I love autumn, I always have. I’m glad we have four distinct seasons here. Fancy a rather rambling read? You’ve come to the right place.
The drop in temperature has meant the food I cook has changed. Plus I definitely gravitate towards a glass of red wine more too. And why not? It warms the blood.
The change of weather and a bounty of homegrown and wild produce seems to have perked up friends lately too. Recently I’ve had WhatsApps about:
T and her pots of rhubarb and ginger jam
T and his apple crumble / beef and ale pie
S made a chicken and tarragon pie
E made a huge apple pie
P is delighted that Yorkshire tea have made biscuit flavoured tea bags and says her tea drinking times have just improved!
N has been looking up crabapple recipes
B dusted off her slow cooker and made a beef and ale stew
I adore messages like those!
I’ve made Dorset apple cakes to share with family, plus tried a new bread recipe for a ginger and sultana loaf from my WI Bread book. It’s a winner! Message me and I’ll send you the recipe.
I’ve taken a few comfort food cookbooks off the shelf to get more inspiration￼.
What are you cooking at the moment? Have you made anything new, or an old favourite?￼
We talked about a long walk and tackling some chores in the house and garden, but after a long call from a friend and a heavy downpour went into hibernation mode instead the other day. We listened to This is This Country and roared with laughter. (Best if you already know the tv series.)
Lately I’ve sat up in the early morning with a podcast or audio book and done a round or two of crochet. It is a nice lazy way to start the day. I recommend Lisa Jewell’s Invisable Girl audio book.
I’m sticking to my Close to You scarf and Big Granny Square blanket. I’m trying not to flit around with lots of different makes, but am committing to a few. Both are easy going￼ and not too taxing for my iffy hands.
For the GSB I’m wondering about going off-piste and buying more Hayfield Spirit yarn in different colourways. It would be a multi-multi coloured blanket. Here’s the full selection of colours from the Sirdar website. What do you reckon?
Casper might be fun for a scarf.
It’s gorgeous weather for walks. No sunscreen or multiple water bottles to lug around anymore as it’s now 10° less, or more, than this time a couple of weeks ago. Time to get the woollies out again! We all like an excuse to show off our homemades.
There’s an ￼￼abundance of berries, a friend I met for lunch said she thinks it means we’re in for a hard winter. Is that right?
In the hedgerows in fields near home there are: crabapples, sloes, haws, the last blackberries, acorns, conkers, sycamore helicopters and ash keys. It’s fantastic.
‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ …full poem here.
Last weekend we drove home in the dark and AN OWL WAS SITTING ON THE WHITE LINE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD! I think he’d just caught a little creature running across the road and was pinning it down. ￼
If the low light levels and gloomy days are feeling a little bit tricky, combined with everything else at the mo, here’s a tiny rather silly little thing you can do. I bought a really cheap set of glitter gel pens from The Works and now write lists using a different colour for each item. Someone told me it’s like I’m 13 years old, but I don’t care! My shopping and freezer lists are really pretty￼ and colourful on the front of the fridge. They’re making me smile.
How are you finding autumn?
Maybe it’s Spring where you are? What are you up to?
I love reading your blog Rachel. Always inspires me and makes me smile.
Thank you! How lovely.
Like your glitter pen idea. I have a couple of four colour biros; does help to make important things stand out.
I found your lovely blog through Ginny’s link and have enjoyed your pictures and chats. I live in Maine in the NE corner of the US and we are definitely hunkering down for winter. I am off to put my flower gardens to bed for the winter and enjoy a lovely autumn day. Take care!
Welcome! Thank you for reading.
You’re ahead of me on the gardening, I have made a start though now the weather’s become lots cooler.
Lovely post Rachel- lots of berries just mean we had a great Spring and Summer for berries- not that we will get a hard Winter- we may- but no causal link, wich I think is a shame as it’s a nice myth!
Thank you. I thought that too! A bit of sunny frosty chilled days would be nice, but not too many!
Some say that the birds leave the berries on the bushes/shrubs to feast on in a hard winter. Might be an old wives tales or myth.
Love the look of that bread but i’m not into baking.
I like colouring in either with fabric and fabric pens or colouring books with pencils. It’s very relaxing. So no shame for liking the glitter pens.
Ahh we’ll have to see if they dry and drop or disappear during a cold snap.
I’m not looking forward to the clocks going back and us losing daylight at the end of the day. Glitter pens a go for sparkle and colour!