A Time of Change
Autumn has always been my favourite season, although when I was younger I think that had more to do with the fact that it's my birthday season rather than anything else! Over time though there have been more and more reasons why I love this time of year, and so many happy memories associated with it. I remember spending a few days, many years ago, visiting my sister in York and taking walks along big tree lined roads. I remember wrapping up in a really long colourful scarf, which was the fashion at that time, crunching through the leaves and having all the happy feels of being with my family. I think for me this time of year is always associated in my mind with family and being outdoors, a time of being together on walks collecting conkers and chestnuts.There always seems to be a big build up and feeling of anticipation when it comes to autumn. You can almost feel the change in the air, with those slightly crisper mornings which I welcomed with open arms this year after those last few summer days of stifling heat. I love this time of year as that anticipation makes you feel like anything is possible, an almost tickling sense of excitement for the future. It's at this point that I get slightly more feverish about knitting projects again. I finished the one in the pictures, which became a cable knit beanie hat and am working on another one but this time in a soft lilac grey colour. Although recently I've been trying to juggle my desire to knit with my want and curiosity to carry on watching The Killing. Unfortunately I've never learnt Danish so I can't really do both at the same time as reading subtitles and concentrating on cable knits simultaneously is rather tricky. When I was at school I took part in a student exchange to Copenhagen, but sadly I didn't pick up much of the language beyond 'tak' in my week away, the Danish family I stayed with were big fans of Midsomer Murders and Barnaby though, but that's another story!
This year the anticipation of change is slightly keener as R is ever so close to handing in his PhD. This has meant many evenings and weekends of feverish writing, proof-reading and late nights for him. I think both of us are eager for this period to be over so R can finally slow down and relax and so we can spend time together again. I'm so proud and in awe of how hard he has worked, how long he has managed to stay focused for and how cheerful he has remained over these years. This autumn will most definitely be a big time of change in our house!