In some ways November can be a bit of a miserable month. But I love November. It starts off well with the week or so of hearing fireworks every evening, this year I managed to go to two bonfires with friends which was great fun.
There’s that first icy bite in the air, the odd bits of frost on some mornings, but I love coming in from the cold and rain when the heating is on. A couple of days ago I went to take this month’s photo and it had been really misty for a few days. Today i woke up to beautiful sunshine but didn’t have the chance to go out and re-take it. There hasn’t been too much rain the November, but even when there is it can be quite exhilarating running through the rain between the maths block and main college building, I remember walking home from school in the rain on Fridays and kicking puddles at each other because we had all weekend to dry our shoes and clothes. And the cold just gives an excuse for thick tights, nice coats and wrapping up in blankets.
I love running up and down the street to and from panto rehearsals, which I was unable to stay away from despite being incredibly busy. I’ve done ‘cello exams at different times of the year, but this November was my grade 7. I can’t say I enjoy doing the exam, but there’s a great feeling of relief once you’re done, and this year was possibly the first time I’ve done one without being ill. Since college is only two years, it’s not quite long enough for things to really be a tradition, but I love charity day in November; dressing up (I was The Snowman this year), general silliness at college, watching the talent show, and of course donating to charities. This month the 18th Birthday Parties have started (well, I’d had one already) which have been really good, and I’ve got a new boyfriend (who said new beginnings are only for spring?).
And then of course towards the end of November you get those first hints of Christmas; from rehearsing for carol services to the in your face supermarket displays.
My song for November is All Too Well by Taylor Swift. Again, this song mentions autumn, and I think I may have got the CD in November, and I just think it has a November feel to it; cosy, slightly dark, with just a hint of reminding me of Christmas.