Hasn't the weather taken a turn? All the lovely gold and yellow leaves are now sodden and dirty underfoot making the paths slippery and unpleasant... the trees are starting to look very bare and winter-like and my bedroom was a chilly 11C this morning at 4am. We do have heating but I have turned it down in an effort to save a few pennies and to experience the seasons again... central heating has very much cushioned us from the outside world and I have a sneaky feeling that it is not good for your wellbeing. I only turned the heating down to 17C but the sensor is placed in the sitting room just under the ceiling (stupid place to put it if you ask me) and since heat rises we usually find its a degree colder on the settee at least. So we have some snuggly blankets to keep us cosy while watching the telly.
The bedroom is another story... the radiator I think is broken, or turned off, it's hidden behind a chest of drawers (the room is too small to place the chest anywhere else) and so I can't get at it to check. Luckily our winter quilt is very cosy - an expensive but worth-it treat which we bought for our 25th wedding anniversary... it's just dashing to the loo in the early hours and braving the freezing cold seat that is the problem, has always been a pet hate of mine. Alas my legs are getting too old for hovering above the seat these days!
But what I wanted to show you is much more uplifting... the magic of parsnips...
Really brightened up the soup making process when I realised that nature had hidden a surprise picture inside the parsnip. And the wintery sunshine even shined through when I held it up to the window.