A Simple Life

Crab apple jelly, the first of the autumn preserves.

We’ve been forced to take it easy here recently. Mr T returned home with a broken ankle (much improved now thank you), which meant plans for a busy weekend of fun and trips out had to be postponed.

Instead, I weeded, mowed lawns, harvested the abundant autumn rasberries (frozen for winter treats). We curled up and watched films, read books and listened to the geese flying overhead reminding us that autumn is coming.

This is my favourite time of year. I always look forward to the low winter sun, the turning of the leaves and making plans for winter. The garden is full of teasels and sunflower heads which will be feasted on by the finches. Leeks, kale and onions are filling the vegetable patch ready to see us throught the winter

Later this month, out will come the candles, the log basket will be filled and we’ll eat hearty home made stews full of vegetables and beans we grew ourselves and put by for colder weather. That might not seem very exciting to you, but a cupboard full of preserves, a freezer full of veg and summer fruit and the family warming themselves by the woodburner as I commence my winter knitting makes me happier I can say!

There’s a lot to be said for a simple life.

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  1. It all sounds blissfully heavenly x


  2. I think there is a good chance that out stoves may be lit this weekend. Hopefully I will manage to pick the rosehips in the hedgerows, before the farmers do their autumn hedgecutting. I love the way you casually mention the broken ankle, as if it an everyday occurence!!


  3. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 7, 2011

    Mr T’s sports injuries are a regular occurence :) I never manage to get the roswhips in time, so good luck with your foraging. Tx


  4. Ali

     /  September 7, 2011

    Sounds magnificently mellow! I love autumn too..I dream of steaming stews and crumbles with creamy custard… a beautifully coloured autumn leaf was blown to our back door in the gusts yeasterday…its on its way! xx


  5. Witchmountain

     /  September 20, 2011

    I know exactly what you mean, I love this time of year, logs all stacked and a kitchen full of new jam and apple pies! We’re building our winter nests! Happy Autumn x ( ps. I love those Duffer things…do you felt them after knitting? they look good just as they are)


  6. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 20, 2011

    yes Kim – they are h-u-g-e before you felt them. Only 19 rows of knitting so very quick and simple. I’ve made about 6 pairs now! I think you’re right about the winter nesting.


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