This month we are harvesting the fruits of our labours.
A sumptuous time of year - a time for newly sharpened pencils, soup making and planning
This month I have been mostly:-
- wearing my new emerald green shirt-dress that I found in an Oxfam shop (v 'Kirsty Allsopp')
- attending a singing workshop near Bath with a yoga mat, torch and hand mirror - don't ask....
- making courgette and apple chutney at 11pm at night
- eating watercress
- wearing black velour slacks (scarily comfortable) and discovering big pants
- watching chick flicks, 'Neighbours' and a 'Miranda' box set
- playing cards
- doing crosswords
- sitting in the car outside DIY stores (I'm not normally so 'sloth like' but am recovering from an op - honest)
- snurging around the antique shops in Devizes. My favourite is Crowman Antiques (pic below)
Crowman Antiques was more like a museum (or a very cluttered house) than a shop. If you love original Victorian wallpaper, 17th Century wattle and daub walls, tiny creaky staircases and bizarre finds (a welder's mask??!) - this shop is for you. I loved it.
We've seen lots of butterflies this summer
The Rudbeckia has been the star of the show
Some of the gladioli survived being eaten by slugs
If I have to eat one more courgette.......
We have 3 pumpkins, one of them is huge now and already turning orange
With the hot weather we have been able to grow aubergine
and our chillies have ripened for once
Lots of delicious cucumbers
After a slow start, the tomatoes are now going mad
Sarah's wild flower seed packet actually worked - the secret is a good seed bed
Beautiful misty morning
Some lovely walks
August has felt more like September
Esme and I took Big Dog to the New Forest one day.
Because everything is early this year - the fungi is out already
We didn't see a soul apart from a lizard and several large deer that leapt out from some ferns and frightened the living daylights out of us!
Esme convinced me that we weren't lost!
We found Frank asleep in my French basket which I use to store our potatoes
Due to my being out of action in the kitchen, my fellow bungalow girl has treated me to many delicious home made treats.
Celery, carrot and apple soup
Home made pizza
Home made scones for our friend Basil's milestone birthday
I like a bit of scone with my clotted cream
Esme made cakes whilst I supervised (grumpily) in the corner
They turned out rather well
Cheese, ham and chive tart from the Radio Times (a 'Great British Bake Off' recipe)
I'm going to be so huge
A few cyclamen to brighten up the now tired looking garden
I keep getting told off for getting excited about autumn approaching. But I don't think of the dark evenings, cold weather and Christmas adverts.
I think of:
- Strictly Come Dancing
- Downton Abbey
- Scooping out pumpkins
- Making chutney
- Snuggly socks
- Wearing scarves again
- Cosy cardigans
- Misty walks
- Open fires
- A vest, nicely tucked in
What's not to like?