my new walking target saw me making the effort to do a half hour (1.5 mile) walk first thing this morning. This was just after 7am and I was so happy to be out, admiring the sunrise.
The freezer is so iced up it's pretty urgent that I get around to defrosting it. I'm trying to use up the contents at the moment and a bag of frozen butternut squash has emerged now it's half empty.
Time to make some easy soup.
Not a big batch as I don't want to have to freeze any 😁 Just enough for a couple of lunches. Yummy.
After lunch I headed out with mum, to one of my favourite local National Trust properties. Calke Abbey
I don't think the house was open today, but I hadn't come to see inside.
I made a bee-line for the garden.
With gorgeous flowers.
But I was here to see the Dahlia beds. Frost was forecast last night, but thankfully it didn't get that cold. Don't get me wrong, I love a bit of frost but the first hard one will surely be the end of this stunning display.
Only the long shadows and chilly shade gave away that we are in November. Just look at this floral beauty.
The kitchen garden was still looking splendid too.
And this handsome chap caught my eye as I headed back to meet up with mum, sketching in the car.
This is the view she had through the car window.
And this is the fab sketch she was inspired to draw. All the colour was such a nice surprise to me 😍💛💚💗
To finish our trip we made a quick stop off at the Ferrers Centre
So much seasonal prettiness here too.