Celebrating autumn

Autumn child - Tea & ToastArdemonia

Today we had the first suggestion that summer might be coming to an end. Here, in the south-east of the country, we haven’t had rain for weeks, and then all of a sudden it rained all day! Mia’s school playground flooded, I had to hunt out welly boots from the back of the cupboard, and a scarf to wear with my t-shirt. But, I am not complaining…whilst I adore summer, and the carefree nature of bare feet, long days, eating and cooking outside…I always feel excited about autumn.

There is a tree directly outside my bedroom window which is surrounded by a circle of  golden and red leaves. The small veg patch in my garden has the last beetroots, tomatoes and herbs of the summer growing. In the mornings it has a delicate covering of spider webs.

I think the hunter-gather nesting instinct sets in for me at this time of year. I love to go foraging for wild fruit in the local countryside…I feel the need to collect everything, even rosehips and elderberries. I have tried making these into syrup and cordial in previous years, with very limited success! We have enjoyed blackberries from the garden, mirabelle plums from the nearby Wittenham Clumps and last weekend we even went potato picking at a local farm!

I have been adding some lovely, inspiring autumnal images to my Pinterest board too…pop over and take a look!



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