Is September the New January

File 05-09-2017, 17 01 48I am wearing a scarf!

I’m also sitting in the garden with a cup of coffee answering emails and generally planing my day and the week ahead. But I’m wearing a scarf – and there in lies the difference.

The mornings are becoming distinctly Autumnal and there is a bit of a chill on the back of my neck as I sit on the bench in the garden, so my scarf has its first outing of the new season.

August has ended and with it the Summer holidays. Gone are the relaxed mornings without having to duck the sniper like bullets of questions fired at me by a sulky teenager late for school. My kitchen table has been an oasis of early morning calm throughout August, as those of you who wrangle teenagers will know – they rarely surface before noon.

September has sidled her way in and every day the changes in season become more apparent. Our tomato plants have heaved their last sigh and the few remaining fruits have turned a beautiful golden orange. Our Elder tree has almost been picked clean by the starlings, save the ones I managed grab. And my youngest is back to school in her last year of High School.

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The last of the tomatoes.
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What’s left of the elderberries.
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Orla and Sugar

The wheel is turning – but I rather like that.

I rather enjoy the ending of something you have enjoyed, but know will return. It’s the opportunity to  say “thank you, see you again soon” and then “Hello again, back already” to what is to come with all that Autumn has to offer.

I really enjoy making plans for the new things that are to come. Friends of mine lament the loss of Summer and the longer light evenings, but there is nothing nicer that coming home lighting the fire and cosying up as the evenings becomes darker and the weather more inclement.

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The change from Summer to Autumn around September time is far more pronounced than the actual New Year in January, for me at least. After all the 1st January is still mid-Winter, but maybe it has more to do with the new academic year starting. Traditionally children were given the summer months free from schooling to help their families with the harvests. Then when all was safely gathered in they had to start back again. So I suppose it all links together somehow.

My sewing plans are changing too. Some of the projects I really want to make have had to go on the “next year pile”. But that gives me space to focus on other projects that need to be prepared and started in readiness for the Winter.

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The lovely winter coat I have been using for the last 10 years has finally given up the ghost so that is a project I need to complete fairly swiftly!

I’d like some new trousers, slim legged but not sure of the pocket detail yet.

The Julia top, lengthened is easy to throw on over jeans, so a couple of those in some new French Terry or quilted jersey would be great.

I also fancy a new dress. Maybe one with a waist seam and pockets? Where’s my sketchbook I feel some designing coming on…..

What are you planning on making this Autumn? I’d love to know.

Jules x

2 thoughts on “Is September the New January

  1. Jules I always enjoy reading your posts – you sitting in the garden with your lovely bright scarf really is a picture perfect Sept in the north! I have been looking forward to the cooler and WETTER weather! We had an unusually hot and dry summer riddled with extensive forest fires (I’m in BC Canada) which left thousands homeless and destroyed vast hectares of our precious global oxygen machine. Bring on autumn and the rain I say!! I’m making knit tops of course 🙂 I have 3 X 2 metres swathes of bamboo/cotton knit, washed and ready to go on my cutting table for some 3/4 sleeve pull over tops 🙂 I realized recently I only own 1 of them and I wear it ALL the time throughout the fall. I could do with more than 1 without turning into a total clothes horse – speaking of which 🙂 love your pic of Sugar and Orla!

  2. Hi Kathleen, thanks for your comment 🙂 I quite the Autumn too, not much of a hot weather person myself, but at least we’re quite lucky not to have to worry about forest fires!! You can never have too many jersey tops, they work all year round!! 🙂

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