Elderberries at last! the pleasure of picking, the delicious smell of them cooking, I am making a nourishing syrup for sore throats and colds, packed with goodness - small pleasures but, for me cooking and bottling berries is one of the best times of the year. The door to my blog is ajar and the steamy smell of berries simmering might almost creep through if you breath deeply. These are my favourite Autumnal colours just now, deep reds, greys and purples.
I found some bark in the woods during the Summer, dried it and as it was in the most convenient cylindrical shape, used around glass candle votives to shed a gentle light.
Ambercat is growing her Winter coat, she changes colour in the Winter going a darker gingery stripe (in the Summer she goes very white underneath and light ginger). The woods are wearing a rustic cloak with browns and yellows and the little meadow beyond is full of brown thistles and golden grasses, ripe blackberry and elderberry.
I have never seen so many sloe berries- a sign of a hard Winter ahead perhaps.
I made up some lavender bags from odd silk paintings that had no purpose and backed them with muslin to freshen the wardrobe and deter moths.
I used lavender picked from the garden, just two little bushes gave enough for 8 bags.
We have a new bread maker, the smell of fresh bread wafting through the house is unbeatable, do you make bread? it is enjoyable to do by hand but my machine will do all the work for me overnight, lazy luxury!
We like rich colour in this house - food included! hubby made giant couscous with mint and coriander, tomato and red onion, very colourful and great in packed lunches with a little feta cheese or tuna. I am interested in the colour of food lately, I think it matters - red and green foods are vibrant and give energy, don't you think?
My bag of cyclamen was five pounds in the market. I added ornamental cabbage to the last flush of geranium and filled a tub. Climbing roses still linger, the chiminea has been made ready as there is a definite chill in the air. I am looking forward to wearing extra layers, I like the feel of soft woollens and heavier clothing - do you have a favourite cosy thing that you wear? I have a lightweight blanket from Ikea that I wrap around me when I sit in the garden or drape over me if sitting in the conservatory on chilly mornings.
I haven't read any 'proper' books lately, nothing has got my attention but coffee table books have been coming back from the library. This Kevin McCloud book is worth buying I think. The home design tv programs he hosts are more as an observer than an advisor, his book reveals how knowledgeable and creative he himself is, he has opened my imagination to the power of colour and I have learned how colour can change light and mood, size and proportion in a room.
This is how the woods near the windmill looked at the weekend. Beyond here are fields with woolly sheep, the odd horse with signs asking passers by to phone if the horse 'causes any trouble' although I can't imagine a horse would get up to much in the woods other than eating things or maybe running up and down this path for a bit of fun. Badger Kingdom is situated above the left bank, I wonder if many people know it is there, as it's an underground kingdom of chambers only visible in Spring when the burrows have been disturbed. Right now everything is no doubt going on under the surface as they bed down for Winter. We bed down too, we like the evenings drawing in, hot dinners, heavier bedding, the prospect of the last episode of Dowton Abbey coming soon and another series of Home Front.
This seemingly empty footpath with a few twisty trees is home to bats, boxes have been placed by the local Council, some are quite low, about 5 ft from the ground (I thought they would like to be higher), I will come back one evening soon in the hope of seeing them.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you will leave a comment if you have time to chat. I will be back in a while, Today I have my paint brushes out and feel like dabbling so bye for now.....