The weather has been mixed again today. This morning it was so dark and rainy that I was very glad to hide in a warm kitchen finishing off my batch of mincemeat.
British summertime has ended and it certainly looked autumnal in the garden as I worked, just don't tell the cosmos as they are still flowering their heads off
The light is so lovely when the sun is that bit lower in the sky isn't it. It shines under shrubs and highlights usually dark corners.
The leaves are really begining to fall now. It's a little sad to see them begin to disappear until spring but I liked the way CJ says she focuses on them feeding the worms and fungi, who turn them into lovely rich soil for next spring.
A few weeks ago mum treated me to this little eucalyptus tree. I've wanted one for ages and evergreens seem extra special at this time of year, when we know there will be so many bare branches soon.
I love the shape and colour of the foliage, especially against the black of the shed.
I know they can make huge trees and the more mature leaves are much different to this. But happily it doesn't mind if you cut branches off for flower arrangements, therefore encouraging more young leaves.
As I get older I find I'm more drawn to interesting foliage. Obviously I'll always love flowers but I can equally enjoy beautiful foliage.
I really like this houseplant I bought in the summer. It's a pepperomia, a new plant to me.
I took a cutting as soon as I bought it and after a couple of months in water it had a good root system so I moved it onto soil and started a new cutting in water.
I like the idea of making "back up plants" incase the parent plant dies or gets too big.
I'll finish this post by sharing my favourite Halloween decoration, this sweet handknitted witch. She comes out every year and never fails to make me smile.
Happy Halloween if you celebrate it lovelies, if not, happy last day of October. Lets hope for a kind November with plenty of small joys.