The first week of October has been chilly but pleasant, and the weather has been very kind. (Such a British thing to do, talking about the weather, but it’s true!) We’ve been able to get outside a lot, with a couple of allotment trips as well as work on our own garden. It’s felt very much like a ‘need’ to make the most of the chances to go outdoors before it is too wet or cold to enjoy it and be productive.
The nights are definitely drawing in, and after work allotment visits to go and tend to the chickens have had to get much earlier. (My son is strangely enthusiastic about this as he also gets to walk home from Beavers in the dark, and when you’re almost 6 that is terribly exciting. I’m not such a huge fan of walking in the dark but luckily it’s not too far. ) It is getting towards the time where you want to get in at night and snuggle down with a hot drink, pyjamas and rubbish on the TV. But for now, we are clinging on to the light that there is and trying to remain productive, squeezing in odd jobs where we can.
It even feels as though the bounty given to us by nature in the early part of autumn is fading, as demonstrated by our feeble attempts at conker collecting on our walk earlier today. The children collected 2 each, and my 3 year old daughter informed me that the conker shells on the floor are “going mouldy like horse poo.” I can kind of see where she’s coming from as they are decomposing and turning the same brown colour as the leaves, unlike 2 or 3 weeks ago when they were still green and housing shiny horse chestnuts.
On the allotment, we are down to the last few beans, so we are leaving those to dry for next year’s seeds. The one remaining bed of beetroot appears to have stopped trying to grow, so I shall go and dig it up later this week. The carrots and parsnips, though, are still thriving and proving that it isn’t quite all over yet. The apples left on my father in law’s allotment are starting to be past their best too, although we still managed to gather a few.
I’m really hoping the nice weather lasts a little longer, reminding us of the summer. This afternoon my children spent the whole afternoon outdoors, and didn’t even need coats as they were running around so much. (I did insist on wellies though as the grass is very muddy, a sign that autumn is in full force where we are.) I even managed to get a load of washing dry on the line, but the second lot needed to finish in the tumble dryer. I don’t think we’ll get too many more outdoor ‘drying days’ this year now.
I have a feeling that very soon we will need to embrace autumn with it’s warming soups and stews, hats, coats and scarves and having to switch on the central heating. The dark evenings are also a perfect excuse for crafting! In some ways, I’m quite looking forward to that! (I’m not so much looking forward to football practice on Saturday mornings being even colder.) What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?