I have hardly left the house apart from one brief trip out - more on that in a moment. It has been a lot colder all of a sudden and today (Monday) I stuck my head outside very briefly and it was so very very cold! I think that it is certainly getting to be scarf time and it is already coat time and socks indoors time! Brrr!!!
What did I do stuck indoors all weekend?
It all starts last week really. I wasn't feeling myself after our holiday in September and it has taken me until the start of last week to really feel myself again properly. So my to do list was so far behind. Massive in fact. Over 100 things! Some of which had already been done, but there were many things still to be completed.
Last week I really cracked on with the list. Getting loads done and by the weekend I just had a few things remaining. One of which I got hubby to do and I got all of the other things done other than cleaning the bits of brass - letter box etc - on the front door as they are pretty gross and sorting out our wardrobe. So, not too bad at all. Of course I now have a new to do list for this week but it is just the things that are due to be done this week plus the two left over things. I feel much better about it.
My weekend was therefore spent in a combination of finishing up the massive list and doing nothing after all my running around last week.
Here are a few highlights!
Yesterday evening I saw this beautiful sunset. It has come out a bit lighter here than it really was, but it was very beautiful!
Then I noticed the trees through this window and what a wonderful colour they looked.
This is the tree not through the obscured glass. The sunset was shining on them and really highlighted the wonderful colours.
The yarn that I have been waiting for to make the second shawl that I have been commissioned to make for Basildon Park arrived. For some reason my camera didn't want to photograph it in focus, but you get the idea I am sure.
As I said, we did have one very brief trip out over the weekend. To go and get the meat for next months meals after I had done the meal planning. I didn't do so well at this in October and I really noticed it. So it was good to get a plan done and to know that I am back on track!
Hubby did loads of things, finishing up some projects for the house and much tidying in the garden. I just directed from indoors. He has gathered up all of the geraniums (pelargoniums really!) and sheltered them by the house. I have yet to decide what to do with them any further, but the house should provide some protection for now. Leaves were raked and gathered, dead foliage removed and other tidying up jobs done. It really is getting wintery now in the garden.
I stayed inside as I said and watched various things on TV including the BBC4 programme about servants - which was very good, I recommend it - and reading my book. It fits in very well with the programme about servants and also watching Downton right now. Funny how things come together isn't it.
The new Persephone Biannual arrived this weekend too, so I have that to read as well, oh and my new Gardeners World magazine which means that the Country Living Christmas edition will come in the next couple of days. Eeekk!! Christmas!
Speaking of which, many of you have joined the card swap. Thank you so very much!!! Even if I haven't replied to you personally you will be on the list and will be matched up! There are over 40 people taking part so far, so I will have to start getting things together to match everyone up! There is still time to join in if you want to.
Although my "seasonal" cactus hadn't flowered in time for Five On Friday on Saturday morning the buds burst open. This is how it looks today. Isn't it beautiful!!! I am so pleased.
This weekend is Halloween, and although we don't do anything "scary or spooky" we do "do" Halloween. By that I mean that I have a few pumpkin decorations and we give out sweets to callers. I only buy things that I like to eat in the hope that there will be some left for us to munch on!
The box of decorations is down from the loft and I will put them out and about today or tomorrow - I will show you when they are done.
Amongst the jobs that hubby completed was putting up these picture shelves. They have turned out to be rather closer together than I anticipated... but we can now have these pictures displayed. I wanted to have then put up in this way to give me another opportunity to change things around if I want to, but I don't expect that I will!
While Hubby was busy, I was snuggling under a blanket and admiring the flowers that are now on their third week! Aren't chrysanthemums the best value flowers ever!!
I also retrieved my huge "Thanksgiving" platter. Not that we have Thanksgiving Dinner here - or indeed Thanksgiving - but I like to have it out for November and now the pictures have been put up I have space to display it on the sideboard. Yay!
Gosh, this is all getting a bit of a long post, but I am nearly there! Promise.
Warty pumpkins have been purchased and displayed on the doorstep. The cashier in the supermarket was surprised that I wasn't going to carve them, but we never do. They are just decorations that will remain either until the end of November or the frost gets them. I did convince the cashier to try pumpkin soup though!
So, finally, I am at the end. What is happening this week? Well, today it is very cold as I already said. But the sky is beautifully blue as you can see. The neighbours are having their hedges trimmed, so all I can hear is hedge cutters. They all seem to get their hedges cut at once around here. We do our own. So the noise will be going on all day. The hedges will look nice though!
Another project that Hubby finished is what you can see below. I have yet to do what I need to do with it, so I will share more in due course. This is just a teaser!
I had better leave this post here as I have rambled on for so very long.
Sorry if I don't appear to have been by your posts or replied to your comments. I have, as I always do, read all of your comments. Thank you very much for all that you have had to say. I have also read your posts, just not commented as I have been busy doing other things - or reading!
I hope that you all had a great weekend and will have a really good week too, especially those of you who are on half term!
To see what others did this weekend, go and visit Karen's post at Pumpkin Sunrise. I am linking up with Karen today. Thank you Karen for the prompt!