Last Christmas I promised, on behalf of the Yum Yum Institute (our in-house design collective) to knit Richard a pair of winter mittens. I found the “manly mitts” pattern by Elizabeth Morrison and it has proved to be excellent. Richard can now enjoy toasty paws all winter.
Autumn is in the air, wind, rain and cooling temperatures. Last night saw me snuggled on the sofa under a quilt, thinking about apple crumble. Very telling. The beans and cucumbers have begun to turn yellow, the holly is growing berries and our lovely pumpkin has ripened beautifully. I have just planted out new spring onions and leeks in an attempt to keep the garden productive, but there is no doubt the change is upon us.
It is possible to have fondness for a fish. This is the last recorded image of yum-yum_01. The yum-yums survived a winter in their near frozen fish bowl with such tenacity and enthusiasm they became an inspiration. In spring time they relocated to the big pond at the end of the garden, where they enjoyed lazy days basking in relative warmth with their fishy friends. A month ago they disappeared. A suspected heron attack, but no way to be sure. We miss their bright jolliness and appreciated their company for the time we had it.