This time last year, our garden was basically an expanse of patchy grass. As with most new build homes, the garden was non-existent when we first bought it, and as we were living in Switzerland at the time and needed to rent it out until we moved back to the UK, we had turf laid and a few simple shrubs planted. Our aim was merely to minimise any effort required to maintain it should potential tenants not be particularly green-fingered. When we finally moved in ourselves, it was an unloved space and remained so until we settled in and sorted out the interior. And yes, that took quite a while (and is still ongoing ... it's always going to be ongoing, isn't it?).
Everyone has that room, right? The one which you don't speak of and quickly close the door on ... after throwing in various items of no fixed abode. Winter coats, summer jackets, random shoes, odd socks, letters to be filed, old toys waiting to be taken to the charity shop, bags, plastic bags, bags for life, tote bags, seven half-used bottles of the same kitchen cleaner, and precious ornaments purchased from sunny isles which seem to turn to tat the moment you land on British soil. Items which have passed being important in your life or used on a daily basis but you're not quite ready to deal with or find a new home for. Well, now you know why my house always looks so tidy; it's because all of those things have been hidden in our laundry room never to be released in to the home proper again.
Well, hasn't the weather taken a turn for the colder over the past few days? Gone are the bright blue skies of early autumn, and in their place a greyer, murkier and infinitely chillier version. Pumps and raincoats have been replaced by boots and winter coats ... and hats, scarves and gloves. And lip balm. Tis the season of chapped lips, too. Despite the dropping temperatures, it's still one of my favourite times of the year. It's been described as the 'unhealthy season' because people often turn inwards and indoors. I actually like a little bit of introspection and I can't believe that spending time at home snuggling under a blanket surrounded by the warm glow of candlelight is a bad thing. It's restful, it's peaceful and it's really quite heartwarming. But maybe vitamin D supplements are the way to go for a few months.