September Reflections

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September is a month of transition. It begins with summer and ends with autumn. I feel I too am transitioning from summer to autumn. George has embarked on his own life, Katie and Tom are making plans. I no longer have children who need to be looked after, the hard work is done. I'm approaching my fiftieth year and I welcome it. In fact I positively relish it.






September's sampler for 2014. You might like to see all of the photo samplers I have made for September over the last five years, you can do so here.


21 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:56 pm BST

    Ha Ha enjoy it while you may that's all I will say.

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  2. I am thoroughly enjoying my fifties! Happy birthday when it comes!

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  3. Hey Sue, I really didn't want to be 50 not sure why just didn't but i loved my 40's, I'm 53 this weekend life's just the same and as my friend said to me "it's just a number" so enjoy!!
    Hope George is doing ok
    Best Wishes
    Sue xx

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  4. I am older than you and am enjoying retirement. My husband is retired too and our adult children live near us. Happiness reigns. I especially like the first photo, it is lovely. Ah September, a month of changes.

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  5. Sticking with the seasonal analogy I appear to be in late Autumn now, while feeling, mostly, like a Spring chicken. This is confusing. I cannot think where the time went. Embracing the changes, as you do, is the only way.

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  6. Hear! Hear! I've said before that with an ending always comes a beginning, and it's good to enjoy the process of adapting. Lovely photos x

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  7. Beautiful, I love light shining through glass. That green is divine. I'm glad you're feeling so positive. Still quite a bit of looking after to be done here. Mine seem to need micro-managing at the moment. CJ xx

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    1. The green is Fairy Liquid! Looks fab though doesn't it?

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  8. Wondering how George is finding Hull? DD18 found the Fresher's Week in Aberdeen a bit boring and is feeling much happier now she is doing some work! Love the sampler, as always - your photography is stunning.

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  9. Sue, your September reflections, visual and verbal, are beautiful.

    (Please permit me a little smile and even a giggle, as I discover I am old enough to be your mother. Of course, I am now old enough to claim many other ...oh, what to call those other attainments.)

    xo

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  10. I'm in my 50's and these are really great days. They seem to just get better and better!

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  11. I lovethe richness of that cobalt blue vase and those gorgeous orange jars of maybe quince jelly.
    Yes, the fifties were good - it seems like yesterday! I have a 20-year start on you! Each age has its joys and sometimes difficulties. Life is full of the unexpected and going with the way things are is certainly the most comfortable!

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    1. Yes, they are jars of quince jelly Sandra. I'm loving all these positive comments about getting older!

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  12. Like every stage in parenting beyond the one you are in, it seems impossible that you will ever get there - independence. You know I'm watching you to see how it's done, don"t you? No pressure.

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  13. You have the best attitude to turning fifty. When I did, I admit I struggled with it for a while. Which was ridiculous in hindsight. Now four years on, I feel quite differently. There is so much to embrace and cherish and be thankful for. (Of course I knew that before, but getting older has made me appreciate things, especially health, so much more.)
    Love the sampler.

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  14. If you care, as most of us do, then there is never full independence from our children. Not really. We worry and care as much as ever before. If we think that being a fully fledged adult means pushing them firmly out of the door and if they drop to the floor and never mind (some parents do, my own for instance), then full independence is possible and likely and may be alienating. You don't have to worry because out of sight out of mind. If you do stay attached and have some idea of the pattern their lives are taking, then you know about problems encountered etc. and still worry about it on their behalf. I lend support when required and sometimes that is a lot and sometimes it is not wanted or advisable. Help/assistance/interest is required when asked for though and not as a matter of right anymore. I need reminders about that sometimes. There is a happy medium that suits all parties even if sometimes toes do get trodden on. Leaving the 'nest' is a cultural thing and not really a nature one. There are not many materials around for young people to build their own these days, so after a brief outing to flap some wings ardently, you may find that they are back at home for a time. Ultimately of course it is the aim for them to leave and forge their own paths.

    When they have to do things for themselves, they like a bit of a holiday when they come home and enjoy the room service provided, I have found.

    Apparently many people look forward to their children moving out and can't wait to move in on their rooms - to make into offices, sewing rooms etc., go on exotic holidays without them and so on. Even to the extent of fibbing to their children that they will be devastated while secretly jumping for joy. (Article read in that lovely Daily Mail, that no one admits to reading and certainly not ever enjoying).

    When I was 30 I had friends who were 50 and they seemed very bright, happy and in a good place. So I have never been frightened of getting here. It is nearly upon me too.

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    1. Well I wasn't planning on changing the locks when they leave home :-)

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  15. Good on you, Sue! Being fifty is no big deal and I know that, as you feel the apron strings loosening a bit, you will be one of those people who make the absolute most of the freedom. Somebody as creative, friendly and bright as you are will never be short of adventures upon which to embark.

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  16. I love this reflective time twixt and 'tween the seasons and your sampler really sums up how jewel-like this September has been. You should be very proud that your children are independent and venturing out with confidence to take over the world!
    Shauna.x

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  17. Dahlias and enamelware... doesn't get much better than that.
    S

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  18. It took me so many years after the children were gone to stop thinking the year started in September. Lovely pictures; glad your boy has settled in to uni with what seems to be the minimum of fuss. He will do great !!

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