Monday, 9 September 2013

Goodbye Summer

Today I remembered how exciting it was to explore rock pools with my fishing net, often on the beaches around Porlock in Somerset as a child, with my granny watching closely - no other children, but I would be lost in thoughts of discovering a pearl or perhaps seeing a glimpse of a mermaid.  


So this is me, on the pebble beach, waiting for the tide to go out so the rock pools appear. 
A childhood memory of the seaside.

And back to the present, the Summer is at last ended.  The bees are all gone, here's just one last bee foraging the lavender from that lovely day out I had at Mayfield lavender farm...





and now I am looking forward to woodland walks that reward me with chestnuts, conkers, rowan berries...

 
 
Sloe berries, last year when I made sloe gin the berries were in short supply, this year there are too many - but there's a shortage of elderberry for my kir royale New Year's Eve champagne tipple...
 
 
Two bottles was all I could fill - I used half blackberry and half elderberry, a lovely dark sweet liquid resulted - very soothing for sore throats.
 
With my thoughts on colder days I won this beautiful mohair wrap on Ebay for five pounds - it's 1950s, in beautiful condition - warm and snuggly, can't decide whether to wear it or sit on it! a bit of both I expect.
 


 
(oh yes, the lovely snuggly crochet granny blanket in the picture is another favourite - a present from my blogging buddy Nana a while ago - it gets a lot of use)
 
Today I have been puttering, putting my rugs out, moving the odd thing here and there, making a warming beef casserole, watching the very heavy rainfall and wondering how hubby and schoolboy will get home without coats, pondering whether it would be too soon to put the heating on - I'm trying to hold off until October!
 


 
Walks in the woods will have to wait for a dry day, planting daffodil bulbs too, so I'm off to curl up with my kindle.  What are you doing this rainy day?
 
I nearly forgot, I still haven't finished that doorstop to match the one I bought
I lost interest for a while and it's been in use half finished! the windows and door need some attention but I just don't have the time - poor old neglected house.
 
 
 
 
 

29 comments:

  1. We are thrilled it is Autumn but today it has poured with rain and it feels cold. We hope to see the sun again tomorrow. Love your paintings Betty and maybe you will get some inspiration to finish poor neglected house..LOL. I think a lot of people will be hoping the rain will stop by home time. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. thankyou Molly, wishing lots of walks with your peeps and much squirrel chasing before they bed down for hibernation.

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  2. Lovely Autumnal post Betty! Although I dread September, I am quite looking forward to changing my hoe round getting ready for the cooler days

    Have a lovely week

    Claire xxx

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    1. I think changing things for the season is a really nice part of making a home, hope you don't dread September for long, it's such a pretty month.

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  3. Its funny that now i am getting older I think more of the past. Especially the good times that i spent with mum and dad. Maybe it's because they are not here any more, I don't now!!!
    There's something lovely about your bee painting, I bought a silk printing set from the boot sale last week and can't wait to use it.
    Cold!! I have been very cold, so cold the heating has gone on and the hot water bottle has come out..
    Here's hoping the sun will come out again......xx

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    1. ooh silk printing - is that the same as silk painting, or more like screen printing I wonder - hope you get on ok with it and get some pleasing results - that was a lucky find. Thanks for commenting on my paintings. Betty

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  4. We are struggling not to put the heating on too. Some days it is so much cooler all of a sudden. Autumn is in the air, definitely.
    Loved your bumble bee!

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    1. Hello there! I am trying to get the most out of the sunny spells to get my garden in order. Yours is, of course, a great inspiration.

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  5. I love exploring rock pools too as a child. Such wonderful memories!

    That is a beautiful wrap. An absolute bargain.

    We had our log burner on last night as we got quite chilly at watching the planes.

    Sft x

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    1. I am very jealous of people with log burners! I bet it's so cosy and smells fabulous. There is a post on here somewhere of my friends wood burning stove - I once babysat and was more worried about keeping the stove going than watching the children! They seem to be an acquired skill (the stoves - but maybe the children too!)

