October Morning

It’s hard believing October is nearly at an end, that the clocks went back an hour last weekend and that it’s only some eight weeks to Christmas, especially when this morning I found myself sitting in the garden, drinking coffee and enjoying the birds and the sunshine, and most of all the unseasonally warm temperature here at 9 o’clock this morning. Unheard of for this time of year in England! The garden borders are still looking good, with cosmos (I’ve never known it grow so tall – over 5ft) and dahlias, coreopsis and fuchsias still in a profusion of bloom, even a carnation poking its scarlet head through the flowering oestospermums and the rudebekias are still going strong. Not a breath of wind either, which is most unusual for this garden as we’re high up and invariably there’s always a wind blowing.100_6741

With a second cup of coffee in hand, I watched the robin who’s claimed the garden as his home flit from seed feeder to bird bathe to flowerbeds in his busy hunt for food. He’s getting quite tame now, and even before I’ve turned away from filling up bird tray on the stand each morning, he’s there picking out his favourite morsels from the oats, suet and mealworms before the greedy starlings flock in. A quick drink and he’s up in the holly tree chirping his heart out in competition with the two wrens sitting in the ivy – such little birds with loud voices and beautiful songs. Anyone would think it was spring instead of approaching winter. A pleasant two hours spent listening to the birds chattering, the sparrows vying for a place on the perch of the seed feeder.

But two hours was all I could spend there today, not because of the things indoors I had to do but because at this time of year, the sun has left the patio by 10 o’clock, thrusting the garden into shade for the rest of the day. Another week or so and there will be no sun at all in my back garden until March, so I made the most of it before going back inside and sorting the washing, find the vacuum and the duster. I found them, but then couldn’t be arsed to do any housework. Perhaps tomorrow. Perhaps it will be too cold to sit outside. Perhaps it will be cold enough to turn on the central heating, put on an extra layer of clothing and think of the glorious days we’ve had this summer. On the other hand…

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8 thoughts on “October Morning

  1. What Lavada said. It’s a wonderful picture you give us. And those birds are very lucky to have you. I hope you get a bit of sunshine again tomorrow. The chores can wait for a darker day, eh?

  2. You paint quite a word picture Kit. Love it. We, like you, had a glorious summer but the day fall officially hit it was like another layer descended and we were magically in fall. It’s cool and really wet here. No birds and the flowers are done. I need to get out and do that final autumn cleanup but it’s too wet right now. Sleepy days are ahead and of coarse the holidays. The family is starting to plan a trip to Cancun for Jan which as you reminded me with the Christmas countdown, is right around the corner.

    Enjoy!

    • Dark here now, Lavada, and it’s just started pouring with rain. And chilly. Certainly will be putting on the heating this evening. We’ve lots to do here to put the garden to bed but whilst it’s all still blooming lovely we will hold back until the first frosts. If you find room in your suitcase for Cancun, think of me. I don’t take up much room 🙂

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