Autumn is definitely here. The last couple of evenings, Larry has watched Ryan so I could go out for a jog. That's been nice. As I ran yesterday, for the first time I noticed the scent in the air of a fire burning in a chimney, and of damp leaves and earth. The trees lining the Stray run the spectrum from lightly tinged to boldly highlighted with yellow, orange, and red. The daylight hours are noticeably shorter, and there's noticeably less sunlight during the day. The sky was mostly overcast, but there were mottled reflections of blue here and there, with the lightest hint of soft peach as the sun started to set.
Today I went for my run in the late morning. I took Ryan with me in the jogging stroller. It always amazes me how time of day, weather, and season can so drastically alter the look and mood of a place. Today there were thick white and gray clouds rimming the horizon, giving off some mist just above ground level. The sky was clear overhead though, and the sun with shining. I was glad I got out to enjoy the sunlight and relative warmth.
After my run it was getting to be lunch time. There's a little corner sandwhich shop, Chester's, just a block from our house. I've passed it more times than I can think of. I decided today to finally go in and get something. It was really good! On top of that, fairly inexpensive (exchange rate not withstanding). It's dangerous to have a yummy sandwhich place so close to home!
I also checked out a little bakery a couple doors down from Chester's. I got something called a "hedgehog." It was a rectangular piece of shortbread with caramel and chocolate. It wasn't bad, but I'd had something similar of a much higher caliber from Starbucks just a couple days ago, so this poor hedgehog kind of paled in comparison. It was only 35 pence though. I was glad I finally went in a couple places I'd walked by time after time. I also figure that without a car, I need to check things out within walking distance. All the little cafes and whatnot ought to keep me busy for a while!
In the odds and ends department, in case anyone was wondering, the name of the street that I really like, that I posted photos of early on in this blog, is Park Chase. I walk by it almost every time I visit the Stray.
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at 9:40 PM BST
Updated: Sunday, 16 October 2005 9:20 PM BST