Category Archives: seasons

Autumn colours in Instagram.

Taking our dog around the park today I was struck by the gorgeous colours and thought I had better snap away before Winter arrives with an icey blast.

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Here is Clitheroe Castle.It is getting quite famous in my blogs! The Castle is an ancient keep and one of the smallest in Britain.:)

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I have played around with the Instagram ap on my phone which is a great way of brightening up your photos.Colourful leaves carpet the ground everywhere.

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I tried to get a good pic of Jake but he had a real speed on as he crunched through the fallen leaves.

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I especially loved the golden hue of this tree.

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I hope you enjoyed my Pictures in the Park.:)

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Autumn walks.

I was mean’t to be doing a bit of retail therapy this wknd, but I have been laid low with a bug ( sigh ) so shopping will have to wait : ( Had to get out for some fresh air today so me and the doog headed down the fields with the camera.I got a few shots but I have also incoporated a few pictures from a previous walk.Loving the autumn colours.

Speckled Brown Butterfly





Robin red breast

Back home and the view from my room.

Hedgerow Harvest.Autumn food for free.

Elderberries

Went for a wander down some country lanes at the weekend to see what I could gather to make a crumble. : ). There is already an abundance of fruit in the hedgerows. I found a couple of elder shrubs bearing clusters of reddish black berries. These can be used in pies and crumbles when added with other fruits such as blackberries. I have found an even better use for them however : ). Check out this blog link http://willowswoollyworld.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/elderberry-vodka.html
;Rose hips
The fruits of the Wild Rose known as ‘Hips’ are actually a major source of vitamin C and contain twenty times more of the vitamin than Oranges.WoW! I remember drinking rose hip syrup as a child….and I also remember the scratchy effects of homemade itching powder made from the prickly seeds : (, However the fruits can also be made into delicous jams and jellies.http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/rose_hip_jelly_and_jam/


I also stumbled upon a plum tree but the plums were way to high to gather without a ladder.Here is a link to a recipe for a yummy Plum upside down cake ( I will check to see how many fall off!)http://www.spadespatula.com/2012/7/27/local-plums-call-for-upside-down-cake/
In the end I played it safe and picked a few blackberries which I decided to put in a crumble with some apples one of my friends gave me from a tree in her garden.


I used Sophie Dahls autumn warming Apple and Blackberry crumble recipe.

Ingredients

1 cup flour
Half cup rolled oats
1 stick butter plus one tbsp to add to fruit
Half cup brown sugar plus 2 tbsp to add to fruit
8 oz blackberries
8 0z apples cored & chopped

Mix the flour, oats and butter in a blender or with your fingers in a mixing bowl so it looks like nubbly bread crumbs.Then mix in the brown sugar.

Put the fruit in a pie dish and add 1 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp of the sugar.Cover with the crumble mixture.Bake 30 mins until golden brown.

Serve with creme fraiche or custard

Serves 6

Look out for more posts featuring Autumn food for free. : )

Autumn days

Ok a tiny part of me is still holding on to an Indian summer : ), but many of my fellow bloggers are already writing about the changing season,hunting in the hedgerows for blackberries and sloes, walks in the country wearing skinny jeans,woolly jumpers& boots and baking apple crumbles.MMmmmmm I’m feeling all Autumnal already!
Thinking back to my childhood, having grown up in the countryside on a farm and attended the local village school, the different seasons all had their own attractions.Autumn was such a lot of fun! I remember playing conkers with my friends,picking damsons and crab apples for Mum to make jams and jellys,waving goodbye to the migrating swallows and running from cheeky schoolboys bearing itching powder made from crushed rose hip seeds mixed with flour. Hmmm I wonder if today’s kids know how to make Itching Powder??
I also have been thinking about a hymn we used to sing in school assembly and harvest festivals called Autumn days which has brought back to life those memories of Autumn for me, and it had a catchy tune too. I looked up the lyrics and so here they are:

Autumn Days Lyrics

Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled
And the silk inside a chestnut shell
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled
All these things I love so well

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn’t forget

Clouds that look like familiar faces
And a winters moon with frosted rings
Smell of bacon as I fasten up my laces
And the song the milk man sings

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn’t forget

Whipped-up spray that is rainbow-scattered
And a swallow curving in the sky
Shoes so comfy though they’re worn out and
they’re battered
And the taste of apple pie

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn’t forget

Scent of gardens when the rains been falling
And a minnow darting down the stream
Picked up engine that’s been stuttering and
stalling
And a win for my home team

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you

I mustn’t forget

Autumn days by Estelle White

What are your memories of Autumn?