Two other potential titles for this post were, 'I can't get no sleep', and 'Reasons to buy yet another pegboard'. I'm kind of marrying them both together, throwing a touch of pretty in to the mix and wrapping them all up in red twine. If none of that makes any sense, I'm blaming it on the fact that my boys don't sleep, so I don't sleep, so we are one sleep-deprived, slightly crazed house, at the moment. Well, I say 'at the moment' but this has been going on since Christmas. Did I mention that I can't get no sleep? I seem to be suffering from permanent jet lag but without the bonus of a relaxing holiday. Yawn!
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 Pumps and raincoats have been replaced by boots and winter coats ...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.
Despite it being one of the lightest and brightest months of the year and despite my preference for photographs and interiors that are also light and bright, August just doesn't feel that way for me. Don't get me wrong, it's not an unhappy month and I have no tales of woe to share. My optimistic nature hasn't failed me and while I adore autumn, I'm in no rush to see the leaves fall from the trees and September arrive. But it's probably my most reflective time of the year. Contemplative, really. A time to reminisce, lay my head on a pillowy cloud of nostalgia, and indulge a cup of tea or two of daydreaming.