Hmmm, today’s Blogtober Challenge is to list 10 things that I love about Autumn. The thing is though, and you better sit down here, I’m not sure that in the grand scheme of things, I am particularly fond of Autumn.partly it’s because, as regular readers will know, I am frightened of strong wind, and Autumn is usually when the storms increase. Partly it’s because hunting and shooting, and the arrogance and rudeness of people on both sides of the argument upset me.. mostly though, it’s because of living with Retinitis Pigmentosa. One of the earliest symptoms of RP, and one which I personally had since birth, is night blindness. So for people in early stages of the disease, who can see pretty well thank you very much, during daylight, or good indoor lighting. But are rendered blind from twilight onwards, the Autumnal Equinox means less hours of useful eyesight, and less independence. Nowadays I am well beyond the point where it makes any real difference to me. However, I well remember how frazzled I used to get when it did. I know several people living with RP who suffer from crippling depression and anxiety at this time of year.
I do like to try to look on the bright side though. So here are 10 things I do like about this time of year.
1. Cooler weather. Being an overweight, fair skinned, freckle Celt, I am not built for heat and humidity. In fact it can make me feel quite poorly. So when the temperature drops below 20 I am much more comfortable.
2. Frosty mornings. A rarity in these parts. That crisp, clean, clear air that makes you feel really alive, and makes it feel as if the whole world is sparkling. What’s not to like?
3. Less flies. Daddy Longlegs (shudder) not withstanding, there are noticeably less flying, buzzing, biting, stinging, irritating pests around.
4. Silence. I refer you to my earlier post, the Sound of Silence.
5. Fallen leaves. OK, I know all about the dangers of sycamores , but you really have to be made of granite if the inner child in you doesn’t enjoy kicking through freshly fallen leaves.
6. The smell of somebodyelses wood smoke. We don’t have an open fire or a wood burner ourselves but plenty of folk around here do. , and I love the smell of woodsmoke, especially when it’s cold outside.
7. Being Able to take the dogs to the beach. Woo hoo! The holiday season is over, and so on the punitive restrictions placed on dogs being allowed to go on to Devon and Cornwall speeches. I mean it’s not as if there are any families who have both children and dogs is it? I’m going to stop now in case I go into full frontal rant mode. Hopefully though, if we do manage to get our own trailer, riding on the beach might be a realistic possibility next year.
8. Quieter roads. Both as a pedestrian who lives innan area with few pavements, and as a rider who lives in an area with zero off road riding, I really appreciate it when the tourists have gone home and the roads are a tiny bit quieter.
9. The West Country Christmas Equine Fair at Westpoint Arena. OK, as it takes place in December it’s really a Winter thing, but it’s my 1 guaranteed horsey day out each year, and I really look forward to it.
10. Strictly Come Dancing. I love it! From September to Christmas it’s like having a big glittery panto party in your living room every weekend.
It’s 4 years ago today that Hal, Quincey and I moved to Albert’s Bungalow. 4 Years! In many ways it feels like we’ve always been here, but in many ways it also feels like we’ve only been here 5 minutes.
I still love living here . I still think this is one of the friendliest places I’ve ever beeen. No, it’s not perfect, but nowhere is. Yes, there are some challenges, but isn’t overcoming challenges what makes life interesting? OK, in an ideal world a couple extra acres of grazing and some off road riding wouldn’t go amiss, but now I’m being greedy.
I still have to pinch myself regularly. My own little yard, and now with my own school – your having a laugh aren’t you?
I’m definitely living the dream.
Don’t give up on yours
I’m a bit late writing this. I’m struggling a bit at the moment. I have absolutely no idea why. Anyway…
Last Tuesday, 30th May, was the 3rd anniversary of us coming here!
So where did that go then? In many ways it feels like the last 3 years have flown by. In a strange, and very good way though, it feels like we’ve always been here. .
So, I’m reflection would I change anything? Well yes. A couple of extra acres wouldn’t go amiss. I’ve blogged before about how we horse owners are never happy with the amount of grass we have. . We never actually meant to have 4 horses though, so really only have enough room for 3. We wouldn’t be without any of them though.
Another thing I’d do something about if I had a magic wand is the lack of off-road riding around here. There are a couple of bridlepaths, but you need to do a lot of road work to get to them, and then they just link 1 road to another. We’re lucky, our 2 rideable horses are both rock solid in traffic. Sadly though, it seems that many drivers haven’t got a clue how to drive around horses. It would be a real benefit them, if there was somewhere a bit closer where we could get off the road.
My magic wand could also sort out Hal’s back for him. He’s in a lot of pain, and it’s getting him down.
Would I want to be anywhere else? Absolutely not! This is a lovely village full of good people. I love it here. This is home.