Thursday, 17 November 2011

The glorious colours of Autumn

I must admit that this time of year is my favourite time - I know that most of the flowers have died back and much of the vegetables and fruit have been harvested- and hopefully eaten- but there is something special about the cold frosty mornings, amazing colours from the changing leaves and that indescribable smell you get in the dark evenings of woodsmoke, earth and cold air!

This was epitomised for our family over the half term week as we went to a cottage in the Lake District - a place I had never been to before and can’t wait to return to. We had a fantastic week walking in Grizedale Forest, Tarn Hows, Coniston and Windermere and even my two boys (aged 11 and 14) were enthusiastic each day as we set out to discover new landscapes and gorgeous pub food. Our Golden Labrador thought he had died and gone to doggy heaven with all those long walks!

Being away, however meant that the tidy up in the garden was put off for (another) week so I had to organise myself when I got home by raking leaves and putting them at the bottom of the garden next to the compost heap. I didn’t put them on the compost heap as keeping them separate means that the most amazing leaf mould will be created next year and can then go back on the soil. Weeding seems easier at this time of year as it is clearer to see the weeds among the plants and I have made a point this week of picking many herbs from the herb garden - namely parsley, oregano, thyme and sage and freezing them as they will be killed off after the first frosts and this way I get to use them during the winter!

The darker evenings mean less time in the garden these days but more opportunities to light the wood burner, sit back and make plans for my garden next year by looking through all the gardening catalogues that seem to have dropped on to my doorstop this week.

I leave you this month with some photographs of our trip to the Lakes which I hope you will like.

-- Jane Dubinski

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