Thursday, 21 October 2010
Best of all is where they came from - the lovely market in Ludlow. Our annual trip to the Welsh Marches has become a bit of a tradition. A day away, pootling about the vintage shops, shopping for delicious local fruit and veg in the market, stopping for coffee and enjoying something tasty for lunch is bliss for Woody and me.
And on Saturday we're off again, this time back to the wonderful South West, hurrah, for a week in North Devon on the western edge of Exmoor. This holiday has crept up on us a little but after a busy few weeks back at school the boys are ready for a rest and I'm so excited about curling up in this beautiful looking farm cotttage with a log burning stove and peace & quiet.
Monday, 11 October 2010
Things are getting rather cosy here at No 25. There are cats on blankets, conkers and acorns on the ground, the scent of wood smoke in the air and the first of my winter squashes is ripening on the kitchen window sill.
I’ve got some small gardening to do, lots of lovely bulbs to put to sleep, ready to burst into life by the front door when the days begin to lengthen again. These are some of the last blast of summer blooms, just about to disappear for another year.
These past few weeks I’ve been relishing autumn cooking. Now our boys are a little bit older and engrossed in their own games, (or some elaborate shared adventure for which mummy is expressly not needed), I’m getting to spend a little more time in the kitchen for an hour or so after school.
Homemade casseroles, baked fish, spicy stir frys to warm chilly evenings have appeared on the kitchen table recently. Much inspiration has been gleaned from the new River Cottage series (more recipe ideas, less “help, I’ve never cooked before” spods,which is rather good and I still have Nigella’s new thing to watch too, (we’ll see, I can't decide if she really irritates me or not!