Winding down

We've had the autumn equinox and October is the second of the three meteorological autumnal months so I guess we must accept that summer is at an end!

Halstead's beautiful 'River of Gold' plantingThe weather has been lulling us into believing that winter is a long way off, but we know that the seasons will go round. We have had some misty mornings and there has certainly been some mellow fruitfulness.

I've picked pounds of blackberries meaning several blackberry and apple crumbles with more in the freezer and jars of bramble jellies in the cupboard. We now have a date for removing our lovely 'River of Gold' planting and replacing it with the winter bedding - autumn indeed.

September was the month for regional In Bloom and we were thrilled with our result of Gold Award and winner of the Town category. Now it's just the national awards to look forward to. We've only ever been to Bristol railway station to change trains for an onward journey, so are very much looking forward to seeing the city. The suspension bridge is a must see for us, as my husband is an engineer and a great fan of I K Brunel.

I'm anticipating seeing some of the street art. Of course we are hoping for good reports from the judges, and on the evening of the awards the Halstead in Bloom team will be having a party at the local Royal British Legion Club. The plan is that I will text the result from Bristol to them as soon as it is announced. This has worked well in the past - apart from the time in Guernsey when I forgot to take my mobile with me. Well, I changed handbags and... you know how it is! Luckily my husband had his phone with him, with one number that we knew would reach the waiting team. I will try and do better this year!

October mists near HalsteadWe have thoroughly enjoyed our time with RHS Britain in Bloom but we expect that for next year someone else from our region will be chosen to enter. It's good that as many teams as possible get a chance to have this experience - but we will miss being part of the national event. We are all passionate about In Bloom, and we have been asked to speak to several local groups about our passion.

Next week I've been asked to speak to a County Association of Local Councils so that's my chance to try and spread the In Bloom word. Then it's time to fund raise by selling our calendars up until the new year, plus Christmas cards made by one of the team... and anything else we can do to raise cash. We have an outline route for next year's tour by regional judges - head down keep going I say!

Enjoy the beautiful autumn season and try not to think about dark winter days to come!


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