Very definitely. We've already had some chilly mornings but it's now cold, grey and very windy. My apartment is fairly sheltered as it's in the corner of two wings of the building and basically faces north. However there's no sun today and even the shrubs in my planter boxes on outside edges of the balcony are blowing fairly wildly. The flag on the horizon from the girls' school on the hill is flapping madly.
I woke yesterday to a strange pinkish light in my bedroom. When I got out of bed, this sky is what I saw. The photo is taken looking northwest, but there was just as much to the north east. I was reminded of the old saying, "red sky in the morning, shepherds take warning." I went shopping early and when I returned to the bus stop, a change had come through and it was cold and grey.
There was a similar sunrise this morning but not as extensive and it's quite unpleasant.
The photo was taken with my phone as it was on my bedside table. Over the year I have learnt to take sky photos immediately. If I get the big camera and focus it properly the wonderful light has usually gone and I'm left with a fairly average photo. So the phone was it.
The ragged edge along the top of the high wall on left is actually made by about 40-50 cockatoos. They gather there every morning with their backs to the sun, waiting for the first lot of sunshine to warm them up.
I was disappointed as usually recipes from that magazine are good and most are not complicated.
What I did like on a cold, unpleasant day was a hot drink made with boiling water and fresh grated ginger. I have a stuffed head from a cold and it did a good job in clearing that while tasting warming and pleasant.
My mystery shawl is coming along. I caught up on what I had missed last week and was onto clue 7/9. I remarked that the shaping is strange, A huge increase in stitches on one row and no gradual shaping as is customary on a shawl. However, I was reading in the forum for the shawl on Ravelry and have had another thought. I've just done another doubling of stitches. This makes a mound on the edge of the shawl and then another thirty or so rows before another doubling. The shawl is based (fairly loosely) on the characters in the actual fellowship of the ring from the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Different characters are represented by different lacy stitches. But what about Boromir who died? I had changed to a longer cable and shawl shape opened out a bit. My guess is that the shawl will be a shield shape. The designer has made no mention of Boromir and has just commented that there is something hidden to be revealed. We'll see.
However, just after the stitch count went up to nearly 400, I found a mistake. I could not work my way around and have had to unpick almost 800 stitches and start that repeat again. Not happy Jan! Indeed I was not happy. 800 stitches of lace. Aargh!