It's that time of the year when the leaves turn brown, the clocks go back and the evenings are spent toasting one's toes in front of the fire.
Days like today when it's sunny and bright, followed by cooler evenings are my favourite time of the year! Plants and trees are starting to loose their summer vigour but some, like the trees, take on a new vibrancy with vivid reds and yellows until damp days set in more permanently turning everything into a soggy mess.
I'm enjoying it while I can, clearing plants and vegetable beds, planting winter and spring colour. A multitude of bulbs are going in. I even have some washing out on the line. You know you are of an age when you appreciate a line full of washing drying in the breeze!
Feeling the warm sun on my back, catching the last few warm days before it changes feels like a luxury. I know it will change soon. Frost is forecast at the end of the month so I'm starting to move tender plants in pots into the greenhouse, some I will need to fleece, some I will need to dig up.
Some last minute painting to protect woodwork prior to the weather worsening, the other half pointing up the stonework. Last minute, out-door jobs hurriedly being done before the weather turns and we are all forced indoors.
Tonight we will light the fire and spend the evening chatting, eating and just generally enjoying the moment, hoping to catch another day tomorrow.