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  6. Beautiful paintings Betty ... yes I too loved rockpools as a child. That wrap you won on ebay is just gorgeous & will be so lovely for snuggling in when winter sets in. Gosh its hard to get my head around you going into autumn as spring sets in here & everything warms up a little. Your beef casserole looks most heartening :-) I'm sure you will finish your house doorstop when the cold weather sets in. x0x

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    1. oh yes, rockpools, it seemed to me everything looked pretty and bright when viewed through clear water - anenomes, jelly fish, shells, seawead - to me it was like a watery treasure box - I think we are kindred spirits Julia and would have enjoyed letting sand fleas out from under stones and drying our seaweed outside the house to monitor the weather (wet for rain/dry for sun)!

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  7. It's been cold here too and we lit the wood stove. It was actually cold working at the barn this morning and I felt chilly for two hours while I did my chores.
    I dread seeing the cold move in so fast and we are getting another 4 days of rain this week.
    That mohair wrap will come in handy soon to keep warm.

    I love that childhood memories painting and also the bee painting and your Slo Gin sounds like a good remedy. I never heard of it before. Good for sore throat you say.

    I hope that your week is lovely.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. another log stove owner! I'm jealous. The sloe gin, Julie is just 50% the fruit(frozen then defrosted - seems to make a difference) then 50% sugar - some people dilute with water but I don't - fill the rest up with gin and keep airtight, shaking the bottle every so often for first month - the longer you keep it the more alcoholic or delicious it becomes - but the elderberry cordial is the one for sore throats - I did a post on here last year same time on how to make it but it's basically lots of boiling with sugar and then draining off into jars - easy.

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  8. The doorstop house is so cute! It's fun to think about getting cozy for fall. You may have to turn the heating on sooner than you think. Stay warm.

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    1. Hubby will absolutely not allow heating on yet! he doesn't feel the cold you know - so I am wearing extra clothes and grumbling a lot!

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  9. What a nice post, Betty! Goodbye summer, hello autumn. There is something good in every season!

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    1. and plenty for us to paint Judy, lots of lovely rich colours and textures.

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  10. Look looks like you are ready for the fall. You scored on that mohair tartan!

    The purple concoctions are so pretty. Hope you enjoy them..lots.

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  11. OH Nancy you have GOT to make the purple stuff, it is so yummy - especially when you pour some into cava or sparkling wine. It's also nice with a bit of rum - if tee total it's delicious on its own warmed up in a small amount. Hope you get a chance to make some too.

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  12. Wonderful paintings !! I used to play at the beach too when I was little.
    So many fun things to do !! Your cooking looks so delicious.
    I have made a jar of elderberry jam this afternoon ; )
    Have a magical day.

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  13. I have never tried making jam from elderberry, I think that would be delicious - must try and find more berries - we have very few this year. Thankyou for visiting.

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  14. Loving that mohair wrap (Dress Stewart Tartan) and you really scored there. You're in good company too - as spotted in Vogue today (the magazine, not the furniture shop!)- more on my blog. You make such lovely things, Betty - you won't starve, that's for sure! Hubby's right about the heating - I've just been comparing my energy bills from last year and definitely won't be putting the heating on anytime soon!!Great post as ever. x

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  15. I love the fact that you remember peering in rock pools so avidly as a child as that is one of my favourite memories too. I have just stumbled across your blog in the middle of a sleepless night and it has given me so much pleasure. Thank you.

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  16. 11 September 2013 08:51
    Betty I have been thinking of you all day. I am sorry you have had such sadness in your family but maybe things are better now. I was once pulled aside by someone telling me off for giving to someone . They said that actually " they drive a Mercedes!"
    Well it takes all sorts but I would not be sitting on a hard pavement if I drove a Mercedes!
    Have you read a Street cat called Bob?

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    1. I haven't read the book but I have heard about it on TV - I must read it now you reminded me... no need to feel sad about the family story - my mother's 2nd husband - all people that are no longer with us and I have moved on. I was homeless myself for a short time when I left home so your post was particularly interesting to me, maybe I should write about it. Thanks for stopping and commenting. Betty

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  17. Lovely post Betty, and beautiful, gentle paintings.

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  18. Beautiful art work and love the blog and the background nature sounds, very pleasant. :o)

    Cyn

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