autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile

December 15, 2009 at 9:17 pm 11 comments

I called time on digging at the end of November when the ground became too treacly from all the rain and the autumn sunshine had finally been chased away by the clouds.  December visits to the allotment have been short and sharp: progressing from nose drippingly chilly compost drop-offs to finger numbingly speedy pickings of greens (kale, sprouts, cabbage and cavalo nero from Pat).  This is the first year I’ve done any autumn preparations so it’s with a happy heart that I’m hanging my spade to gather cobwebs until the spring.

I’d planned to share so much in this post but we’re going away for Christmas this evening.  So more as a reminder to myself for when I get back this is what I was going to show you …

Sowing and planting – onion sets, broad beans, field beans, spring bulbs, wallflowers, globe artichokes

an early christmas day with my family last week – making stained glass window biscuits, making Nic’s Christmas Pudding truffles, making salt dough tree decorations, making Ann’s cat, making pavlova for the first time

So you can see why there’s been no time for blogging!
I’ll be offline until after Christmas so all that remains is to send you
warm wishes and festive cheer for a very happy  Christmas and a merry New Year. Can’t wait until the real Christmas day to try out  my pudding :o)

© post title is a quote by William Cullen Bryant

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Johanna  |  December 17, 2009 at 1:29 am

    that cobweb photo is beautiful – and I love all your projects – have a good christmas

  • 2. Hazel  |  December 17, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Oh! You won’t see this till you get back, but I do hope that you both have a lovely Christmas!

  • 3. Norm  |  December 17, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Lovely quote, lovely cobweb photos! Have a great Christmas – hope your pud is fabulous (hmm, mine too!)

  • 4. miss m  |  December 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    And a very Merry Christmas to you too, Nic. Enjoy ! XX

  • 5. Choclette  |  December 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Fantastic photo and hope you had a good trip and the pud was good.

  • 6. Jayne  |  December 18, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Happy Christmas kiddo, thanks for your friendship this year, hope you have a wonderful time over the holidays.

  • 7. mangocheeks  |  December 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Have a wonderful time and a Wonderful Christmas day.

  • 8. Ralph  |  December 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Great pics! Merry Christmas!

  • 9. mangocheeks  |  December 31, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Just a quick e mail to wish you and your Loved one many Happy New Years.

  • 10. Ann  |  December 31, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Happy New Year, Nic

  • 11. Nip it in the bud  |  January 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Hello everyone, thank you for your festive cheer and lovely comments. Hope you all had a fine time over Christmas and are looking forward to all that 2010 has to offer :o)


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