September 20, 2013
Autumn thoughts and a catch up
There is a distinct chill in the air. After such a glorious Summer, it's a little difficult to get enthusiastic about this sudden drop in temperature, though there are certain Autumn delights I am looking forward to... homemade soups and jams, crisp mornings, golden leaves and woodland walks, cosy knits and boots.
I've also been pinning inspiring and somewhat romantic images to my Autumn pinterest board to remind me that this season is just as lovely as Summer.
One of the bonuses that come with owning a house with a garden is that we have inherited a towering apple tree. It is starting to drop the fruit at a rather alarming rate, so I must start thinking up ways to use up the apples. I started with an apple cake last week.
We've also been picking wild blackberries as often as possible, always a real joy at this time of year. They are sat patiently in the freezer, waiting to be turned into jams and crumbles. I also found a recipe for blackberry curd, which sounds delicious.
The house renovations have also started in earnest. I started, rather tamely, with the fireplace in our bedroom and am still scraping at the vestiges of the paint several weeks later. I think I must have removed about 6 layers in total, starting with white, then cream, various reds, greens and blues.
Last weekend we stripped all of the wallpaper in the bedrooms and hallway, just the sitting room left to do. Progress, at last. We've gone back to original paint there too, dark crimsons and deep teal. I've also started to paint the original wood panelling in the 2nd bedroom and upstairs hallway, covering yellow stained pine and lavender in the process.
We've started the arduous process of gathering window quotes to replace the front PVC windows with more sympathetic timber sash. Apparently the sitting room window is an odd combination of height and width and as such will require a bespoke solution... oh dear.
In between house renovations, I've also submitted a couple of pieces to This Is Your Kingdom. Read about my visits to Corfe Castle and Dancing Ledge here.