There's very little I like about summer ending (especially when July was a wash-out.) A few things I do like:
1. Hearing Gracie make plans for her birthday and change plans for her birthday. Hearing what her cake will be like - she's making and cutting it herself apparently, good.
Fairy party, Halloween Party, Karate Party???, Art Party...
2. Picking apples and blackberries for this pie, my favourite pie. I adapted Tessa Kiros' Wholemeal Apricot Pie with the fold over crust from this beautiful book. I used apples and blackberries instead of apples and apricots, spelt flour instead of wholemeal because spelt has a lovely nutty taste and I made the crust a bit bigger to make it easier to get into the pan.
3. Children back in school, the serenity, and drinking a whole cup of tea before it gets cold.
4. Looking forward to the smell of votive candles cooking the lids of jack-o-lanterns. We must carve pumpkins every year so that I can smell that smell - even though in the UK Halloween isn't the colossal holiday it is in America. Lucky us, Gracie's birthday is on Halloween - the best reason to celebrate : )