Friday, 4 September 2009

Goodbye summer, Hello autumn


Autumn is here, I don't want it yet...but all the signs are there, summer is on its way out. We have had boundiful < is there such a word??) crops from the allotment and our pantry is full of jams, chutneys and pickles as well as wine! My DH makes a very nice crispy fruity white as well as a rather nice red.
Here is a peep into our pantry!

We have damson and blackberry wine nurdling away in the corner and our shelves are buckling with, marrow and blackberry chutney, bean chutney, cougette chutney and courgette pickle as well as jellys and jams.

And of course all in the dark under the stairs are strings of onions and bags of potatoes. Plaited garlic hang from our kitchen shelf ready to frighten those vampires away!! LOL
Life is busy and growing it all is very satisfying.
Stuffed squash for tea the other evening with sliced runner beans and potatoes and we still have carrots to come. We will need to make some tomato chutney both red and green before we are away for a weeks holiday next week and Mike wants to do sloe gin, all ready for christmas.. I thought I was on a diet!! Ah well there is always next year!

The swallows and the swifts may have left us but our cheeky little squirrel is back on the bird table and the bird seed feeders are swinging with all the green finches, tits and sparrows as well as the robin gleening underneath.
The skies are red at night and the leaves may be turning yellows and reds but isn't there plenty to feast your eyes on as the seasons change.

8 comments:

Gaynor said...

Courgette muffin recipe Chris!
250g courgette grated (with skin on)
2 eggs
4 fl oz veg oil
150 g sugar
225 g SR flour
half tsp of baking powder
same again bicarb of soda
handful of raisins and some lightly crushed walnuts

whisk liquid stuff and add to dry stuff, beat and then fold in courgette, fruit and nuts. Shove in muffin cases at 180 oC until cooked lol

I have not made wine yet...one for next year fingers crossed!

Elisa said...

Some delicious fayre there...yummy...autumn is my FAVOURITE season...maybe as I am an October baby...

Have fun sampling them all

Carolyn NC said...

All that food sounds delicious!

Michelle said...

All looks wonderful, well done. Definitely my favourite seasons now - autumn and winter. I love them. Love Michelle x

Julie said...

Lovely to hear you sounding brighter Chris, your pantry looks full of lovely goodies.

Lovely autumnal piccies.

Karan said...

Very bountiful crop for you to enjoy. This is my favourite time of the year. :0)
Hope you have a lovely holiday. :0)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your leaves picture is gorgeous! But I hate to be reminded that summer is over!

Hazel said...

Ahhhh my favourite season. Your pantry looks great! I remember my mum used to make a lot of jams. I should learn I suppose. Is it hard?