On the last day of September

I can’t tell you how many years I’ve been singing that line of the song about the Big Ship which sailed on the Ally Ally Oh to myself on 30 September, but it’s been more than I’ve probably ever counted.  I even wrote a Monthly Musing on it!

Anyway, here we are at the end of September and as “new years” go (I wrote here about September feeling like a New Year for me), I think this has been a pretty good one.  I’ve stuck to all of the intentions I made for myself and I’m feeling pretty good about what’s coming next as the months roll on.  You are one of the reasons for that – thank you so much for all of your comments on last week’s post when I asked you what you thought about my releasing more patterns.  I love having these conversations with you through the blog and I really appreciate what you have to say on what I’ve been writing about.

So, buoyed by your kind words, the Sofa Snuggle Socks pattern has been written up and sent off to Helen, my lovely tech editor who absolutely gets my wordiness and helps me to be a better pattern writer, and my girls have been persuaded to model the socks for the pattern photo shoot and I hope to have it ready to share with you before too long.

Two young women are sitting on a grey sofa. One is wearing black jeans, green socks and a white cardigan, the other is wearing black leggings and pink socks.

As you can probably guess, this photo shoot was more like herding cats until I finally managed to explain exactly what it was that I wanted – and if you read yesterday’s Monthly Musing about photos, you’ll know that there are a LOT on my camera roll that will probably never be seen again! 🙂

I will keep you posted on pattern progress – and as well as saying thank you for your comments about the socks, I want to say thank you as well to those of you who told me that you work for food banks.  If you missed the previous post, I mentioned that I wanted to make a donation from the sale of this pattern to the Trussell Trust, a national organisation which supports food banks (I know there are many more local charities now also provide this service), and after reading your comments, I was absolutely convinced that this is the right thing to do.  Your work to help people who find themselves without anything to eat is one essential job that I wish nobody had to do and one day, perhaps there will be no need for food banks at all, but I am very glad that you do xx


Right then, onto today’s Fieldwatch photos … in last week’s post, I was talking about the changes that have been taking place in the fields around Winwick.  Crops have been harvested and Winter wheat seeds have been sown and in just a week’s time, look at this!

Green shoots appear from narrow drills amongst cut barley stalks

Even in the blue flax field which was sown a little later, there’s a definite green fuzz and I am quite sure that the next time the dog and I take that path, everything will look very green again.

Today, we’ve been to the Nine Arches – I haven’t been there for quite a while so it was nice to go back again, although it would have been nicer if it wasn’t raining!

Looking out across a canal from a bridge. The water is very still, there are trees on both sides and grey clouds above. It's raining and you can see it splashing in the water

It didn’t last long, but it was on and off rain for the whole of our walk so my coat hood was up and then down and then up again – it’s not quite cold enough for a hat when I’m walking, although it’s been cold enough in the house for me to light the fire and wear my socks in bed!

I’ve missed these brick arches.  I know that probably sounds a bit daft but I really like them!

Brick built railway arches against a grey skyClose up of a brick built railway arch against a grey sky. There are trees at the bottom and limestone water marks down the inside of the arch.

They’re so big and so old.  They are so tall that I have to crane my neck to see the top of them (I am standing at the bottom of the arch here and I’m 5ft 6″ tall so you can see that they are pretty big arches!) and they are so curved.  Square things made to curve.  I’m easily pleased.


I’m almost done for today and this hasn’t been the longest blog post ever (you might be glad of that!) but there’s a reason … tomorrow is 1 October and I have decided that I’m going to join in with Blogtober again this year.  I’ll explain more tomorrow, but Blogtober is a month-long blogging challenge where you post every day.  Some people choose to use prompts but last year, I just wrote about whatever was happening that day or was in my mind and that worked very well for me.  You can find last year’s Blogtober posts here if you want to have a look – oh, and just like last year, if you’re on my mailing list then don’t worry that you’re going to get bombarded as I’ll still only send the links email once a week.

It’ll be lovely if you want to pop in once or twice during the October weeks but don’t worry about keeping up – we’ve all got things to do (and now I’m taking on a daily blogging challenge! 🤣 ) so I’ll see you if I see you! xx


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30 Responses

  1. Christine Whiting says:

    Love your posts, definitely be keeping up. I live on my own but have plenty of friends but I look forward to the insight into your world x

  2. Joann Felker says:

    I look forward to your Blogtober post. I’m working on my Gretel socks. They are my favorite of all your Christmas socks to date.

