Lately

Such a terrible title I know. But, it kind of sums everything up.

Summer is just about over.  It seemed to go far too quickly.

And, I really didn't make the most of my favourite season.

When I had time away from work the weather wasn't great, or the kids were playing with their friends, making me kind of redundant.

A feeling I haven't had before, but a realisation that the kids are getting older and need their own space and time.

But also, I realised we really need to make 'family time' (such a sickening term), but I do miss spending quality time with the family.

Everyone rushing around.

I haven't really been taking time to sit back and remember the things that are actually important.  Things that make me feel whole.

So, this weekend. Everyones individual plans were put on hold and we went for a walk.

Together, as a family.

We haven't done it for such a long time. 

It was up lifting.

The Autumn signs were around.

And with a change in weather, a melancholy mood always starts in me, for a few weeks until I can adjust to the new season and see it for what it is.  

Just a movement in time.

One to be enjoyed and savoured. (Although I may need to wear an extra layer, or pull my boots out of the cupboard.)

When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.
— Jens Stoltenberg