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Autumn Bounty continued

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Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather chestnuts

DSCF4418There has been a lot going on in the woods and hedgerows of my part of England this year owing to the beautiful Summer we enjoyed.   The latest  bounty for harvesting from the wild has been the sweet  chestnuts pictured here. Although a bit smaller then the ones on the supermarket, they are actually a size worth picking up this year – sorry squirrels but I think there were plenty left.

 

Equally beautiful but I assume not edible….

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Spotted in the woods this morning along with lots of not so pretty relatives. Unbelievably bright colours!

 

Green tomato chutney

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Looks pretty horrible but hopefully will taste good although it is not really for me as I am not a chutney fan.

 

What have I made this month?

 

I have been finishing things for Christmas presents this month including a double bed size ripple blanket which has been nice and snuggly to work under in t e evenings.

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I have also made a star ripple for the first (but not last) time. This was fun to make and grew quickly. I think it will be a cool baby blanket.

 

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Completed man socks. That makes four pairs made this year – one for me and three for presents. Wish I could make them a bit quicker 🙂

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I also returned to the sewing machine after a long break. I haven’t got much money at present but I do have a large stash of fabric so I made myself a cheerful crazy bag and even made the button from Fimo which is my newest hobby. I love it when I get a fusion of crafts such as beading with quilting, and polymer clay with sewing.

 

The pattern for the bag was one I found online here: http://mypatchwork.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/tote-bag-tutorial  – thank you for sharing it.

 

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I have realised that I have worked with a pretty limited colour palette for some years – nearly always drawn to pinks, purples, greys on the whole. My next project is one from Lucy at Attic24 and I am shamelessly going to use her colour choices for the Coastal Ripple blanket to force myself to use blues more. Check it out on her blog at Attic24. Here is a preview picture complete in its cute drawstring bag from Wool Warehouse. Admittedly I didn’t really need to buy the kit but is no dearer than buying the yarn separately and it is nice to have the pattern even though I know if off by heart now. I don’t think this one will take long to complete so watch this space.

 

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Well that’s all folks! Next post will see us deep into Winter and almost at Christmas so see you later x

 

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Autumn bounty

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Well it is definitely Autumn although we have been blessed with a lot more sunshine than normal. This is reflected in the hedgerows with their wonderfully bounty this year. I wonder if the ‘Old Wives’ are right about it being a tough Winter if the berries are abundant in Autumn?

I have done a fair bit of foraging in the last few weeks and have brought home bags of blackberries, sloes, elderberries and even some damsons and what I think are cooking apples.

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I have already got two demijohns of blackberry and elderberry wine bubbling away and have high hopes for them

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I am also planning to make my sloe gin soon and no doubt a lot of crumbles/pies with the apples, Maybe I could try a wine made from damsons and apples (didn’t take a pic of the damsons before bunging them in the freezer.

It has been a much better gardening year than normal and for the first time in four years, my tomatoes did not get blight and I managed to grow outdoor cucumbers.

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 I also have a physalis (Inca Berry) plant in the mini greenhouse which has  produced some cute little lanterns with fruit inside. The basil plant which has been  my joy this Summer is still going strong but I suppose I will have to freeze the leaves  soon before they give up for Winter. 

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Ziggy dog and the family have enjoyed some lovely picnics and walks in our glorious Devon scenery this Summer and we hope for lots more if this beautiful ‘Indian Summer’ continues.  These snaps were taken around the Dewerstone – check it out here  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356404139583/

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That is all for now. Will be back to update on the progress of the home brew and what became of the apples and sloes.