September is upon us already and I think like most people who have made comments on this and other blogs I am not ready to give summer up just yet and so my autumn will not start until 23rd September in line with the astronomical calendar!
The weather is still warm and sunny here – not the stifling heat we had earlier but quite a pleasant warmth. Still pleasant enough for picnics and eating outdoors; still pleasant enough to take an evening stroll, and just right for foraging in the hedgerows.
The evenings are certainly cooler though – I keep reaching for a cosy throw whilst I am sitting watching TV rather than turning the fire on to take off the chill. In my notebook I have been planning September – all our commitments have come to an end; school starts on Tuesday and my mum has returned home…September is all mine.
Like at the beginning of the year I am turning my intentions once again to the home – some of my good intentions and routines have been abandoned during the carefree summer months and the house is looking a bit neglected. Cooking, cleaning and neatening always feels deeply satisfying to me and September is the perfect month to begin again – preparing the home and garden for the coming winter months and getting back into a routine – albeit for me it will be a new routine now I no longer working.
Recently I have been having a serious clear out in my kitchen and dining room. I began with the food and then moved on to the crockery, pans and all the oddments that are held in the drawers and at the back of the cupboards. It is not an easy task. Decisions have to be made. But space is created.
I find that once I have been over everything it is good to go back again and I will often find more items to discard.
So for as long as the weather holds I have many plans for September…
Stillingfleet, Hartington and Glazebury all have gardens or well dressing events. There is also Heritage Open Days on 13th to 16th September. So much to choose from. We will certainly be having a few days out.
A trip to Scotland to our cottage
buy a new shed and erect
reinstate the compost bins
source a new front door
source a new garage door
hire a contractor to renew the driveway
revamp the front garden
the kitchen cupboards – continuing the decluttering and simplifying
outdoor sketching and card making
meal planning for late summer early autumn meals
baking with my homegrown apples
I have an extensive library of books by my bed and I intend to read more on the subject of simplifying and living with less.
looking at our new reduced budget to make ends meet
So that seems plenty to be going on with – I will be back with pictures of my declutter- it is very much an ongoing project at the moment.