Toddler nap times seem to at last be settling down in our house. So I have a much happier girl on my hands and I once again get a chance to catch up on jobs and have a moment of quiet (and a hot cup of tea...).
We didn't go to our normal toddler group this morning - instead we had a slower start to the day. Cake was made to use up the rapidly soggifying bananas in the fruit bowl, while my little one trundled around with her trolley taking the duplo people for a ride. And then it was nap time. The house became quiet apart from 6music on the radio (heard this song for the first time - it's beautiful). While the kettle boiled for a much needed cup of tea, I nipped out into the front garden as I'd spotted an apricot rose (it's this David Austin one - a Golden Wedding present for the couple that lived here before us I think. So lovely) that was, amazingly, just coming into bloom.
The smoke bush is looking pretty amazing at the moment too - the leaves are changing from burgundy to various shades of burnt orange. The beech hedge (due for a short back and sides haircut soon) is currently green, yellow, brown and orange. And the dogwood's bright red branches are now bare of any leaves but look wonderful bald. A few snips here and there and I had enough to fill a jam jar (really need to buy myself a small vase!). A bundle of yellow, orange and red autumn.