Posts tagged: autumn
superb tooting skyline as viewed from the kitchen yesterday… can almost pretend we’re not in london! x
that last quote couldn’t be more true - look at the wonderful colour our hydrangeas have turned in the last few weeks!
very excited about this week’s delivery from abel and cole, purple carrots anyone? big, juicy bit of pork belly sizzling away nicely in the oven ready to go with them. yum!
due to an excess of sloe gin after our prolific picking session on the south downs back in october we thought we thought perhaps we ought to share some and give it to people as little birthday pressies. the wooden heart serves a double function as it is the recipient’s birthday and also reminds them what vintage the brew is.
i just adore this photo from our wedding last year. it was a complete fluke, but the baskets fitted perfectly in the alcoves so they were beautifully framed by the stunning windows. I have to confess that i wasn’t very good at drying out the petals for the confetti (the husband clearly didn’t buy me enough roses through our engagement) but the contributions from others meant we had an amazing quantity. my mother was particularly productive, although when the bags were retrieved from the airing cupboard we did find a stray pair of knickers nestled at the bottom of one of them! needless to say it provided much hilarity and on the big day when i felt nerves might overwhelm me i just quietly repeated to myself ‘confetti knickers, confetti knickers…’
the shooting season may be well underway, but for those who prefer their game alive these fantastic cushions might be just for you. such an adorable partridge print, they almost look like leaves.
available to buy at the gorgeous www.rowenandwren.co.uk
wishing the husband a very, very happy anniversary! it was a perfect autumn day and it’s been a wonderful year. here’s to many, many more to come…
the husband and i had a fabulous weekend in hampshire picking sloes to replenish stocks. we have now returned to tootingshire with five litres of sloe gin and a glow in our cheeks after a healthy dose of sunshine, walking, cows and of course the gorgeous doggies. kibo was certainly the most enthusiastic sloe picker, but sadly he’s not into sharing so wasn’t able to contribute to the gin making effort!
anyone who is feeling a bit depressed about winter setting in should dash out now any buy a big bunch of gladioli. not only are they gorgeous, summery and local (they all seem to be grown in lincolnshire) they are also as cheap as chips. this little bunch set me back a whopping £1.37!
it’s been a long day and it’s already dark, so there’s nothing else for it but a big glass of red wine and some lovely comforting food. sausages with boston baked beans is my latest favourite dish for a really simple, tasty, warming supper and luckily the husband is a huge fan too. we add a couple of extra carrots to up the veggie content and use borlotti beans as we think they’re tastier. yum!
recipe from www.bbcgoodfood.com
this time last year a certain little wedding provided the perfect opportunity to tuck into my mother’s amazing sloe gin. we decorated the bottles (with a very apt disclaimer) and put one on each table. needless to say it lasted a matter of minutes and certainly got the party going. we will be off sloe picking in a couple of weeks to replenish stocks!
one of the first things i learned from my mother in law was to always keep a stash of raspberries in the freezer to pop in a glass of fizz. as we currently have a glut of wandle blackberries from the bumper crop in early august i thought they might be the perfect complement to a glass of prosecco for a kir royale with a twist. cheers!