I have been wandering about through my September photographs. 2009 seems to have been a great season for mushrooms in our garden. It's interesting how the harvests vary from year to year and how easy it is to forget. This year is the season of damsons and tons and tons of autumn raspberries.
In September 2010 I find we were visiting our friends in Provence, driving through the Camargue and wandering the glorious stone buildings of Avignon. I find bulls and white horses and stone streets and a brightness of light that is rare here in North Wales.
In September 2011 our then nearly two year old grandson was busy playing trains. What has changed? He and his family have moved house and acquired land and pigs and he has grown tall and gone to school. He still likes trains as a nearly five year old but the trainlines have become extraordinarily complex!
Oh look, in 2012 I went to Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh language centre on the beautiful Lleyn peninsula, and did a week's intensive Welsh course. My Welsh has been neglected over the last year with other family commitments. I must revive it. Perhaps another visit would be the shot in the arm it needs!
In 2013 the dahlias were glorious. I left them in the ground for the winter for the first time ever and was gloomy in the spring when nothing seemed to show for a very long time. Then suddenly in the summer the dahlias sprang into life just when I had entirely given them up. Now we just need a long, warm autumn. I have buds but no flowers. Are we too high and too far North to leave it so long?
This September comes around without my mother and my father in law. How life changes. And yet how life goes on, as this year we have new babies, ten month old Eliza, represented by the little Elizabeth Zimmerman jacket, and three week old Ted, represented by the Debbie Bliss crossover cardigan. I have just had a big birthday.
Seize the day. Feel the sun on your skin. Hold the damson jam up to the light. Hug the people you love.
I am sorry to have blogged so much less over the summer and not to have been out and about connecting with the blogs I enjoy reading. Thanks so much to those who read me for sticking with me. I think I am back now! Time to dive back in again.