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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Postcards of Summer

Hellooooo everyone!  I hope you have all had a good summer (and winter for those in the Southern Hemisphere).  It's the end of August... HaPpY sKiPpY dAnCe as I say to my good friends!

The lead up into September and then stepping into my favourite month is my time to come out of the doldrums and embrace each and every day of Autumn (I count 1 September as the beginning of my Autumn).  The trees start to turn, the conkers start to fall, the nights draw in, the shops are full of delicious orange from pumpkins and trick or treat goodies and I can start to enjoy the early evening sunsets once more.  A happy month indeed.

The trouble with having a blog break, and one that has been so long, is where do you start?  The organisation of a blog post and editing photos become a little out of sync.  You forget just how long it takes to post something, the nerves of "is anyone going to read this?" as you hover over the publish button and hoping that the content is true to you.  Well, after days of unbelievable humidity and me in the grumpiest of grumpy moods as a result of it, I now type this with thunder and lightning performing an amazing show outside, the air is cooler with a very welcome freshness and, I've just noticed, a welcome darkness outside (I do love a good storm).

So, what have I been up to during August?  ... Well, there's been trips to my London town...

... and the climbing of a very steep hill in Lincoln! ...

... a start of a new job (in the same place but different responsibilities).  The view is slightly different but still in a wonderful medieval setting ...

... catching up with family at the seaside ...

... and of course, walks with little Tia ...

... and enjoying capturing the growth and then the early harvest of the surrounding fields ...

... there's also been some creative crochet and I am sorry to say that I gave up on the CAL as the different patterns had different gauges from the variety of lovely ladies that wrote them.  I couldn't get on with it so had to frog all the squares I made and decided to use the colours in one of Attic 24's Cozy Striped Blanket patterns instead.  I do love these colours.

This summer holiday has felt different to ones of the past with me just having one week off and not being needed for the rest due to the Teens now older and having their own interests.  The new job has come at a good time as change is forefront in my life and I am embracing all that is new, so with the Teens doing their own thing, I am able to get my head around what I want to do.  (By the way, the GCSE results were magnificently positive for Miss Teen!!)

So, this has been my postcards of summer.  I know some of you will say, did we have one?!  Well, I certainly felt it and will be glad to start breathing cooler air on my dog walks with Tia and out and about with Big Bertha (the camera).

I have missed my little corner of Blogland and the connection with you all, I'm really glad to be back!

Autumn's nearly here and I am SOOOOO happy!!


  1. Hello Friend,
    Thank you for the postcard. Happy that you had a lovely Summer. I did too.
    xx oo

  2. You have been missed!
    Happy you or refreshed from summer and I also love Autumn the best.

  3. Welcome back, Chel. I'm glad your summer went well and Hooray for the Teen's great marks on her exams.
    New challenges are great as life's circumstances change. It's sometimes hard to foresee what one will be doing.
    Looking forward to reading more about your summer! Did I see a birthday present in there - for you?

  4. Hi Chel! Welcome back! I love September, too! Yay for fall!
    Pretty photos today!

  5. Hi, Chel! So glad to see you back! I love September too although we don't much change related to fall until October. Love the post cards and see what you've been up to. I hope you are enjoying your new job responsibilities.

  6. Glad you're back Chel. Congrats. to Miss Teen.
    Looking forward to Autumn - but off to Kenya first, in a couple of weeks!

    Hugs - Mary

  7. Welcome back and congratulations to Miss Teen and your new job. Both are very exciting x

  8. Lovely photo's and glad you are back in blogland again as I have discovered a new blog to read. :) I am looking forward to September too as to me it is the start of a fresh new school year as have two daughters in primary xx

  9. Seems you've had a great summer!!!

  10. Sounds like a delightful summer. We had a brief respite when I thought fall was coming, only to have temps in the 100 degrees again. I too love a loud thunderstorm with rain pounding on the roof. Are you back now? I've really missed you!

  11. Welcome back. Sounds like you've had a good summer even if it's not your favourite month.

  12. Hi Chel! Welcome back. It sounds like you had a wonderful summer and blog break. Our summer has been fabulous weather-wise but oh so busy with company all summer long (if you read my blog posts you'll see why my sister has had an extended stay!) and why I haven't blogged much this summer. I started following you on Instagram. My account is private but would love if you followed me. Have a great week at your new job. xx Pam

  13. Lovely to see you again, Chel. We were noticing just this morning that some of the trees in our local park have already started dropping some leaves so autumn is definitely on its way!

  14. Big Bertha has done well - I love these snaps of your summer. Our weather is always cool here, even in summer, but since I can't take heat and humidity I understand your love of fall. That poppy looks like it's providing brunch for a lot of insects! Glad to see you back.

  15. Hello dear Chel! So good to have you back. Funny but our normally hot August has really cooled off these past couple of weeks. I'm loving it and so hoping it means Fall is right around the corner. I so ready! I totally understand what you mean...August usually finds me grumpy as well. :) Love all your pretty photos as always. Looking forward to seeing more!

  16. Glad you enjoyed your blogging break it is always difficult to get back into it. You take wonderful pictures, the view from your workplace is fantastic! Sarah x

  17. Welcome back! I have felt the same way about our summer here in the States. Sick of it! I am not necessarily on a blog break, just completely uninspired and feeling stressed out. I sure hope September brings relief for all of these things :)

  18. I'm so happy to see a new post and catch up a little! Love your seaside photos! And I'm glad the weather is changing. We'll hang on to summer a bit longer here...but I love it! Lots of hugs sweet friend, Diane

  19. Beautiful photos of your summer holidays, Chel. I can't help but be partial to the pic of the poppy, though, despite the fact that more than one bug in one place makes me nervous!


  20. Good to hear you are back in blogland. I've enjoyed the weather of late and like you can look back on some fabulous summer days. Glad the results went well and happy days in your new job. maybe next time you are in London we could meet up for a coffee.

  21. Good to hear from you, Chel. It sounds you had a great break. The 'blogger's block' is a very familiar feeling to me, too.

  22. Hello Chel, it's good to have you back. This is a lovely postcard post with such beautiful photos, the poppy is stunning. Congratulations to Ms Teen

  23. Hi Chel and welcome back. I know just how you feel, September is my favourite month too!!

  24. Hey lovely! It looks like you've had a fabulous summer and enjoyed the break! I've had a blogging break myself and am now starting to gear up to get back into blogging and crafting. Sheesh. Don't really know how to get back into the drill of things! Congrats to Miss Teen on her successful GCSEs! Hugs xxx

  25. I do hope for you you're not experiencing the same heat wave we are because for now autumn seems very, very far away in Brittany!


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