Enjoying autumn

A black dog on a footpath. The sun is shining through the trees and there are autumn leaves on the ground.A carpet of bronze beech leaves on the ground in a woodA tree against a bright blue sky A blue sign on a wooden stake surrounded by bushes. The sign reminds footpath users that crops are grown in the fields Frosty leaves in grass A huge raincloud in the sky Lines of green shoots curving around the edge of a field Lines of green shoots in a field Green, red and yellow tomatoes in a paper bag

Thank you so much for taking the time to write comments or emails after my last post about Astrid.  It does help to know that I’m not alone in worrying every time she sets foot outside the door – and also that you feel the same way about cats needing to do that.

She’s back home again and we are very glad to have her here.  Fortunately (if that is the right word for any of this), the accident happened in the middle of the afternoon when there were less cars on the road (if she’d tried crossing the road later in the evening or at night, the outcome doesn’t bear thinking about) but we’ve discovered that she is a regular visitor to the houses across the road which has left me rather despairing that she might go back to visiting again once she’s well enough to set paw out of the door.  I’m not even going to think about that now – for now, she is here, she’s safe and she is recovering and that’s enough.

The photos are a collection from the last week or so when I’ve been out and about with the dog – with the exception of that rain cloud which I watched pass the house and listened as the rain bounced on the roof.  I always think it’s amazing to see the leading or trailing edge of a rain cloud where the rain starts or stops as you tend to think that rain clouds blanket everything with no end in sight.

We had our first frost too, but since then the weather has warmed up again.  It has to be a good thing, really – we’ve not been cold in the house without the heating on although I have heard the radiators come on a couple of mornings.  We’ve got the thermostat turned down really low (17.5 degrees C) as we’re trying not to let the house get too cold as it takes a long time to warm up, and we also don’t want the rooms we’re not using to get damp (we have a spare bedroom now that big daughter has moved out) which is what can happen if doors are kept shut and no heating is on at all as condensation builds up.  We don’t want the bigger problem of dealing with damp as well as heating bills!

I’ve picked the last of the tomatoes from the greenhouse; most of them were still green and I had no desire to do anything with them (I remember my Mum making green tomato chutney once and I didn’t like the smell at all) so I left them in a paper bag with one ripe tomato and they’ve all ripened up nicely.  (In case you’ve not seen this trick before, it works because the ripe tomato gives off ethylene gas which ripens the rest of the fruit naturally.  It works wonderfully with green bananas too!)

One final photo before I go …

Two pairs of socks arranged on a white background with a small metal bucket. There is a pink pair draped across the bucket and a green pair on sock blockers

Meet the Sofa Snuggle Socks!

I mentioned that I had a new pattern to release back in September but Blogtober and life in general have got in the way of me mentioning them again – until now!  These socks are designed to be worn for “light duties” such as watching the TV or a film, curled up reading a book, adding an extra layer if it’s a bit chilly or even in bed; perfect for yarns that feel soft and beautiful against your skin but which wouldn’t stand up to the rigours of everyday walking – and just what’s needed for some of those special skeins that are currently insulating our houses and not ourselves … 😉

The Sofa Snuggle Socks are DK (8ply) weight and I’ll tell you more about them soon, but I just wanted to give you a heads up that I am finally organised enough to release the pattern and hope to do that this weekend.  It will be a paid-for pattern and I’m going to make a donation from each sale to the Trussell Trust which is the organisation behind food banks.  It breaks my heart that anybody needs to use them and with a winter approaching where some people will have to make a choice between heating and eating, I can’t pay fuel bills for people but I can help to keep the food bank shelves full so that’s what I’ll be doing.

Thanks again for all your kind wishes for our daft cat, and I’ll see you soon! xx


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17 Responses

  1. Lenore says:

    The socks look lovey Christine and a very worthwhile cause to donate too. We have had a cold snap here this week and once again the wood fire is burning. There has been a lot of rain resulting in severe flooding in both Victoria and NSW. It’s heart breaking to watch people being interviewed on TV who have lost their businesses and homes. Xx❤️🌺

  2. Salisha says:

    Poor pussy 🐈‍⬛ Kat. Glad he is okay but what a worry for you. Beautiful pictures too. Looking forward to the comfy sock pattern to be released.
    Have a good week

