Ripening

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

As the fruit ripens in my garden so do plans and schemes. Not big, life-changing plans and schemes but small creative ones. Summer is a good time to take stock of one's creative life I think. Time out from ordinary life and time to talk to like-minded people have been just what I needed to recharge my creative batteries.

Autumn is on its way and with it a sense of change. I have never been able to shake the back to school feeling I get as September approaches. Not the gloom associated with resuming dreary toil, but the excitement and sense of infinite possibility that a new set of pens and a clean white page bring.

Plans are still unformed but they will include a crochet twine tote in autumnal colours (I won the giveaway!), Christmas socks to knit, maybe a shawl too, there will also be a quantity of quinces to deal with, and I think it is time to sharpen my pencils and take up a long neglected skill.






26 comments:

  1. Although I had quite a few flowers on my 'trained over an arch' quince tree, in the end, only 1 fruit set so I shall really look forward to that! Ah well, maybe next year. 2 years ago I managed to get 10, which for the size tree it is, is quite good.

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  2. I love autumn and the back to school time - I just wish I was still at university! It doesn't stop me buying new pens though ha ha

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  3. Well, I haven't yet broken out my pencils or watercolours, but - I have been cooking for my lunches this last few days, so I do have a small sense of achievement.

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  4. I can't wait to see what's in store!

    And yes, I too get that fresh-page feeling when autumn arrives.

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  5. What are the berries in the second pic? They look like jewels.
    For me it'll be knitting, for the first time in years. And I really will reupholster that chair..

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    1. It's woody nightshade. I won't be making jelly from it!

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  6. Lucky you, with that lovely and entirely autumnal twine. You draw?

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    1. Used to draw. It's been about 25 years.

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    2. 38 years and counting. I've still got a huge oak plan chest. Perhaps it's time I opened the drawers. Love your string. You might need thin cotton gloves for the crocheting of it though. It's quite scratchy.

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  7. A lovely time of year to make new plans. I'm beginning to think I should make some myself!

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  8. September will always be the true start of the year for me, no matter what the calendar says. Dreading it this year, though, as we'll be empty nesters for the first time. Looking forward to seeing your twine tote.

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  9. Wonderful winning Sue, I'm tempted to make one of those totes myself, love all the colours available in the twine. I can feel a nip in the air and change is definitely afoot, I need to get back to writing my lists x Penny

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  10. I'm a notebook addict and I always get terribly overexcited when September approaches and stationery supplies appear in the shops. The possibilities contained in a nice new notebook cannot be overstated. Beautiful photos Sue, I love the one of the quince. I've just started knitting a shawl - I think the season must definitely be shifting.

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  11. Oh yes to the shawl and the twine tote and to the pencil rediscovery. So many good things Autumn has in store.

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  12. Sue, I do agree about this time of the year giving a certain impulse of renewal, and encouragement of new projects. Maybe it's the change in the daylight hours that play a catalyst role?

    Your crocheted tote is lovely, but...I wonder what it is actually like to crochet that twine. Please do reveal "first hand" experiences.

    Thank you for that quince photo. And best wishes as you pick up those pencils. xo

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  13. I love early autumn - it crackles with possibility and there's undoubtedly a taste of it in the air now. If you do pick the pencils up again, I hope you'll share the results - or at least let us know how you're getting on - for me it's the most intimate art practice.

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  14. Well, as you know I am ridiculously excited by the impending autumn Sue. Many plans being made here including chutneys, foraging (yay!), sewing & getting back to some knitting. By the way, you took the sun with you! Pah :)

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    1. Well I don't know what I've done with it 'cos it's not here.

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  15. can't wait to see your Tote Sue... and lovely to see you yesterday!

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  16. Oh, I LOVE autumn too, especially that "new pencil case" feeling. I'm not quite ready for summer to be over though - mainly because September DOES mean a return to work!
    Sue, I love your blog so much. Over the last couple of days I have spent hours and hours reading back lots of old posts - they're funny, beautiful, inspirational and comforting. Thank you.

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  17. Oh yes, the new pencil case feeling of autumn, I love it. I always feel much more geared up for projects, challenges and new things in September than I ever do in January. I like the sound of your plans. x

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  18. I had no idea that quince were so fuzzy! Beautiful photos.

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  19. Quince are underrated. If ever they appear in supermarkets they are not nice, but wonderful to grow and to buy from roadside stalls. Mmm, must not forget to do so. I went to a national Trust event at Grays, near London, and there was a wonderful apple festival with all other kinds of fruit too. your post has reminded me to check up and see if they are doing it again this year.

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  20. Get drawing! Really, just get back to it... I did quite recently and now there's no stopping me.

    I'm not saying I'm not self-critical but I have (over the years) become more confident and lost the impulse to tear the page out, screw it up and throw it away. Buy a sketchbook and get going - this is the perfect time of year for it. The best of luck to you. I hope you enjoy rediscovering your skills :)

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  21. Just had a read through many of your posts, will have to try that caramel from waitrose. The tote in the colors you won will look great, I have knitted with garden jute, is that what that is similar to? Hard on the fingers but looks great.

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  22. I just adore this post! Your first paragraph made me smile so in agreement. My own summer was nearly lost to too much busyness, but that has suddenly gone and I have a few weeks to savor. Happy me!

    The colors of the twine are wonderful and your tote is coming along so well. I wonder where I can find the twines stateside....Amazon I expect!

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