I’ve been quiet in this space the last month, needing to take a breather and step away from my computer a while. It’s been a funny few weeks in this house. The shift from Summer to Autumn is normally one of my favourites, but this year, with Rafferty starting school, it’s been more than a gentle transition for our family. I’ve been working more than I have since I started out as a photographer which has meant the juggle of work, home and family has been challenging and, as is often the case when I feel stretched, the children and I landed in a bit of a funk before half term. We needed the break, the time to rest and recharge and I spent most of it unplugged, savouring the moments with them both at home and lapping up the beauty that early autumn generously gives out.
In other news, we are getting our cosy on at home! I’ve swapped out our summer bed linen for snugglier ones and dug out our old wool blankets for the chilly evenings. And because it is the season for candle light and golden leaves, my mantle piece is aglow with sparkles and foraged sprigs, too pretty for Elsie to leave on the floor. I’ve been fending off a rotten cold, my first in months, by diffusing seasonal oils like clove, ginger, nutmeg, thieves, eucalyptus and orange to make things cosy and to support my immune system. Our fridge is stocked with leafy green veg and other goodness and my slow cooker has been on the go for those simple, hearty suppers that hit the spot this time of year.
We’ve taken down the old cot in Elsie’s bedroom and in its place sits a big girl’s bed, with a big girl sleeping in it. It was time to let go and make the leap. She took it far easier than her mama who is clutching onto the last faint whispers of baby. It’s hard to believe I will have a 5 and a 3 year old in February. Adapting to school life has meant reassessing our rhythm and making some changes – more on that soon.
I’ve been thinking about what a funny thing social media is. I still find it bizarre that we can open up little slivers of our life to so many strangers – it doesn’t always sit comfortably with me, but I feel very lucky on the flip side for the community of wonderful people; creatives, mothers, kind strangers and life long friends that I’ve met through social media and I feel I’m at a healthy place with it now, dipping in and out and feeling as happy out than in. I’ll be sharing some more thoughts on this in the coming weeks.
This morning, as we woke to the news of a Trump president, the world felt a little bleaker, painted appropriately with a gloomy downpour through the bedroom window. Who knows what the future holds, for us or for our children and grandchildren. It’s certainly uncertain!
Wishing you all a happy Autumn xo