Have you ever seen such a pretty drink?
And here we go again. Oh yes, I'm going to jolly well make the most of pretending it's still Summer!
It's fabulously fizzy!
Now I'd like to tell you that it tasted great but to a hardened still water drinker, I really could not bring myself to like the taste of it. But it looks good so I'll settle for that!
There's no denying the beauty of the roses though, is there? This one is my all time fave, "Jubilee Celebration" from David Austin roses. It has a gorgeous scent too.
This one is a "survivor" and was planted likely long before we arrived here.
On the patio, there's another reason to be cheerful. The second of the dahlias I bought at Sarah Raven's garden has started flowering.
Can't see it too well here...
...but how about here?
Something (or someone) else on the patio is vying for the camera's attention. It's that sun lover, Jacky Ginge! Keep still, Jack!
Although it's lovely outside, there are things I want to get on with in the den. I write to my sister and send her a few bits of fabric from Donna's sale... and have fun decorating the envelope, as we do!
And there's been a spot of sewing, of course.
A few pretty linen covered notebooks with a patchwork stripe of gorgeous 1930's inspired fabrics, topped off with some luscious velvety ribbon.