Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Decorating for Autumn

Autumn is my favourite season, I even like the cosy feeling of a drizzly dank day, when I have the heating on in the house  and look out of the window, at the bright bursts of colour as the leaves  are rapidly changing. At the beginning of October I get my autumn box from the garage and begin to garland the house with pumpkins and candles.

I am reserving the more Halloweeny bits until next Monday, when my daughter and I will let rip with ghosts and cobwebs, and other spooky bits and pieces.  We are having some of her friends over for a Halloween Lunch, in fancy dress, so lots of excitement to look forward to.....

I love the mixture of homemade and shop bought
with reminders of the beach

We didn't have much luck with conkers this year
but there is always next Autumn

Isn't orange a cheery colour?

I love the hearts my daughter made with Hana beads

This papermache pumpkin has a staring role every year
I love it so much

Harlequin pumpkins are so rewarding
lovely texture and colours

A bowl of Kentish Cobnuts, 

And no autumn is complete without Quinces

Whichever way you look

It's a true delight

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Harvest:- One of Autumn's Joys

I have been so very busy, but now I have time to pause!  Time to think and  enjoy harvest time, full of  the delights of autumn.

We went to the annual  food event at Ham House and it was inspiring, all sorts of wonders to see in the vegetable garden,  the bounty of the plot  being prepared and stored  for the winter.

I will be blogging a little more frequently, and apologies for the huge gap since my last photographs from Brittany.

This Pumpkin was almost red, so beautiful

Plants for sale

And bread from a local baker

The pumpkin patch

Climbing pumpkins

In the Still room

Lots of things to smell and explore

Such great fun for my six year old


A wonderful still

And in the kitchen more local (foraged) goodies

These pies are baked to a Stuart Recipe

The garlic will be used in The Orangery Cafe

I just wished it was for sale!

An amazing benchful of pumpkins!