Tuesday 30th October 2012
Am in a soft purple mood today so here are some lilac and cream images...I managed an hour in the garden today enjoying the last of the summer flowers. This rose is called "True Blue" which isn't quite accurate but still lovely in its own way. It's getting much colder now..my tortoise is almost hibernating (but still sluggishly moving about on sunny days).
I've always wanted to try samphire..it sounded such a romantic elusive delicacy..well,I spotted it in Tesco,of all places, and HAD to seize the opportunity. I cooked it in water until al dente, added lemon and olive oil... it would have been fab if it hadn't been SO salty!! I expected some saltiness but not this much.My daughters nibbled a bit and couldn't eat any more.Oh well, at least I know now.
Horror of horrors, the fan on my oven has stopped working (died of over-use I suspect) so I can't make my Christmas cake until it gets sorted. I did however manage to make one seasonal treat.. I donned sunglasses and spent an hour peeling small onions for pickling..the glasses did help a bit but I still ended up with eyes streaming! I only added mustard seeds as I don't like to taint the pure pickliness of the onion flavour. Will I be able to wait for the required pickling time? Doubt it!
Look at these emerald green beauties.My daughter has been messed about at work and ended up doing two consecutive days of twelve hour shifts, all on her feet with no sitting down, so I bought these shoes to cheer her up..we have put them away for Christmas but just going shopping for them was wonderful retail therapy! Not only that but they were reduced twice..down from originally £55 to only £22!! That was the part that made me smile ;-)
I found this Welsh poppy growing bravely in a crack in the concrete driveway..only a matter of time until someone stands on it but it's lovely and cheering while it lasts ... a Twitter friend replied when I posted the photo with a quote from Morrissey .."Amid concrete and clay and general decay,nature will still find a way". Not sure how accurate it is or which song it's from but thanks Jonny for that apt quote!
Maybe my last Gertrude Jekyll rose of this year. Such a perfect colour don't you think? A little bit of blackspot on the leaves but not enough to worry me at the tail end of the season. Ciao for now. xx