After the terrorist events in Israel at the beginning of the month, it seems a tad tasteless to be posting about my usual irrelevant trivia. How can I witter on about knitting and days out when people have lost their lives, their loved ones and live in constant fear? Even in my country, the repercussions of the events of October 7th are still very much resounding: Weekly marches on Whitehall continue, not all the protesters showing peaceful intentions; posters of kidnapped Jewish children are torn down; Jewish children are being advised to remove the badges from their school blazers for fear that they will be targeted, and the Metropolitan Police have come under fire for apparently turning a blind eye to blatant acts of antisemitism. Can this really be happening in 2023? I thought we had come further than this.
I don't usually discuss any political opinions on this blog - trying to focus instead on the lovelier aspects of life. Having said that, my heart bleeds for those involved and so, I have added my name to the October Declaration, condemning antisemitism and expressing support for British Jews. It also calls on the media to condemn Hamas for what it is: a terrorist organisation. I'm looking at you BBC!
As I've said many times, however, this blog serves as my diary and the content reflects the ordinary day to day things that I want to recall. I try very hard not to take my life for granted. Sometimes it's tricky - day to day stresses, worries and irritations affect us all - but, as recent events have highlighted for me, I am one lucky, lucky girl and I should try to remember that more often.
Here then, are some happies from the last month. They may be mundane, they may be trivial, but they represent my life at the moment, and I am indeed blessed.
Some of my pumpkin harvest. I didn't grow the huge carving pumpkins this year, opting instead for a smaller, supposedly tastier variety. To be honest though, apart from the size, they didn't seem much different:
Making kimchi. Here it is fermenting quietly, wrapped up snug in a fleece. It is also sitting on a hot water bottle as my kitchen is so cold - I'm still holding out against putting the heating on!