October was often sunny, sometimes grey and mostly cold enough to require a coat and gloves on my way to work. There was very little rain.
A good example of what the overall atmosphere of last month was like are these two pictures. The foggy morning one is from the 21st, the sunny one from the 31st of October (which would have been Steve's 47th birthday).
I have been wearing my new coat nearly every day:
The coat was what I consider a great find: My sister, my niece and I went shopping in Harrogate back in August. It was in Miss Selfridge's that I came round the bend from the staircase leading to the upper floor, and my insides did a little exclamation mark the moment I spotted The Coat on a rack: My type of cut, my type of colour (pale blue comes second to yellow as my favourite colour) and my kind of detail (the fake fur collar and the silver-rimmed pale blue buttons).
I tried it on... and loved it. But I thought of the two padded coats I already own and which are warmer (one is warm and one is VERY warm) and more robust when it gets really cold in winter, and also of the limited space in my suitcase. The voice of reason won, and I put The Coat back on its hanger.
Not much later, we left Selfridge's and went for coffees, teas and cakes at a nearby café. Much as I enjoyed the cake and conversation, my mind kept going back to The Coat. When we paid and left the café, I asked the others if they'd come back to Selfridge's with me... Of course they didn't say no, and not only did I end up buying The Coat, I even managed to fit everything into my suitcase - the 3 dresses I had already bought (I showed them to you in earlier posts) and a small pile of books included.
For comparison, here is Selfridge's own picture. I don't think the model's shoes really match the coat, and her bare legs make for an unconvincing look: at temperatures low enough for a coat with fake fur collar, you wouldn't walk around without tights, would you! (Unless of course you were wearing trousers.)
Anyway, you are welcome to ridicule me for being once again so shallow-minded about something as unimportant as what to wear. But believe it or not, having something nice to wear for cold weather helps me to cope with this time of the year much better. So far, I can't complain - we've not had any snow yet, and November has started as mild as if it were the middle of spring. But mornings and nights are cold, and will get colder. Christmas Market will start here in my town in less than 3 weeks, and I am really looking forward to that!