This week has been damp in my part of the world . In the early mornings mist has clung to the Pennines and slipped slowly down the slopes into the towns and villages . It has taken hours for the sun to burn it back . The trees have dripped with rain and collars have been turned up against the droplets from the branches , still dripping long after the rain has stopped . Saturated ground has squelched under the feet of early morning dog-walkers and the dogs themselves have come home , wet up to their stomachs from the soggy grass .
Children have returned to school after the long Summer break . Trudging through the golden leaves that have already begun to fall from the trees that line their route . There they go ,shiny faced and eager , in their brand new blazers ...... bought slightly too big so they can " grow into " them . Conscious of their new shoes and schoolbags , telling tales of holidays in Majorca or Mablethorpe .
Squirrels race up and down trees in next doors garden , gathering nuts and taunting my dogs and making them bark . Glossy berries drip with dew and russet apples fall to the ground with a soft " plop " and nestle on the soaked lawn . The air suddenly smells of woodsmoke and that faint , almost indescribable " peaty " aroma of mushrooms and rotting leaves and dying bedding plants .
The hands on the Season Clock have slipped off Summer and are slowly turning to Autumn and my world has turned red and gold . Autumn : my favourite time of year ! I love it and always have ! It has none of the reluctance and newness of Spring , or the brashness and heat of Summer ....... it is quieter and cosier and leads us gently into the crisp cold weather of Winter and the excitement of Christmastime .
For me it is a reason to be cheerful , something to be glad about . I realise you may not all feel the same so , once again , I invite you all to think of your own reasons to be glad and list them . Here is my list for today .
The promise of Autumn in the air .
New notebooks .
My darling husband .
Fish and chips .
YSL Touche Eclat .
Peanut M&Ms .
Dark nights .
BlackBerry Messenger .
Have a wonderful day !