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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Reasons to be cheerful for the end of summer

The unrelentingly bad weather over the last few days would suggest summer has left the building. It's true that there are things that once again didn't happen this summer, which are to be regretted (the new tealights for the garden didn't get out of their box; there was no al fresco barbecue with Pimms and we didn't go to a picnic concert, etc) but I am actually looking ahead to autumn, and even winter, with a degree of cheer.

Reasons to be cheerful:
1) A decent night's sleep beneath the weighty togs of a comfortable duvet;
2) Not having to close all the windows just to nip to the shops;
3) Not having to deal with kamikaze wasps in the garden;
4) Not having to do any gardening (except pick up all the sodden leaves and plant spring bulbs);
5) Magazines stop writing articles about "5 days to a bikini body";
6) Able to wear tights again and ditch the spray tan;
7) Snuggling into woollies and coats;
8) The occasional delight of a blue sky and sunshine combined with cold air;
9) Christmas. Yes we all pretend to hate it but I love getting the decorations out, buying presents and planning food menus;
10) Staying indoors in the warm while it pours outside, and not feeling guilty

What are your reasons to be cheerful this autumn?


Chris said...

Last year it was flying ants, this year its wasps. I've got a venus fly trap by the windows of my flat that gobbles up most intruders. I have a rule in my flat. If the venus fly trap hasn't caught a fly/wasp in 48 hours, I will stun it and drop it in its jaws. Failing that I will squish it and chuck it out the window.
RE no.9. Is it time to start thinking about Christmas already?!

Buggles Balham High Road said...

I feel exactly the same as you. I could have written that list.

Maddie Grigg said...

My beautiful pistachio green, winter coat. I love it, even if no-one else does.

Adri said...

Yes finally I will be able to wear all my winter wardrobe... and yes no more articles of "5 days to bikini body".

Valerie said...

Ciao, Gail - the air is turning here in Colorado it seems too (which is why it's always bittersweet to leave this time of year). The angle of the sun, the deeper color of the sky, the morning chill (your #1 above is my absolute all time FAV thing in the world!) - adore Fall - adore this post!

Java said...

Loved this post Gail! You are right on about all those things!