Autumn is taking a long time to arrive in the South of England but it is finally creeping in! The leaves are a-crisping and starting to form lovely piles under trees in the parks. Cakie has been discovering the pure and simple joy of leaf kicking. Ahhhh, simple fun. I love it.
This photo reminds me of this one (below) that we took when we visited Hew Hampshire at exactly this time of year, 3 years ago. The foliage was so beautiful. It was pretty impossible to capture the amazing colours on camera.
And here we are, 3 years later, blessed with two beautiful girls and having fun introducing them to the beauty of the seasons. Autumn is my absolute favourite. Everything about it is delicious and cosy and homely all rolled into one.
I love the walks in the parks and the woods, looking at the changing leaves and smelling the wood smoke from bonfires. The crisp, sunny days with beautiful golden light, that make it seem like late summer but with jumpers and chunky scarves and gloves!
And it’s a great excuse for wellie-wearing. We love wellies around here
And that wonderful feeling of domesticity when you are able to cook from things that have grown in your own (or friends’) gardens. We have been picking tomatoes for what seems like for ever! They just keep on producing. This week the chilli peppers were ready too. Cakie filled up her little trolley for me and threw away any “dutty” ones in disgust!
She was clearly not at all sure about the quality of this one! I think Mr Slug had had a little nibble (or two!)
Ah, wonderful bounty!
We are still deciding what to do with these. Maybe some passata to store for later on in the year.
These beauties came from my friend Sarah’s super-abundant apple trees in her back garden. We really don’t need to be eating any more desserts at the moment so I searched through my beloved Nigella and found an interesting Spiced Apple Chutney recipe and gave it a go, using one of our chillies.
I love the subtitle to this book. “Baking and the art of comfort cooking.” Yes please- I’ll have me some of that!
I’m not really a chutney-making kinda girl. But recently I have been finding it all too hard to resist, and I must admit, it’s lots of fun. It’s probably just because I like the look of the cute jam-jars all lined up!
And while it is still warm and dry, Cakes is enjoying her trampoline to its fullest!
While we were bouncing we found a huge pile of sycamore seeds had landed on it (which is a great thing because we don’t want any more sycamore saplings growing in the lawn!) I tried to demonstrate the helicopter trick, but it wasn’t quite as impressive as I remember from my own childhood.
Instead we brought them inside to look at them, then we made a little craft out of them by sticking them to a tree cut from brown card. Lots and lots of gloopy glue (PVA) was needed. Fantastic
Our own little piece of Autumn for the wall.
Looking forward to the temperature dropping by another 10 degrees or so and coveting a fireplace in time for Christmas!