So October has arrived and I don’t know about you but you really notice the evenings are drawing in much quicker now. In fact, in a number of weeks we will be putting the clocks back an hour as daylight saving time takes effect (28th October). This period of the year can be of dread to some people, especially those that suffer from SAD (seasonal affected disorder). The longer nights meaning we hibernate into our homes (and burrows), the long summer evening memories fade quicker than the twilight that precedes the night.
The weather is definitely on the change, whilst cycling last weekend I noticed that the sides of the road and pavement had begun to accumulate brown leaves which have dropped like the temperature. The challenge of dressing as a cyclist is all to apparent as you end up wearing far too many layers and soon you find yourself with no pockets left to stuff that extra gilet that was such as good idea at 8am.But i was reminded that as hot as the summer has been, autumn is soon to follow with the home comforts, bronzed woodland hues and the off pumpkin or two ready to lift the spirit when the evenings start to draw in.
Leaving home for the first time, be it starting university or becoming a term time border can be an anxious time for both the student and the family. All the creature comforts of home, such as your own room and the fully stocked fridge can feel thousands of miles away when you have to learn to share a dormitory or halls of residence with 8 other strangers.
This pudding recipe works with almost any fruit. We have tried it with blackberries, raspberries and rhubarb as well as blackcurrants. A word of warning though, it looks terrible when you put it in the oven but comes out the most delightful thing you have ever tasted. The rich jam like texture at the bottom is gorgeous and tastes very decadent and the sponge topping adds to the texture. It really is fantastically easy so have a go.
Tour de France in Terms of Calories
This weekend marks the start of the 104th Tour de France. 198 of the worlds elite cyclists will set off on a lap of France. This edition sees 21 stages over a 3 week period taking in the arable fields of sunflowers in the Tarn region to the mountain passes of the Alps and Pyrenees and then a processional finish on the Avenue Champs Eylsee in Paris. What a way to see France!
Bring Your Dog To Work Day (as seen on ITV’s This Morning, Waitrose Weekend and The Independent) is an annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs.
Mental Health and Depression
Firstly, this may not be an easy read and I may no apology for that. Personally, I have more experience of this than I would like. I have suffered myself and have lost those close to me as a result. The nearest thing I can compare depression to is cancer, some people beat it and some don't. It eats away at you and it's exceptionally difficult to talk about. In fact, I can tell you that I will never talk about my darkest thoughts.
Why? Because then it would actualise them and I couldn't face that. Do you know the problem with all this talk about metal health? I don't want to talk about it. I don't want a hug. I don't want cup of tea and someone to tell me it will all get better. What I want is to hide under the duvet and cry until I have no more tears. If you think the answer is to post on social media that you are always listening it won't help. I know you mean well but I'd never send you a message to say I'm losing my grip and I'm good at faking it. To the person who stepped in front of a train, took an overdose, slit their wrists, hung themselves, all I want to say is I understand and I'm sorry we lost you. Sometimes what people need most is space and understanding, a cave we can run away to occasionally and not be questioned.