When the days start to shorten and the lights go on earlier and earlier, the dew is on the hedges in the morning
and the bumble bees are not as active or busy; I captured this one on my phone just sitting in the morning mist on todays walk down at the river.
I start to get a bit down. I am a SAD sufferer, Season Affected Disorder and when Autumn starts turning all the leaves golden and the hedges give up their sloes for gin making, berries for jams and pies and the tall whispering weeds become fluffy clouds of seeds waiting to be blown into their over winter resting places I start to get miserable.
Yesterday, I was walking with my lovely dog walking friends when we came across this little chap..
He gives this gorgeous grin on command, such a happy puppy and he is suffering with a skin condition at the moment which has made him itch and scratch until he is sore, his owner said that the vet has told them he is allergic to something so they are now undergoing various tests and fuss to find out what, but he can still give a grin.
My lovely dog walking friend said that she too is a sufferer of SAD and what she does is think lovely things that she can look forward to in the Winter. Snuggling up with a warm drink and roasting toes near the fire after a long walk with the dogs, through the snow and late Winter sunshine, wrapped up in thick jumpers and socks with welly boots that mean you can crunch the ground whether it be snow or heavy frost. Seeing the trees shed their leaves making huge piles on the ground that the dogs can charge through and play in. Watching Defi roll in the muddy fields and knowing I have to go home and bath him seems to cheer her up too, although I am not sure its something I look forward too!
But I can look forward to toasty days with the kiln and create my beads, or sit with warm drinks and write my stories in the kitchen or even...
finish my crocheting with my favourite little friend, Gordy my little cat, he whose stories we write for Cat World Magazine each month. He has taken to my unfinished poncho and sits with me whilst I try and finish it, I have plenty of yarn so will be busy this Winter in the evenings.
I have plenty to look forward too when the nights draw in and the wind calls at the windows.