Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”
– Michelle L. Thieme, August’s Crown
I always think of August as the transition month between the slow fading of summer and the coming of Autumn. By this point I am always feeling desperate to hang on to the warm sunny days and light nights, having the windows wide open and eating meals outside and we are really trying to make the best of each day left now. Today we decided against staying in and doing those endless chores so we set down our tools and headed off into Derbyshire, stopping for lunch at the cafe at Hassop Station and then having a wander around Tideswell. Having a leisurely ‘potter’ around is definitely one of our favourite pastimes and below is an excerpt from my Art Journal ‘Celebrating the Year 2010’ In this journal I talk about all the different things I love in my life. This is the entry for August.
Watercolour Sketch at Gawsworth Hall August 2002
Lazy days and Sundays
‘There is no other word that best suits wandering around one of your favourite places on a lazy summer’s afternoon than ‘pottering’; a day when you are more comfortable with familiarity rather than looking for adventure. We often make one of those spur of the moment decisions to head off for the day to some sleepy corner of the countryside and take a picnic or stop on the way somewhere for lunch.
One of our favourite places for such a day is Gawsworth Hall near Macclesfield in Cheshire. It is a beautiful black and white timbered hall, the private home of the Richards family and this is so evident when you step inside as the whole place has a feeling that they have just gone out of the room for a few minutes to make you a cup of tea! In the sitting room you might see a part read Radio Times left on the chair from watching the TV the night before together with a piece of half finished knitting, while in the bedroom don’t be surprised to find a pot of cream on the dressing table just used that morning. The little chapel still in use today has spectacular stained glass windows.
The family hold many events here but the biggest attraction is the Open Air theatre held in July and August. Take along your picnic, a couple of deck chairs, and some fine wine, and of course a good friend or two and look forward to a memorable evening.’
How do you spend your lazy summer days?
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