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The middle of November may well be already winter in some people’s book but my seasonal vegetable chart has November as the last month of Autumn and so I am holding onto the last few weeks of it before the winter moves in, and then onto Spring…
Autumn is a beautiful month to be surrounded by trees, as the colours change in a last bust (or maybe suck) of life before the bare winter months;
Beech sapling standing above a floor of bracken - 5th November 2011Heading home; the road up the hill to mothers - 5th November 2011
Ivy replacing the green of the Hawthorn with a splash of red from the berries; the bees seem to enjoy the Ivy flowers - 3rd November 2011
Fir cones dripping in sticky sap - 15th November 2011
- Coming home; the road back from some training – 18th November 2011
Each turn in the road seems to bring another sign that this year is on its way out, I only wish my camera skills would do them justice!
Autumn beauties; some of the mushrooms we haven't been eating - 18th September 2010
Well, I really hate to say this but Autumn seems to be well on its way. I am sure it is much earlier than last year, I hadn’t been on holiday yet last year and I remember that being mostly warm and sunny so it must be earlier this year.
Any way, with the cooler, damper weather comes the mushrooms and this year is shaping up to an excellent year for them. The green across the road is full of Puff Balls, up the lane the Ink Caps are out in force and we are collecting Parasols wherever we go and those are just the ones we can spot from a mile off.
Yesterday was a particularly good day and we filled a blue mushroom creat with Ink Caps, Parasols and Puff Balls without going anywhere other than on the normal rounds (e.g. checking the sheep, feeding the ponies, etc.) so hopefully in the next few weeks a mushrooming trip can be fitted in.
Autumn picking; Ink Caps, Parasol and Puff Balls - 18th September 2010
Rhys made yesterdays pickings into a lovely wild mushroom soup which we had for dinner.
Today has been a good autumny kind of day, not to windy, mostly bright with only a few bitter cold showers.
The garden, and goat pen, are starting to get very muddy again. A productive afternoon was spent in the garden sorting, the morning disappeared somewhere too but not as productively, I remember looking at the clock and finding at it was already half past one with nothing done.
A pile of sacks of manure was cleared, unfortunately not to the allotment but to some local freecyclers. Even though the allotment needs as much manure as possible on it but it is the time it takes moving it up their and in the next couple of weeks there is the muck heap garden to be taken up there to make way for the new goat housing.
A fire was lit and lots of old branches were sorted, broken up and either burned there and then or put to one side for cutting up for the Rayburn and indoor wood burners. Over the summer a lot of twigy branches have built up from the greens feed to the goats, and now that the garden is gettting muddy they are starting to get walked into everywhere.
Then this evening we went out to see some fireworks. (photo to follow when I get bluetooth working)
It’s apple time of year again. We don’t have any apple trees of our own but each year we always seem to be given some, people just don’t use them anymore, and we know where all the ‘wild’ ones are locally.
One of the volunteers at work bought everyone in a bag yesterday and today there are crap apples on freecycle, which only two people have asked for and that’s me and my mother!
Apple pie and cakes are lovely in the winter, and apple cake is a really good packed lunch food as well.