It’s that time of year again, when the leaves start to fall, and the colours of Summer turn from green to gold, russet and brown.
Today is officially the first day of Autumn.
Our seasons in the UK are all over the place, and it’s difficult to know exactly what time of year it actually is when you have high temperatures in the middle of September.
Our neighbours are clad in thick coats and boots as I walk around the marina in a tee shirt and joggers, though the evenings are chilly and sometimes taking the dog out for her last wee I’ll put on a jumper.
Years ago, we could hope for a White Christmas (92 big sleeps by the way) as December was the month for snow. Not so now, January/February, or even as late as April/May.
It plays havoc with the wardrobe, and not knowing whether to wear thermals or cotton!
Many boaters believe we are in for a hard and cold winter this year.
We hope to begin our revamp project in the next couple of weeks in readiness.
We will be having another sort out and disposing of stuff we haven’t used or needed over these past 14 months, reducing our possessions again by at least a third. It doesn’t worry us.
We said we would adapt and learn during our first year afloat.
We have discovered things we like and don’t like about the boat, and have ideas to improve them to suit us.
Like a leaf on the water, our life will continue to swirl and curl in different directions.
We may get side tracked or drift off course, but wherever we’re headed, we’ll get there in the end.
As always, the important thing is that we are together, all three of us.