  3. Christine says:

    Glad you decided to write up your patterns and use one to donate to the Trussel Trust. A ‘fan’ FB group I’m in were saddened some years ago by the death of a fellow member and it came out she fell on hard times and didn’t have enough money to eat properly and became very ill. We all made a donation to the Trussel trust at the time and now the group collect donations for the local TT food bank wherever they play. It’s a shame these places are needed but if we can donate when we can then no one else has to go through the fear of no food to eat. September is always a whirlwind. It’s gone before I get to know it’s here. I think we were only home for 10 days this year and now it’s October! Better get knitting some socks and hats for those winter months.

    • winwickmum says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about the member of your FB group but what a lovely thing to make donations in her memory. I think the thing that upsets me is that any one of us could end up in that situation (apparently zero hours contracts are a bit contributory factor) and people are ashamed to ask for help when something like that is not their fault. You’ve obviously had a busy year and now you’re home, it’s gone really cold all of a sudden – I think you need all the woollies! 🙂 xx

  4. Irune says:

    So happy you decided to join in the Blogtober again!! I love reading your posts. Irune

  5. Jackie Boardman says:

    I really need to read ALL if amazing mail ever day, sorry Christine but I will do better.

  6. Chris says:

    Wow, you gave me a blast from the past with the song. My Dad sang it for me on my birthdays, only thing is my birthday is in December.
    Love the picture of the Flax, I learned something new today. I wasn’t aware that you plant flax in the fall. It isn’t a crop that grows in Ontario, more out west in Alberta.

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh that’s funny, but what a lovely song for your Dad to sing to you – certainly a special birthday song just for you! 🙂 The flax was growing over the summer (have a look at this post, it was an amazing colour!) xx

  7. Sharon Beauclerc says:

    Those nine arches take you back in time and marvel at the amazing construction.
    Is that the railway viaduct Hewenden near Haworth West Yorkshire.
    Look forward to blogtober posts
    Rain here also. And forecast for the next two weeks for the school holidays.

    • winwickmum says:

      No, this is the Nine Arches in Sankey Valley in Newton-le-Willows. I live in Cheshire, in the North West of England which is quite a way from Haworth although they do have some good viaducts in Yorkshire too! 🙂 xx

  8. Pennie Roberts says:

    I too spent the morning humming and occasionally singing about the Ally Ally O and it being the last day of September. 🚢 Am sitting knitting in front of a toasty fire this evening, after a very chilly day, giving thanks for the logs and the warmth they produce. Love to read your musings and posts. Thank you.

  9. Gillian Edwards. says:

    I will be there everyday. I love reading your blogs and knitting your socks ! Xxx

  10. Christine Rogerson says:

    I always look forward to reading your posts, you always make me smile! I might not post a comment but I love the part of the world you live in and enjoy seeing your photos. Those bridge arches are incredible how on earth did they build them all those years ago without all the equipment we have now !! Enjoy your Blogtober I shall enjoy keeping up.

  11. Laura Miller says:

    Hi Christine – love your blog and love your socks, so please don’t ever stop either. Those arches reminded me so much of Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth series so I’ve just downloaded said series (again) and am listening to it for the umpteenth time. There’s something so reassuring about old architecture, isn’t there? Anyway, have a gloriously woolly week. Lots of love. xx

  12. Chris Guest says:

    Amazing how the seeds can push through so quickly even with the temperatures going down! Look forward to the patterns for such a good cause, and also to Blogtober – it’s my treat to read yours & Lucy’s in bed with a cup of tea first thing (Earl grey) and last thing (chamomile) 💜

    • winwickmum says:

      You’re right, I was really surprised to see that the seeds had germinated so quickly. Everywhere will be green again in no time1 Tea in bed with a good blog post is my Sunday morning treat, and I love Blogtober for that reason! 🙂 xx

  13. Tina Adamson says:

    Looking forward to reading your Blogtober! Xxx

  14. Helen says:

    I live near the very centre of Stockport. I’ve now decided I’m not strange for liking the enormous brick viaduct.

  15. Jacqui says:

    Commenting late on your post but two things you mention in it were featured on TV this week. The local primary school here in Warrington organised a collection for the food bank in place of a traditional harvest festival and the proceeds were handed over to the Trussell trust. It was featured in the local evening news.
    I’ve been watching “Walking Victorian Britain” with Dr Onyeka Nubia on Channel 5 and your 9 arches viaduct was featured in the one about Liverpool.
    Your blogs are always a joy to read so please keep up the good work.

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh, that’s interesting – I might see if I can find the TV programme on catch up and I think it’s lovely that schools are still collecting for harvest. Our church donates food to the food bank too, and I found out last year that any food donated through certain supermarkets (definitely Asda and Tesco and I can’t remember the others) is matched with a cash donation from the supermarket which I thought was brilliant xx

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