A colourful life

Friday, 8 October 2021

October ...ing

a bit lacklustre. I blame the diminishing daylight hours. Living at a high latitude is great in summer but not so much in winter.  

Jack of course knows exactly how to adapt to the changing seasons. I would like to follow his lead but I am not sure if I fit in the laundry bag.

My cooking reflects my lacklustre mood and is uninspired. For the first time ever I bought a frozen lasagne for Sunday dinner. Cook sells nice frozen meals, quite unlike those ultra-processed atrocities you can purchase at the supermarket. I served it with cucumber salad because the cucumbers in our fridge seem to multiply. Richard on the other hand has been cooking delicious food, for example roast beetroot. 

Listening to The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne. Loving it so far although some of the dialogue is a bit lengthy. Maybe I am impatient.

On that note, looking forward to book group at the end of October. Yes, real proper book group.

Watching Ghosts on BBC iPlayer. It is the funniest sitcom ever. If you enjoyed Horrible Histories with your children, you'll like Ghosts, too. 

Hand-sewing my second Ice Cream Soda quilt. It is shaping up to be quite different from my first one. 

Loving the colours in my October garden. It is colourful, much more so than late summer. Yellows, whites and some pinks. I have planted some late summer flowering perennials so that next year we have some August colour, too 

Eating produce from the garden. There are plenty of carrots, still some courgettes, a bag full potatoes and I just discovered my yellow late raspberries, they are very delicious. The cavolo nero is also ready to be harvested. I see a cavolo nero risotto in my near future. I also have two tiny quinces on my tiny quince tree. I call that a success.

Packing for another trip away. We are travelling to Devon for the October break, leaving on Monday. It is a long drive but we want to go to a family memorial service and it made sense to add a few days to the trip. 

Making progress with my running programme. I am once more able to jog for 30 minutes. As I typed this, I remembered that this day is the anniversary of my running accident that left me with a bad case to gravel rash and a bust ankle, which that took months to heal. This prompted me to dig out my leggings, protecting my skin in an eventual fall. It is so slippery when all the leaves come down.

Feeling relieved because my annual performance review is done and dusted. I have also finally submitted an application to Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (with a two year delay). 

Looking forward to a slow weekend and croissants for breakfast. 

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