Most weeks are busy around here, but this past one - well, I was so excited when Friday came around I celebrated with Gardener's World and a Baileys coffee. We've also packed in plenty of nice things over the week, like trips to the wool shop (I tidied up my knitting box, too: I need to stay organised as there are currently four projects on the go).
We've been eating apple and almond cake and took some to Jay's mum's house last night. There's still some left over. Hooray!
I baked some cornbread using a recipe from the BBC website. Verdict: it had potential. Next time around I'll omit the sugar and tinned corn, halve the ingredients and bake it for twice as long as instructed. Like I said, it had potential. The crispy top was nice but the overly sweet, doughy centre... not so much.
On a savoury note there was butternut squash risotto with plenty of Parmesan and fried sage. Comfort food at it's best. Even better: leftovers. One of my favourite words.
I bought some little cyclamen plants yesterday. One (in cerise pink) for Jay's mum and this one for myself. They were £1 each. Every year I buy one. Every year it dies on me. Maybe this year my fortunes will change. Apparently they like a cool windowsill and we have plenty of those.
We've had some crazy weather. From one minute to the next the house is either dark and gloomy or bathed in yellow light. In fact we were just plunged into darkness before a big cacophony of thunder and lightning, followed by hailstones the size of marrowfat peas. The dark's lifting again now.
A few bright, crisp days earlier in the week meant some walks around the locality. The conkers have all gone but there are still plenty of autumnal delights. Woodsmoke in the air, for one. I love that smell.
We're having a slow Saturday and tomorrow we're off to Lancs for a family walk and cold-weather picnic. The little button badge was a gift. Made me smile.
We're wrapping up warm at the moment. My new tartan scarf is big enough to wrap around me as a shawl too. I need it - we've had frost the past few mornings and our visit last night under a clear sky had us shivering with cold (it was nice to get indoors and run a bath).
Hope you're keeping warm this weekend :)