I’m slowly piecing myself back together after the summer holidays. It was good for my soul to have slow days with the children, free time, play and a change up in our normal routines for a few weeks. Our days were full but our schedules were somehow empty, just what we needed after our first step into school life.
By some miracle I managed to juggle work and motherhood fairly smoothly over the summer, but after 7 weeks of editing in the evenings and squeezing shoots in around playdates, I was ready for a more structured rhythm again. I’ve always valued time alone, it helps me find my own internal balance and I crave it when it’s sparse. Now, here I sit at our kitchen table with no one pulling at my jumper or hiding under my skirt, and it feels good to remember what silence sounds like.
A new school year brings with it a fresh season. I’ve noticed golden leaves at my feet when I’m out walking, and rosehips on our bush out back. My lime green and white hydrangeas are fading the most beautiful shade of dusty pink and there’s a fresh tub of pansies waiting to be potted in our windowsill boxes. Soon it will be time to clear the dead growth and make way for spring bulbs. I’ve just ordered mine ready for October planting, I broke out of my tendency for neutrals and opted for shades of apricot and peach. It’s one of my favourite things to get my hands dirty in the garden, knowing that in just a few months the rewards will be plentiful and colour will flush through the earth.
Autumn is full of promise for me, like an old familiar friend. Something about the light that finds it’s way into our kitchen each afternoon and pours a warm glow over our table. Something about the smell of turning leaves in the air that just makes me happy. Yesterday I baked soda bread and made rosemary and smoked garlic infused oil. I can’t wait to drizzle it over warm toast once the flavours have married together. I’ve dug out our collection of blankets, quilts and bed throws and today I’m wearing a jumper and my sheepskin slippers – things are starting to get cosy.
Here’s a little playlist I made to see us into Autumn. Wishing you a beautiful season ahead. xo