Summer’s almost done…for reals

Somehow we’re halfway through September. I don’t know how it happened!! Canterbury has had great weather in the last few weeks which has lulled me into a prolonged sense of enjoying summer, but this evening I had to find a comfy jumper and a pair of socks, and it was dark at around 7.30pm…a definite sign that autumn is on its way.

Fortunately I like autumn so I don’t mind if it’s on its way. (I like all the seasons, when I think about it…which makes me sound quite like a hippy but would that be a bad thing?!)

I realised tonight that I haven’t updated about my Summer Bucket List – so here it is.

I’m kind of gutted that I haven’t managed to complete all of them… like visiting friends and skyping with Rachel, but as I said at the last update, I do have plans to do it! The only one that won’t get done this summer is spending a day with my three sisters together because Rebecca is now back at Uni (and newly engaged!) so while I’m going home for the first week of October, she won’t be there. I’ll still have a day out with Abigail and Jessica though, which will be lovely.

Now, what did I accomplish…

fruit picking! My mum and Abigail came to visit at the end of August and one evening Mum and I took a walk down to the river and picked 3lbs of blackberries from the hedge. It was like being a child again, I remember so many late summers with my family, all of us with plastic tubs and bags reaching in through the prickles to get the biggest, juiciest ones. Of course, then we had 3lbs of blackberries to use, so we made jam and a blackberry and apple pie. Delightful!

eating something I grew – I am so happy to say that my little balcony garden has grown way beyond my wildest dreams. I’ve eaten cherry tomatoes, peas and teeny carrots. The carrots are still growing and today I pulled some more. They’re getting bigger each time I pick them, but I need to keep picking them to allow the ones that are left to grow more. I have to say, growing my own plants is way more exciting than I thought it would be!

finish reading the Bible – I finished!! I was due to finish at the end of August but as I had holidays and didn’t keep up, I actually finished on 9th September. I’ve started again, skipping over the beginning of Genesis because I’ve read it many times before. This time through, I’m keeping a journal and recording what verses stick out to me and writing down prayers too.

have a picnic – when Mum and Abigail were visiting, we went to Howletts Zoo with my brother, and had a picnic there. It was lovely, like being kids again.

going camping – well, it wasn’t quite camping, but my small group and I went away for a weekend together. We stayed at a Caravan Park about 45 minutes from Canterbury and had a great time. 8 adults and 3 kids, eating lots of food, laughing, watching DVDs, playing games and sharing life and Jesus together. A more detailed post will follow, I hope!

Things I have plans to do include making s’mores bars. We were going to do it on our weekend away but it was too windy for the fire 😦 So I’m going to make s’mores bars from a recipe I found on pinterest. (I wonder how many people in the world are trying recipes that they’ve pinned…)

I have a date in my diary with my friend Maddy, who lives just outside of London, and I am going to spend a Sunday with my friend Rachel who lives with her husband near Camden. We just haven’t figured out dates yet because we’re both so busy. Gone are the simple University times when we saw each other practically every day … this is real life and it needs scheduling.

The final thing I definitely want to do is Skype with my other friend Rachel who lives in the US. I really want to do this, I love talking with her and she is so wise about life and her heart for God is really encouraging. She’s just started a blog which I’m loving too.

So, there we have it. My summer – almost over. But let’s not be sad. I’m going to embrace the autumn and use it as an opportunity. I’m not quite sure what for, but we will see! A friend of mine is doing a month of movies in October, watching a new movie every day and blogging about it. I’m not sure I’m that dedicated, but I’m open to suggestions.