Stepping into Autumn

Autumn is upon us once more, with cool, crisp mornings, warm, sunny afternoons (more often than not!) and darker evenings, and the leaves of the trees just starting to turn in our corner of the world.

Last week, my husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary, and next week we’ll have been together for 14 years. I still feel very lucky to have found him; my husband is my best friend, he’s been a supportive partner through so many challenges and changes, and he’s become a devoted, hands-on father too. It hasn’t always been easy, over the years we’ve had to navigate long-distance as work and study pulled us in opposite directions across the map, interfering in-laws and family estrangements, illnesses and a hundred other hurdles. Yet there has been so much more laughter, affection and joy, and the hard times we’ve faced have always been made easier by the reassuring comfort of standing side by side, hand in hand through it all.

We managed a rare child-free evening out to celebrate our anniversary at a delicious Spanish tapas restaurant, we ate so much food, enjoyed a tasty mocktail, then ice-cream and a wee wander up to the University to see my hubby’s new office.

My husband starts a new job next week, one that involves much less travel around the UK than his previous role, which will suit our little family better. In contrast, I’ve been with the same employer for over six years now, by far the longest I’ve ever worked anywhere, and I’d like to make a change at some point in the future but I’m very lucky that my employer offers flexible working options that fit around family life.

I’m not one to count my chickens before they’ve hatched but it’s hard not to feel excited and nervous when our second child’s due date is just 7 weeks away! I had a bit of a fright a couple of weeks ago as I was involved in a 4 car accident on my way home from work, though luckily no one involved was injured and after exchanging details we all made our way home. Even so, it was a relief to see our baby at the 32-week growth scan last week, and to see everything looking healthy and normal. We also received our baby box from the Scottish government and enjoyed unpacking all the useful things inside.

We’ve finally started work on our front garden with the help of my father-in-law (and our daughter who just loves to get involved with whatever we’re doing), creating a new path that leads directly up to the front door. For the last few years the front garden has been overgrown and neglected so I’m really looking forward to doing something with this space, and my imagination is running wild with ideas of silver birch and cherry blossom trees and a pond.

I love September with the last of the summer warmth and the first chill of autumn, as it always seems like month of beginnings and endings, changes and transitions, as one season draws to a close and another begins, and I’m looking forward to lots of cosy times ahead. Have a lovely week. X

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8 thoughts on “Stepping into Autumn

  1. Happy Anniversary to you both, here’s to many happy years ahead! The tapas looks lovely, especially the padron peppers. They are my favourite tapas dish. I’m with you for a love of this time of year. The warmer days let us bid a gentle goodbye to Summer but the cooler mornings and evenings usher in all the cosy, autumnal things.

    Really enjoy your blog posts, you write in a way that feels very warm and welcoming. We need more of that in such an uncertain world!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment – it made my day. ๐Ÿ˜Š I do worry about getting the tone right.

      I love padron peppers too, but these were so fiery! Haven’t had time to sit down and read other blogs, but looking forward to catching up on all your trips and wanders soon. X

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  2. Happy anniversary and glad your doing ok. The tapas and ice cream look fab. And I’m so impressed that to he Scottish government sends out baby boxes. Though I think I said that too before your little girl arrived. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜Š Yeah, it’s a great way of making sure everyone has the basics and because everyone is entitled to one (they’re not means tested) there’s no shame or stigma associated with them, I always enjoy spotting babies wearing the little grey fleeces when we’re out and about. โ˜บ๏ธ X

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  3. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. Your thoughts on what makes a happy marriage are just lovely. So glad Babe two is safe after the accident. Make sure you get plenty of rest. Good news Baby two is easier than Baby one.

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