We've had a very rainy few days of it here on Vancouver Island but that's fine with me. Rainy weather's pretty much the norm here in October and I have to say that I love it.
It changes the landscape from the dry golds of late summer to a shimmering palette of silver, pewter, grey, and blue green, with splashes of autumn yellow and red for contrast.
Water from the sky, ever drawn to the ocean, forms little streams that leap and chuckle down rocky hillsides, and waterfalls decorate every sudden drop with froths of lace.
When it's raining steadily, it's like looking at the world through a sheer, silvery curtain; the edges of the landscape are blurred and the tops of the mountains are often wrapped in soft grey scarves.
When the weather's wet and the nights begin to draw in early, I look towards cozy pastimes like knitting and sewing, and to baking bread and cooking roast dinners that not only make the house smell wonderful, but warm it too.
I'm baking today and I thought that you might like to keep me company while I work. Pull up a chair to the table by my kitchen and pour a cup of tea. There are ginger scones, still warm from the oven, and butter and honey to dress them with. Please do help yourself.
Thank you for being kind enough to overlook the mess in here today. I've been pretty busy lately. I've emptied my bedroom so I can paint it and hang new curtains, and the furniture, books, and bedding have all ended up in the living and dining room.
As usual, the dining room table is home to my sewing machine and a stack of fabric on one of the dining room chairs awaits my attention.
The bedroom bookshelf (now in the hallway) has been pressed into temporary service as a repository for greeting cards. I've been making quite a few of them this week and need to photograph them as soon as I have a bright enough day to do so.
Of course, it's not all been work around here. I love the fall weather and have been enjoying lots of time outdoors even on rainy days. I have good rain gear and several lovely umbrellas so the wet is no deterrent to me. I've been visiting some of my favourite trails, camera in hand to capture the fall colour.
Most of the trails I walk take me along some part of the river. The salmon are starting to make their way up the rivers to spawn now that the rain has raised the water levels. I've been watching them
make their way home.
A little later in the season, I'll be heading to Goldstream Park to take some photos of the salmon making their way upstream. If the pictures turn out well enough to share, I'll write a blog post about it.
Indoors, my entertainment at this time of year often includes attending craft fairs. From now until Christmas they'll be plentiful. I enjoy seeing all the creative work our local artists and artisans display. It inspires me in my own work, and when I do purchase gifts I like to support people who take the time and care to make them by hand. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of wonderful things!
With autumn crafts and fall cooking on my mind, several interesting blog posts have caught my eye recently. Here are a few of them:
Book Paper Sculpture - Paper Tree with swing on wood by Malena Valcarcel. You can see more of her work at her Etsy shop.
I don't know the title of this painting from Jane's Shed but it sure is amazing. You can find more of Jane Wilson's work with maps in the Cartophilia Gallery on her website.
Thanks for visiting me today. I've enjoyed it.
I'd really like to hear about your autumn too. How have you fared with the weather? What's been keeping you busy? What's caught your eye on line? Please do take a minute to comment here, or on my Facebook page, Twitter feed. or on Google+. I'll look forward to hearing from you.