It was interesting to read your comments on these 'miscellany' posts; it seems people enjoy reading them on here as much as I like looking at them on the blogs I follow.
So I've decided to make a weekly thing of it. No particular reason why I've gone for midweek other than the fact that it makes a nice bit of alliteration when typed alongside 'miscellany'.
We've had some seriously leaden skies of late. It makes for much gloominess indoors (my efforts with the camera seem to be resulting in pretty dingy-looking pictures unless I just give in and position things right next to a window). I can see why in Nordic countries they paint everything white.
There have been village wanderings: peering into the florist's window at their seasonal displays, making friends with a lovely skewbald pony who enjoys me stroking his nose (and who looks wistful when I walk away), watching the leaves come hurtling down from the trees as the wind whips the branches about.
The garden's looking a bit dishevelled. More leaves - although I do like watching them rise up in little tornadoes - and the hosta which I know I keep mentioning but the colour of the leaves is amazing. They almost glow. And I put a couple of bird feeders outside. The coconut shell filled with fat and seeds has been decimated (mostly by starlings). The others are visited regularly by sparrows, blue tits and robins. We get some big scary jackdaws too. Joe loves to sit and watch from the window.
In other news: Jay has another cookbook to add to his collection. He and Joe are big carnivores. We could do with a new set of kitchen knives really, especially with all this carving and slicing going on.
My hyacinth bulbs are coming to life in their dark cupboard and the roots are starting to grow. Some lemon geranium cuttings have taken too. I do like how things slow down at this time of year in readiness for the big winter sleep. It's all about gathering in, sowing ready for the spring, keeping warm.
I found a bottle of ready-made mulled wine in the cupboard. I know it's nicer with slices of orange and cloves bobbing about, but we're a non-wine drinking household. I realise that sounds a bit puritanical but trust me, we're far from it. We just prefer beer and spirits and the odd bottle of fizz. I only like wine in mulled form, so would get a big pan on the go only if we had company. Otherwise it's just me and a bottle of ready-made.
We've been eating autumnal things like lentils and (home-cured) bacon, and apple cake. And still salads but with more of an Asian theme: sliced white cabbage, spring onions, lime, coriander, mint, chilli. A warming kind of salad with sharp flavours.
I'm still ploughing through the Cazalet chronicles but am moonlighting with a book of ghost stories too. Oh, and I actually carved out some time the other afternoon to do something extremely indulgent: I watched a film. Recorded from the TV - The Family Stone. I sat under a blanket with a cup of tea and a biscuit and thoroughly enjoyed it. Apparently it had mixed reviews but I do like Diane Keaton...
I hope you're enjoying the week so far... and fingers crossed the weather calms down a bit in time for the weekend!