Bare ruin’d choirs…

‘when yellow leaves, or none, or few….’

Very impressed by tree skeletons right now. And Autumn is crashing past. Such a melancholy time. Not helped by rainstorms, covid, lockdowns and general depression…not to mention outrageous attacks on democracy. And yet – there is great beauty out there.

(And, actually, if you look carefully, still ‘sweet birds’ singing!)

Not winning after all.

Of course I wasn’t. The Demons of WordPress always get the last word. Just after I’d finished typing yesterday this appeared. And would NOT go away again. So the only way I could recover (most) of my post was by digging around in my History and copying/pasting what I had written all over again, without any edits. Grrr. But I will crack this in the end.

No luck either on the step count. I left my phone behind this morning – so my Tuesday total is, in fact, a total mystery. I will have to make up for it later in the week.

I also managed to lose my swipe card at work – the little pouch thing on the lanyard had an open side and I assume the magnetic card fell out when I got lassoed by a door handle at lunchtime… The office were very good about it. I do appreciate their positive attitude – and working with teenagers is a real privilege (despite all their occasional nonsense!). So the decision is still hard….

One of those days!

Progress! (But maybe not with the WordPress battles…)

I have been sorting out some base yarn for dyeing, and I am thinking along the lines of these colours. They are so excitingly vibrant – yet very subtle if you look closely. I have also finished a couple of Etsy items, and settled on the best way of knitting up the baby leg warmers without seaming. This afternoon I posted a hot water bottle to Portugal, thus scoring a new country for my Etsy sales. I have clocked up a fair few over the last 12 years!

Steps-wise I scored just over 5,000 today – so definitely on target, however unimpressive that target might be. Am I being kind to myself? Or, as I suspect, just pathetic…

I’m not going to tempt the Demons of WordPress by adding any more images today – this is just the point at which they usually scupper me. So I will hop out fast, while I think I am winning!

Challenges for November

Some known, some anticipated, others not.

It seems we are all about to face them – again.

I had already decided to do more of the above. We did manage to get to several National Trust places over half term – bit soggy, but so, so worth it. The pictures above were taken this morning at Sheffield Park, near Uckfield in Sussex. And I have set myself a (rather lenient!) target on my step counter – 25,000 in the first week. 6,200 today. So we’ll see!

The big decision, though, is work. I teach in a secondary school. In September I agreed to return till Christmas to cover full time for an absent colleague. But the Covid levels are shooting up, we now have lockdown – and the schools are to remain open. What to do… ? My family are opposed. I feel totally healthy but I do have risk factors. I am not committed (contractually or financially) to carry on with this job. BUT I want to, and I would feel very bad pulling out just when they need me. So I have the next three days to weigh it all up. Hmm.

Whatever the outcome, I am hoping to be more productive this month than I managed during the first few weeks of the Spring lockdown. More action on the Etsy front, for a start. I never stop actually spinning, dyeing and creating stuff – just put off the boring bits, like uploading photos and listing new items. They pile up in a classy wicker basket, looking rather smug. I enjoy them enormously – but that is not quite the point.

I am also considering embarking on a blogging challenge – but that needs a bit more reflection. Some might (probably will) think that I should put a great deal more effort into sussing out the new WordPress before I try to get too clever. Honestly, it was a doddle before but now I get endless error messages, things disappear and it tells me I have NO RIGHT to edit anymore!!

It’s mostly the image blocks that get me in trouble. Hence the scruffy presentation at the top there. I will try to do better.