We seem to have bid a hasty farewell to summer here in the UK and been plunged unceremoniously into autumn; wind, chill, rain and all.
I'm a little sad about that.
I am waiting in vaguely doom-laden anticipation for the nights to draw in, the temperatures to drop, and the imminent return of the relentless school routine. Getting up early is going to be a real shock to the system, for all of us.
There were still some lovely blue skies on Saturday as I went to see my hairdresser Kirsty; she worked her customary magic, amid plenty of coffee and chat.
I refused to be daunted by the rain this morning, and pottered into the garden as usual to take my photos. The shoes - wonderful though they are - were obviously a foolish choice, I just wanted to see how they looked with the dress.
1960s mini dress - Second to None, Walsall
1970s shoes and tights - charity shopped
Umbrella - gift
1960s bracelet - local vintage/retro shop
Well, I think they look pretty good, but you can hardly see for the montbretia.
That's the level of my professionalism - I've been photo bombed by a plant.
My sister Sabena gave me the Missoni umbrella for my birthday. I love it, it's the only modern designer item I own, but I am slightly worried that I'll leave it on the bus one day and be forever gutted.
The woolly hat came with some hand-me-downs for Claudia from a friend's daughter - she rejected it, so I swooped. I have a feeling I'll be needing it.
But we did have a lovely summer with plenty of sunshine.
Here are some photos from a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park last month which I didn't get around to posting. It's one of my very favourite places.
One & Other - Anthony Gormley
I love this; it reminds me of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, but an Everyman version standing on a tree.
An exhibition of work by Ursula von Rydingsvard.
This is called mama build me a fence. It's huge, and beautiful.
Sitting - Sophie Ryder
Molecule Man 1+1+1 - Jonathan Borofsky
Ten Seated Figures - Magdalena Abakanowicz
(Plus one seated Nina.)
Buddha - Niki de Saint Phalle
Large Owl - Thomas Houseago
There is something refreshingly accessible and unpretentious about sculpture in the open air...
and in such a beautiful setting.
An annual visit is good for the soul; in fact, I'd like to go more frequently, that would be even better.
And look, Henry Moore's Draped Seated Woman is still here. She hasn't moved back to Tower Hamlets in London after all, or been sold off (as I wrote about here) and I have to say I am very glad to see her.
It is, isn't it?
After that, I'm off to my sister's in Buckinghamshire for a last blast of holiday fun.
See you when I get back!