August is rapidly drawing to a close.
There is a real feel that the summer is ending.....
....before we've even had one!!!
It's been a funny old week. With the feeling of summer ending, Jeff beginning to get back into work mode, it's almost felt like wanting to stop time! Sophie went back to Cardiff on Monday morning, then on Tuesday Lynn and I met up for a walk.
Our sole purpose, to pick blackberries!
Not for me, I picked some last week, but for Lynn.
They are looking plump and plentiful!
Spotted these gorgeous dahlia's whilst out, in someone's garden.
How glorious do they look x
The mornings are misty and there is a chill in the air.
The pumpkin is beginning to ripen, although we discovered there is a massive hole underneath, so it definitely won't make it to Halloween.
My figs are still the gift that keeps on giving.
IF we get a long, warm, sunny September, and it's a big IF, I could be picking for weeks.
There is still so much fruit on the tree.
I've been getting between 3-6 figs every day....
....far too many for me, so I've been gifting them to friends.
We have had the occasional bit of sunshine. It's certainly 'make the most of it, whilst it's here' mentality. This summer really has been a shocker, got to be one of the wettest on record. Had we not been lucky enough to go away, I really do think I'd wonder if we missed it altogether. This was the first time I'd felt it was warm enough to get out the umbrella. Jeff was in school Wednesday and most of Thursday for GCSE results. He's back in again from Tuesday next week and then, that really is it. A six week term hurdle to get over, before we go to Barcelona in October Half Term.
The only real summery thing left, are the sunflowers.
I went out this morning to check on the figs and spotted this colour coordinated spider! According to Google it's a Yellow Sac Spider! 'Common in the UK, a beneficial predator in agricultural fields, also known to be mildly venomous, with bites causing itching and swelling!'
Will just admire from afar then!!
More than happy to see the bees!
If for no other reason, it's been worth growing sunflowers, just for the bees.
They've loved them x
So it's the final Bank Holiday before Christmas. For once I get to have the time off, although to be honest, it feels the same as any other Sunday now. We don't tend to do anything, go anywhere as the summer holidays draw to a close, as Jeff enjoys the time at home before term starts. He's been doing a few more jobs out in the garden, a tip run and I've made another round of crumbles. Some for now, some to freeze! I hate waste and now I've no job, I feel I should make the most of any freebies xx
I am currently making a list of jobs around the house to keep me occupied. There is so much decorating to do. I used to love painting but could happily leave it now. I have all the door frames to do, which just seems so tedious but am going to list all the jobs in order of priority and once Jeff goes back to school and on any wet, housebound days, I shall begin to work my way through them.