Saturday, 15 October 2016

A need becomes a must do

The Autumn

Yes a need to do something in the summer becomes a to do that can be moved to another day but as the darker nights approach there is much scurrying in the garden both by us humans and by all the little creatures that are preparing for the shorter days, we mustn't be bothered by this as there is still much beauty to be seen.

It has been a very hot beautiful summer and of course we have been very busy in the garden and the hot tub, we are now into the second week of October and there is a chill in the air and the leaves are fluttering around as if they are looking for somewhere cosy to spend the winter, the horse chestnuts (conkers) are under foot just waiting for children young and old to attach a strong piece of string and take up the challenge to become the best conker player or whatever they may be called, it is still allowed here in France unlike UK. 😊
The grapevine, rose bushes and all hedges have been cut back to within an inch of their lives, a load of bulbs have been planted in readiness for the spring when after the dull dark days of winter their beautiful array of colours burst out through the damp colourless garden and are such a welcome sight.
For those of you who know me well will know that I detest the winter and I am a hibernater but the beautiful onset of winter delightfully known as Autumn I adore, all the amazing colours of the trees and hedgerows, anything from the deepest auburn red to the brightest of yellowy golds, we are blessed to be surrounded by forest and often get the odd glimpse of a deer and sometimes a stag in his beautiful glory, the robin has appeared, we don't see him during the summer months and although it is probably a different one everytime we would like to think it is the same one come back for winter.
Well the hot tub has been put away until warmer times also the bbq, the logs are piled high each side of the wood burner, the warmer clothes now fill the drawers and the summer clothes washed, ironed and put away until spring/summer pop their heads up over the top of winter again to caress our faces with such wonderful and much needed warmth.

I just have to think that each winter day gets me closer to summer and try to avoid the down days I can sometimes experience this time of year 😃


  1. What? Conkers banned in the UK!

  2. So I understand Jan, too dangerous they say

  3. Nice to hear how you begin to prepare to batten down the hatches for winter. Hope you still have some warm sun to sit out in for awhile, even if the air is cool.

  4. Thanks Kiwi, not much sun at the moment as it is pouring with rain, I think the farmers have been doing the rain dance

  5. Haha! Well, I will think sunny thoughts for you for next week. It's important for us all to get out and have some good walks before we begin to hibernate!

  6. Roz, Sounds like you are battening down the hatches. I love autumn too, but I'm not ready to put away the summer clothes. The weather is in the 80s today and for the next two days, so I'm wearing a sun dress again. My brother has a hot tub that he loves to use in the winter. Have you tried that?
    I'd love it if you'd play along with Dreaming of France

  7. Roz, Thanks so much for playing along with Dreaming of France. We're in the 80s again today, about 27 celcius, so I'm wearing a sleeveless dress and didn't even bring a sweater to work.

  8. Preparing for winter used to be something that I took very seriously when we were living in the Alps. The jobs such as ordering the wood, having the oil delivered, having the winter tyres put on the car had not been necessary living in Australia! But, that said, the snow brought out the best in people. I loved it as much as the other seasons.


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