Apparently temperatures are going to dip over the next week and it'll be very chilly, definately gloves and scarves weather. (Though in my office at work it's so warm you sit there in a summer blouse and lightweight trousers, fanning yourself and gulping down water whatever the weather outside!)
I'm busily stitching my Winter cushion during these dark nights. Having decided on the vertical stripes for the background I couldn't work out what colours I wanted to use for them. Wintry colours like silvers, greys, cream, the colours of birch tree bark or icy landscapes? Maybe Christmas colours - reds, greens, gold? In the end I settled on just picking colours I liked and putting them in pleasing combinations. They're not 'winter' shades as such. I started using a mauve kind of colour (by the 'R' shapes) but that's jarring a bit, so it might get unpicked.
Away from needlepoint, the bird feeders are topped up and hanging outside my bedroom window ready for - hopefully - lots of feathered visitors. Last year they worked well with blue tits and robins stopping by for a munch. I love seeing them. In our urban environment it's a miracle these delicate little creatures still survive, and I want to do my own tiny bit to help them. These Emma Bridgewater mugs are lovely reminders of them, so beautifully decorated. If I were rich, I'd have dresser-loads of her fabulous designs. (You too, huh?)