The week has flown by here. Early starts, late nights. We had the most beautiful sunrise this morning, which I guess is one of the up sides to getting up in the dark. You get to see the sun wake each day. We're even managing to get some rain which is so needed. The garden is loving it.
The leaves on the trees might still be green, but autumn is beginning to show its face. A small hint of the change that is to come. Right now the days remain hot, but the nights are finally that little bit cooler. Just enough to add an extra blanket to the beds. Firewood is starting to play on my mind. We will have to start collecting it in the next month, so we are ready for winter. Winter clothes for the children need to be bumped up on The List as well.
Autumn is definitely my favourite season. Magical long sunsets, that seem to go on and on. Days with a warm glow, reflected off golden leaves. Windows closed earlier in the day as nights become crisp. Bedsocks and flannel pjs dug out of forgotten drawers along with a snuggly blanket and a nice warm cup of tea.
It's almost here, but not quite. We're at the in-between.
There's a hungry gap going on with the garden at the moment. It'll be a month or more before we have much that's ready to eat out there. The only thing I've got plenty of is asian greens and herbs and we are eating them everyway we can. I've even become a green smoothie person! I never thought I'd see the day. Each morning I blitz a bunch of greens up in my blender along with some fruit and a spoonful of manuka honey. Amazingly they do make you feel good!
The kitchen is an endlessly busy place. This week I've been making big batches of lunchbox goodies for the kids. Healthy muffins and mini quiches, which I cooked up in some of the novelty mini cake tins I have floating around. They've been a big hit with the kids. Teddy bear and love heart quiches? Yes please! When I do a big batch like this I just put them in the freezer. When I need them for the lunchboxes, just pull them out the night before and let them defrost in the fridge.
Also some pizza making going on. I dream of a woodfired oven to cook it in, especially on cold nights, but for now we do it on the Weber. It still comes up pretty good.