Jake and I have been making crumpets this morning. Delicious! In between making the dough, we made some chocolate chip cookies which started going down as quickly as they were coming out of the oven, but there’s still a good twenty or so left. Definitely a day for baking!
New favourite website of the day is re-foundobjects, which is a fantastic website with beautiful treasures found and done up – definitely something I want to do myself. There’s some beautiful hand-painted tins, which is a bit above and beyond the tins I plan on painting to adorn the side of the house next year. I really would like mine in bright colours hanging down the side of the house with some nasturtiums and verbena in acid colours trailing from them. However, I love these beautiful tins
And I also like these rather weird painted plates
*title taken from John Clare’s Evening*
The work continues: a lot of the trees have come down that were dead or dying, and the back orchard is bigger, spacious and free. The sun is welcome in, these days. We’ll prune the trees right back when the leaves have fallen, but it’s already looking a hundred times better. We have a neat row of plum trees, ended with a maple, rather than a crazy orchard that was impossible to stand up in.
I’ve pulled up another load of weeds, too – my carrot rows look more like carrot rows and I’ll start on the spring onions tomorrow. The last of the apples are collected, and the last of the peaches frozen. It’s getting to the point where I can map out the grounds, knowing what is where. We have a couple of walnut trees beginning their final stages, the quince to harvest, but other than that, Les Ecures is shutting down for l’hiver.
It’s time to get into the kitchen and start making things for the winter. Chinese Salt and Pepper wings tonight, followed by apple caramel waffles and home-made ice-cream – the last of the apples that aren’t frozen up. The boys have a run on cookies right now, and it’s definitely time to stock up. Jake wants to make home-made crumpets tomorrow, and I have to say it’s the perfect weather for them. Yet another Hairy Bikers’ recipe. Some salted butter on these will be delightful!
Moll enjoying the fire