I hope you are well and enjoying October. It's whizzing by rather too speedily for my liking.
These are a few of the images that have ended up on my camera since we last spoke....
One wet day I decided to bake, on a whim.
It was a recipe on a leaflet from the milkman and contained ingredients I had in the cupboard which need using up.
Is usual, to make me feel more organised and to make best use of the turning on the oven, I doubled the quantities and made two, weighing each to get even cakes.
They turned out great, and there's still one in the freezer to enjoy later.
As well as rain we have enjoyed sunny days. I'm still loving the zoom on my camera. This looks like a young male Sparrow to me.
It's also great to focus on the distant landscape.
Here the Ivy Flowers were a-buzz with pollinators.
Great to see.
Back home I'm still trying to make adjustments towards a more environmental lifestyle. Some changes stick and some slide. We can only keep trying our best with the time and monetary constraints we have. I do love my simple cleaning routine. Yes, there is still plastic involved here but the products are affordable and natural.
It makes me happy to buy Bicarbonate of soda in a cardboard box (wonderful stuff for loads of things....I've just discovered a little sprinkled in a tea stained cup and rubbed in with a damp cloth gets the stubborn marks off easily) and to make it last longer I create a " sprinkler" with my cake skewer, or a kebab stick.
We still use bar soap. It's just basic unscented "own brand" stuff but still creates less plastic waste than liquid soap and saves us money (also, my hands are not so dry)
Chatsworth house in the mist.
Back in the garden now :0)
Here my newly planted hostas are still looking great, much to my surprise. I thought they would have died back by now.
And my Dahlias are still flowering their heads off.
I'm training this climbing rose to spread along the fence (this was a prickly job).
and I'm still picking the odd rose to enjoy indoors. I love this orange one which I've had for many years. I wish I knew it's name.
I'm also trying to spread my growing space around the house. Eldest made me this large planter to go where our bins used to live. It was his good idea to mount it on casters, which he already had. The only bits we bought were the trellis panel and the planks that make up the sides. I've planted a few evergreens in it which were from the garden. I do love Lemon scented conifers. Their lime green foliage is so cheery and the whole purpose of this planter is to give me something green to look at out of my side kitchen window. I'll add some spring bulbs soon, mini daffs I expect :0)
On our front doorstep I've placed a couple of pumpkins. They are so seasonal and cheery. Never-mind it's not Halloween yet.
Now it's getting cooler at night my large sunburst blanket is back on our bed, until it gets cold enough to need the winter duvet. It's a nice compromise and easy to throw off if the weather turns mild again.
I've also been doing a little sketching with my coloured pencils, some countryside scenes for an article in our parish magazine about the walking group I'm part of. I've made birthday cards for members in the past and the chairman asked me to do these too. How kind was that. Did I ever say how much I love those people :0)
One even contains the tractor I put in my first drawing of recent years, which I blogged about HERE.
Oh and Tom Tit too :0)
Onto another random subject. Here's the harvest of apples I picked from our young apple tree. Not that many but we didn't get any last year so I'm just glad to see any sort of crop.
Some are pretty tiny :0)
but I still had a go at peeling them ( they are Bramleys, cooking apples)
And popped them all in a pan with some of my foraged Blackberries.
Yay, 2 apple crumbles. One for now
And one for later
While I was in the kitchen I obviously decided to snap my "new" kitchen clock.
The old one has broken so I was thrilled to find this lovely wooden one in the Cancer Research charity shop.
£5 to a good cause and great recycling. What's not to love.
Thank you as always for reading, and for your kind and helpful comments.