Well here in Derbyshire it is certainly turning very Autumnal. The whole week is forecast gale force winds and rain....Mmmm just what we all need! However there is a nicer side to Autumn, I love the colours of the trees as they turn (I don't like the mess they make) and I love battening down the hatches indoors ready for the onset of the colder weather. I am in the throes of getting out winter quilts and Welsh blankets in readiness.
I also had a lucky find yesterday, from Freecycle of all places. We were listing some bits and pieces unearthed in the garage (Hubby has been very busy tidying up the bomb site that was our garage) when eagle eyed me spotted a large picnic basket on offer. I emailed the lady and last evening went to pick it up.
I know, a bit late in the season but I couldn't resist especially as it is a lovely large vintage basket. As you can see it has had a bit of a makeover with the ticking fabric holding the wonky lids together and a Toile lavender heart.
The front garden has also had a bit of a tidy up in readiness for the cooler weather. Hubby spent ages weeding the knot garden (or what will eventually become one) and we replanted the window boxes with evergreens and heathers.
It is a lot tidier now and makes the front of the cottage look better.
I even got on the step ladder and cleaned down the front porch and oiled the Oak front door. Of course it had to have a heart hanging from it...suitably rustic of course.
One of the cast iron window boxes..they weigh a tonne!
Our lovely old apple tree is laden with apples once more ready to be picked this weekend. It is reputed to be over 100 years old! Our lovely neighbour has lived next door for 56 years and it was an old tree then she tells me. It is lovely because she can remember how the cottage looked when it was still two dwellings. We have managed to trace it back to at least 1850-1860 so very early Victorian and I have a picture of how one side looked in 1930!
The garden is still very green at the moment but that will all change in the coming weeks. We have another apple tree and two pear trees that are laden with fruit so I think it's going to be shared with the neighbours with some left over for cooking.
A little bit more Autumnal colour, just to get us in the mood. Have a wonderful week whatever you are doing. Thank you for all the lovely uplifting comments and hello to all my new followers.