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Rambling on . . . Busy doing nothing . . .

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The wanderer returns.What have I been doing for the past week – absolutely nothing – well almost.Leisurely breakfasts. Afternoon siestas. Lots of reading.  Lots of sleep – much needed sleep.  We ambled and strolled through the days – ate some fine meals and drank good ale and enjoyed the late summer sunshine.  Nearly every day was sunny and bright with just an autumnal breeze.  No coats were worn, no waterproofs needed – perfect.  Favourite meal of the week - Sea Bass with samphire, chorizo, caramelised onions and lobster sauce.  Children in swimwear going for a paddle in the creek (who’d have thought it was the end of September)Gulls congregating in the evening sunThe estuary water flat as a millpondStarlings roosting in the riggingCloudless skiesGeese starting to gather for the winterAncient trees on the saltmarshBeautiful flint barnsThe shell museum at Glandford (no photographs allowed inside) sorry the photo is a bit skewiffThe shoreline at TitchwellMagnificent sunsetsPassing a li…

Rambling on . . . Time to Relax . . .

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At last our final break of the year has arrived.  We head off to the coast tomorrow, and to be quite frank, I feel I really need a holiday.  I have been feeling tired and weary and a little rest and recuperation is just what the doctor ordered.Time to relax and breathe in the bracing salty airLong walks across the salt marshesDropping in for a delicious pub lunch of crispy bacon, egg mayo and tomato jam sandwiches.Sitting on the quayside and watching the tide come inAnd maybe a spot of blackberry picking along the way.Oh yes – definitely time for a holiday.  The weatherman says it could be a good week – let’s hope so.As Leo Babauta says ‘It’s time to shut down’.  No computer, no household chores, no gardening – just being.  Sounds good to me.

Rambling on . . . What to do on a rainy Sunday . . .

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Make Spiced Damson Chutney of course.The recipe ‘a la Delia’ says simmer for 3 hours.6 hours later and still all the liquid hasn’t reduced.  Taking into account the raisins, and two different lots of sugar that I had to buy especially, plus 6 hours worth of electricity, surely this chutney is now into the luxury bracket – maybe I should try and sell it to Fortnum and Mason.My Mother Earth status is seriously undermined.Sloppy chutney anyone?

rambling on … nature’s bounty …

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The Turning of the Season I think the gloomy weather at the moment is affecting my mood and I am feeling ‘down in the dumps’ so I am taking a little blogging break.  But  from the sound of this post from last year I was feeling upbeat – so I thought I would share it with you again.  Just hope my blogging mojo returns soon.  Although each season has its merits, and I look forward to them all, September is one of my favourite months for observing the turning of the season.  Being fortunate enough to live in the countryside I become aware of the gradual changes.  As yet, the leaves haven't changed colour - but the hedgerows are becoming full of wonderful things to admire and gather. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better
Albert EinsteinOn the way back from the plot this morning, I stopped off at one or two places where I knew (or hoped) that there would be plenty of pickings.  I wasn't disappointed. Elderberries
Those who dwell among the beauties an…

rambling on . . . friday flowers . . . the garden in September . . . five favourite photos . . . and goodbye to the swallows . . .

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Sometimes, in a packet of bog-standard Cosmos seed, you get some little gems – like these white ones with a pink edge or the petals shaped like sea shells.  Although the Cosmos don’t seem to be as prolific as in previous years (maybe they don’t appreciate the dry summer) they are still providing plenty of late-summer colour and make a nice change from the Rudbeckia and Zinnia I have been picking from the cutting patch. The Japanese Anemones are now in full swing, I can’t remember the name of this variety, but I bought it last Autumn and kept it in a container as I had heard they would colonize the garden, but it has increased in size rapidly I may have to plant it out anyway – I think the silver buds are just as pretty as the flowers. So many variations in a packet of Rustic Dwarf Rudbeckia seed. And the California poppies just keep on doing what they do best, brightening up the veg plot.I am still harvesting produce from the veg garden, although the runner beans have almost finished.…