Archive for October, 2008

Summer, Autumn and Winter colours

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I don’t like it when summer comes to and end and it starts to get cold. When August turns to September, I have to be careful to keep myself busy and to do creative things, such as my photography, card making and knitting. I have learned from experience that if I don’t do that, I can get very down.

I love the colours of summer with it’s blue skies and brightly coloured flowers, and everything looking better with the sun shining on it. It seems to give everyone a lift if it’s sunny. I can feel quite sad when I know that the summer is slipping away, and there’s no more opportunity to go to a sunny seaside with it’s gorgeous yellow ochre sand and lovely turquoise sea and beautiful blue sky – colours that all looks so amazing together. A short holiday by the sea can really refresh and renew me.

By October it has got colder and darker in the evenings, but bright Christmas colours are starting to appear in the shops. When the clocks go back and it’s dark by 6.00pm and there are red and gold and sparkly Christmas things in the shops, then I start to feel better because that’s the signal that it won’t be long until my Birthday! I still get that feeling of excitement about my birthday that I did when I was young even if it may not be celebrated so much now as it was then. Only three and a half weeks to go!

Christmas Cards and snow

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I work in a shop that sells books, music, cards and gifts.
We always put a few Christmas cards out in the shop in the middle of August for people who are on holiday and those who need to buy them early to send to Australia. We add more in September and then have the whole range out in the shop for October. The sales are usually good in October, but we’ve noticed that they haven’t been quite as good this year as they usually are. We’re hoping that this isn’t a sign that our sales will be badly affected by the credit crunch. We’ve been selling steadily through October, but not as much as usual. That all changed yesterday! We had a shop full of people for most of the day with lots of people buying all their Christmas cards. It was such a change, that it made me wonder why. I’ve come to the conclusion that it was recent snow! I think the cold weather and especially the snow has focused people’s thoughts on Christmas and so they came out to buy their cards and Advent Calendars.

Sea, Sun and Snow

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m living in the wrong place.
I love the sea and being at the seaside, but I live miles away from it.
But as well as living in the wrong part of this country, I think I’m even in the wrong country!
When I look through other people’s photos on Flickr, the ones that I really like and mark as favourites, are the ones with deep blue skies, and pretty coloured buildings. Here in England, our skies are pale blue or grey, and the buildings are stone or brick. Not so bright or happy looking. But there isn’t much I can do about it, as my house, my job and my family are all here, so this is the right place for me to be.
I did manage to have a few sunny days at the seaside earlier this year, but wasn’t able to go again later in the summer because of the awful weather. Perhaps next year I’ll be able to enjoy walking along the beach and listening to the waves.
Our climate and weather does have some advantages though – this evening when I came out of work it was snowing! Lovely fluffy white snowflakes falling thick and fast. It didn’t settle as the ground was too wet, but it is expected to become colder, so if it carries on snowing, I could wake up to a beautiful white world in the morning.

Chesil Beach in Dorset

Chesil Beach in Dorset


Monday, October 27th, 2008

One of my passions in life is photography. Another one is using the photo sharing website Flickr.
I love looking at other people’s photos, which I find very inspiring. I make comments on them, and in turn they make comments on my Photostream. I haven’t been using Flickr for very long, just since May this year, but I have just reached 6000 veiws of my photostream, which is very exciting!
Even though I love Flickr, it does have one drawback – it’s very addictive and time consuming!
But it has stopped me watching the television, which can’t be a bad thing. The only thing is that you can’t do anything else at the same time as playing on Flickr, except listen to music or the radio. When I’m watching television I can do something creative as well, such as knitting or card making.
I must do some knitting – I want to make some knitted hats to go into the shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Hello World and an Earthquake

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Welcome to my blog.

This is my first post on my brand new blog.

I was sitting here earlier when the front door rattled and I thought it going to blow open. At the same time the table that I was sitting at moved and shook. I thought it was odd, but didn’t think any more about it until I listened to the local news and heard that there had been an earthquake! So that’s what it was!
If I’d realised at the time, I might have been a bit frightened, but it seems a bit late for that now!
A seismologist at the British Geological Survey said ” On analysis of our instruments there has been an earthquake of 3.6 on the Richter Scale.”