Today I looked at the lavender bush where I saw Mr Toad back in May. The lavender bush did pretty well this year but I realised that I still need to cut off the dead flower stalks.
I checked that the hens were happy under their new rain cover. They get a new one every winter, and I spend each spring and summer looking for perfectly clear shower curtains that I can use. Gill found this one for me in the Habitat closing down sale.
I marvelled at the amount of cherry leaves that had fallen in just one day since I last cleared them all up. I love how they look on the green grass, but if I leave them there, we will have no grass next summer...so every week or so I rake them up.
And I drank my cup of tea and rejoiced at my toasty warm shoulders and wrists. As well as Making Winter, there's something else that has caught my eye this month: Wovember. This is Kate Davies' and Felicity Ford's campaign and celebration of 100% wool. I was as appalled as Kate was to discover, when I read her blog last month, that an item of clothing that contains no wool whatsoever can still legally use the word wool or woollen in its description. Wovember has been set up as a way to highlight this issue, campaign to change it, and at the same time celebrate everything 100% wool.
My shawl is knitted from sock yarn, which is a wool blend of 75% wool and 25% polyamide. This enables socks and shawls and anything else knitted with it to be subjected to lots of use and regularly chucked in the washing machine. My armwarmers are 100% wool, from merino sheep, and I just love them to bits. They are incredibly warm, and perfect for pulling over my hands as I clutch my early morning cup of tea.