When we visited the Mayor's Thames Festival two weekends ago, I spotted this reflection as we rounded the corner to Gabriel’s Wharf. I knew immediately that it would make a fabulous featured photo and so I stopped dead and hauled out my camera to capture it.
It might be worth noting, for beginner photographers, that stopping dead in extremely crowded situations will not only make the crowds around you pretty irate, but it will also cause your husband to wander off and pretend he doesn't know you.
Still, I think it is worth it. Somehow, I captured a mood, the last gasp of optimism and joy as we celebrated a fantastic British summer and welcomed in the autumn.
Can you believe that I used to dislike autumn? I don’t anymore. I’m looking forward to wearing scarves and elegant tights, cardigans and bright autumn colours. What I missed most this summer was darkness and lights and I’m looking forward to the endless night too.
I’m also determined to get back indoors after a summer outside, which sounds crazy, I know, but I resolve to frequent more museums, art galleries and events this autumn.
I’m especially looking forward to seeing people. I’m looking forward to hearty meals and hot drinks with friends, long walks and cosying up in coffee shops afterwards.
I’m feeling truly blessed as I have two visitors from South Africa visiting this weekend and then a week later. I love having visitors from home (and especially love it when they bring me Peppermint Crisps). We also have a lovely group of expat and bloggers that get together from time to time. Winter has become so much less daunting since we all became friends. It would be impossible to underestimate the impact of friendships on the expat experience, that is for sure!
And then in 90 days I arrive in South Africa. Is it too soon to start counting down?
What are your plans for the autumn?