  3. Ruth Howard says:

    Sorry about the pussy 🐈!! They are a worry – you can’t sit them down and give them a talking too and reason with them as you would a child!! Loving the new socks – survive the week
    Love Ruth x

  4. Clare Taylor says:

    Looking forward to seeing the sock 🧦 pattern. They look lovely and I love knowing DK socks – thanks for the sock knitting inspiration

  5. Susan Rayner says:

    The socks are gorgeous! Our Food Bank is run by the Trussell Trust too and is sadly busy despite this being a relatively wealthy area – people don’t realise just how many people are in food poverty! Lots of people who cannot downsize because there is nothing to downsize too – living on fixed pensions in the old family home! It is very sad.

    I do hope Astrid has made a full recovery by now – so scary aren’t they – but our three were all outdoor cats too as were all their predecessors – we just have to pray that someone will watch over them when they go about their feline routines!

    I love your autmnal photos – my favourite time of year and the jumpers, jeans and boots are happy to be out of hibernation at last!

    It has stayed much more mild down in in Surrey – but so wet! It is finally dropping back to “normal for November” temperatures!

    Looking forward to the release of the pattern for the socks!

    Big hugs retrospectively for the worry over Astrid!

  6. Jan Nutbourne says:

    sorry to hear about your cat, ours came off very badly when he tried to cross the road. The socks look lovely and the cause is very worth while. I’m looking forward to it. Take care xx

  7. Chris Hailebaxter says:

    Glad your cat is ok. We put our tomatoes with a banana and this had the same effect.

  8. Catherine says:

    I’m so thrilled that Astrid is safe and getting better. Animals can be a constant source of worry but are worth it because of the unending love they give to us. I’m also delighted about this sock pattern and want to say the biggest THANK YOU for supporting foodbanks at such a perilous time for many families and individuals. It’s top of my list to buy at the weekend xx

  9. Karen says:

    I do so enjoy reading your posts. Glad to hear little miss is doing well. Seems like I’ve always lived in town on very busy streets, so have kept my cats in. In 2000 I was able to buy a house, and one of the requirements was a screened in front porch. My Chloe loves going out there, and even in winter I will let her go out for a few minutes. Had not heard of “catios”, before, but this my Ohio version. The new socks look so warm and cozy. Is that an “eye of partridge heel”?

  10. Anne says:

    As always I love reading your posts and your lovely photos. Is it wrong that my mind automatically goes to yarn colours ? ESP that one of the rusty leaves. The green trees. Touch of blue sky peeking through
    So glad Astrid is doing well. Such a fright ! Our boy never goes out. In fact it’s a struggle to take him out even to the car. But he likes to check out the windowsill and front porch Then goes back to his favourite sofa corner
    Any way to help those in need is always terrific

  11. Christine Knowler says:

    So glad to hear Astrid was relatively unscathed by her accident. I think scuffed claws are an indication of a ‘run in’ with a car. It happened to my car many years ago again she got off very lightly. I love the 8ply socks although my knitting has taken a bit of a back seat the last 5 weeks as I have been looking after an elderly relative three days a week and don’t get as much relaxation time as I did.

  12. Charlotte says:

    A busy life you have been leading. So glad things are better with Astrid. Great pictures. Wow! What a sock pattern. Thank you.

  13. Pamela McClure says:

    Looking forward to the snuggle socks pattern.

  14. Sharon says:

    The socks look great. It is very worrying when our precious cats are hurt.
    5.10pm 21c 75% humidity. Fans are on.
    This side of the world. 💗🌺🌸🍄

  15. Christina says:

    I am glad to hear Astrid is back and recovering. Cats are just so single minded, crossing roads when it is not safe and all. I hope she will in the future stick to exploring your back garden. I am as always several posts behind… Cx

  16. Simon says:

    Great to hear that Astrid is now back at home! I’m sure she’s enjoying all the extra attention! Lovely photos too, you’ve obviously been lucky with the weather, it seems to be a real mix here at the mo’. I’m not keen on the smell of chutney being made either, or Marmalade, or stewed rhubarb! That actually seems to choke me – it’s vile!!🤢 Have a nice weekend!👋😀

  17. Rosie says:

    So pleased Astrid is home and recovering, Love the look of the sock pattern. such a good cause, but also such a pity that its required. Take care, let your nerves recover. xx

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