Rain and storm, and no more warm summer days. I think autumn may well be my favourite season.
Weird? Perhaps, but I honestly love autumn, with its temperamental weather and abundance of warm colours. I love that the heat is gone, and with it, most creepy crawlies as well; I’m really not all too fond of those.
And the good news about autumn doesn’t end there.
Last Friday we went up north, to see my parents-in-law. On our way there, we stopped by DD-19’s place and picked her up, as she was really looking forward to see her grandparents again. Also, she had an additional reason to want to see them, as she wanted to interview her grandmother for a philosophy assignment.
We all had a really good time, and DD-19 and her grandmother chatted for hours. We probably stayed for a little longer than we should have, but don’t we all know how time flies when you’re having fun?
Oh, and of course we didn’t leave empty-handed. My mother-in-law had gathered chestnuts. Lots of them, and she generously gave us most of them. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Now, it had been quite a while since I’d last had chestnuts, so I went online to look for recipes, and found so many yummy looking ones, I think we’ll have to go gather even more chestnuts.
Yesterday, I roasted a nice batch of chestnuts, and we all enjoyed them as a healthy late night snack. Unfortunately, I dislocated my finger time and again whilst scoring the chestnuts, so I had to stop sooner than I wanted too.
Thankfully, today the pain was gone, and my fingers (I’d been dislocating another finger frequently as well over the last couple of days) were only just a little stiff. They still are, but hopefully that will be better by tomorrow morning.
It was all worth it anyway, as the roasted chestnuts were delicious. Now I’m facing the hard choice between making chestnut puree tomorrow, or Martha Steward’s Butter Cookie Sandwiches with Chestnut Cream. I have to say, the latter look very tempting indeed. Then again, a Chestnut and butternut squash pie doesn’t sound half bad either.
The life of an avid home cook is hard, with all these difficult choices to be made!
But on to other matters.
DD-19 and I worked in the backyard again today. There wasn’t all that much to be done, but there were leaves that shouldn’t be left lying around on the pavers. And there was my olive tree in its container, that might benefit from some protection against frost. Actually, my rhubarb plant might like a nice leave-blanket as well.
The vines – beautiful, but a little too overabundant – needed pruning. After all, we really wouldn’t want the rain gutter of our shed getting blocked. Also, it would be nice if we could actually enter the shed without having to wrestle our way through a jungle first.
It probably took us about an hour, or maybe a little longer, but we rather enjoyed our little stint in the backyard. Also, I think the yard looks quite nice now.
I know, it’s nothing really special, but it’s tidy, and I love the colours.
All we need now, is to turn this place into a real garden, but that will have to wait. We’ve got other things to do first. However, nothing can stop me from dreaming and making plans. And I’ve got great plans for this little backyard of ours. Stay tuned, and you’ll find out in due time.