Life Lately: September 2016

Painted wall

Painted brick in Brighton

Is it me or has September felt like a very short month? Nights are getting colder and there’s a definite chill in the air each morning. We got talking to couple on a walk today who told us that Autumn has officially arrived, marked by the Autumn equinox on the 22nd September. Happy days.

Eating & drinking

Purple porridge

Blackberry porridge (not the best photo!)

Food on bbq

^ We have a new BBQ (gas powered). Scott is now officially a proper man!

Enjoying

Seed heads and pods

Acorn, poppy head and sycamore seeds

Finding things to bring home from Autumn walks. The sea pods above and the berries below are some of my favourites.

Red berries in enamel jug

Berries and enamelware

Making

Work on my 100 days of nature project has been slow. Other things have taken priority this month so I haven’t produced a drawing every day. I still plan to complete the project but it will take me longer than planned.

Sycamore pod drawing

Sycamore seed drawing

I’ve also been working on some Christmas illustrations — getting your head into a festive mindset is hard when it’s still warm outside. They’ll be uploaded next month so keep your eyes peeled.

Watching

Exploring

Forest trails near the house — one of the reasons I love living here. I got lost last week but it worked out well in the end because I discovered a new walking route.

Forest path

Forest path

Dog on forest path

Dog sitting

Scott and I headed to Brighton this month. He had a things to do for work so I kept myself amused for a few hours. One of my favourite things to do in Brighton is look around the junk shops! After lusting over lots of items I couldn’t get home on the train, I stopped by YAK (wool shop), Infinity Foods and the beach. That evening we had a scrummy meal at the Curry Leaf Cafe.

Brighton beach

Brighton beach

Flowers growing on steps

Brighton steps

^ Always nature hunting, even in cities!

Feeling

We’re both looking forward to spending the next few weeks at home; Scott has been away for most of the month and we’ve had quite a bit to do in-between. Our plan is to get rested in time for our honeymoon in a few weeks time *excited face*. We’ve got lots of outdoorsy stuff on our list!

I’m happy because I finally have an appointment with a specialist about my arm pain! After seeing my doctor I waited 2 weeks for the musculoskeletal department to confirm an appointment date — which was 8 weeks away. Ooof. I was sorting through photos last night and I stumbled across this one of my arm a few days after I hurt it. Although I get frustrated I still have a dicky arm, this is a good reminder of how much healing has happened.

Arm injury

Horrible puffy arm!

Last month I started using a Dermatix silicone sheet on my hip and its really helped flatten the keloid scar. I use tape around the edges to stop them curling up when I wear anything with a waistband.

Growing

The outdoor growing season may be coming to an end but you can still grow indoors. I follow the @1handedgardener on Instagram and he uploaded a video about growing ginger from a supermarket ginger root. I started three buds in the garden; two were hollowed out by slugs, the third one survived. This is what it looks like now! It’s currently about 40cm tall.

Ginger plant in pot

Homegrown ginger

That’s all for September!

2 Comments

  1. Hi Gemma, just stumbled upon your lovely blog. I live in Brighton and recognised the painted brick wall – in the road my friend works in! Small world! Anyway hope you enjoyed your trip – the Curry Leaf Cafe’s good. And if you enjoy flea market shopping, hope you found Snoopers’ Paradise in Kensington Gardens. It’s the best! Ellie

    • A small world indeed 🙂 It was pouring with rain when I spotted that wall but I had to stop and get a photo of it; the soaking was worth it. I love Snoopers’ Paradise — I’m not in Brighton very often but when I am I try and drop in. I could spend hours (and a fortune) in there. Thanks for your lovely comment!

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