Thursday, September 16, 2010

The place to be



I can feel it on the wind, I can inhale its scent underfoot. Autumn is in full swing and at last I am ready to embrace the new season, the one I privately think of as The Knitter's Season. The sun sinks lower in the sky almost daily and tinges the changing colours of the landscape with every shade of warm gold to russet.



My daily dog walks are such a joy at this time of year, the ground soft and mossy beneath our feet, the slight crispness in the air, the thought of warm coffee on arriving back home and the welcoming smell of a stew in the oven.



I browse Ravelry in the evenings, my appetite for knitting re-invigorated, my head full of sweaters, my hands busy.

And my kitchen. Oh how I love my kitchen in Autumn, surely the place to be. I have been baking and baking, perhaps a little inspired by the strangely compulsive viewing of The Great British Bake Off. Victoria Sponge, Lemon Drizzle, Chocolate Chip Cookies and a rather fancy sort of Raspberry Cake. I have loved every moment, the smell of a cake rising in the oven, mmmm.



And of course it is preserving season. I love to jam and pickle, seeing the filled jars line the pantry gives one such a very wonderful feeling of smug domesticity. This week Damsons are the order of each day, the tree has outshone itself once more and I cannot bear to waste the crop, I have been picking great bowlfuls and after admiring their deeply coloured beauty I stand stirring and simmering, skimming the stones, my frozen saucer to the side; anxiously waiting for the exact moment of the "set".



Thank you Autumn, I resisted your charms as long as I could but I am all ready for you now, bring it on.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Elizabeth said...

My favourite plums, the only ones worth eating!

Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:29:00 pm  
Blogger cathleen said...

What a lovely cozy post. I can smell autumn by just reading all your nesting activities. Such a writing talent you have. And I would love to be in your kitchen right now!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:46:00 pm  
Blogger Tabiboo said...

A season to embrace and enjoy all that she throws at us - bring it on indeed.

take care,

Nina xxx

Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:50:00 pm  
Blogger debbie said...

This post sounds so much like what I have been doing for the last week, knitting and baking, though nothing as lovely as your raspberry cake. YUM.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:55:00 pm  
Blogger kristina said...

So impressed with your jam making, and that is one amazing cake! I've been completely addicted to the Great British Bake Off, too. I got back to the UK just in time to catch up on the iplayer--hooray!

K x

Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:58:00 pm  
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Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:58:00 pm  
Blogger dottycookie said...

Psssst - if you have any left over, damson gin's a rather lovely way to use them up.

My damson jam set a bit hard - need to make some more!

Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:42:00 pm  
Blogger martha said...

I really love your autumn posts - perhaps because I could be writing the same thing. Lovely lovely lovely.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:17:00 pm  
Blogger Cyb√®le said...

You know what? I think autumn started too early this year. It was such a lovely summer and then it all changed in August and we never got those glorious days we sometimes get in late summer. No wonder it took you longer to embrace autumn.
Both Yarn Forward and The Knitter have some lovely autumn knits this month too.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:28:00 pm  
Blogger Country Girl said...

Definately a knitting and baking season! My dog has noticed the cooler evenings and slept on my lap yesterday evening - she never does that in the summer.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 7:28:00 pm  
Blogger Jane said...

I wish I had the time to be appreciating the season too. but work is getting in the way! Jane x

Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:00:00 pm  
Blogger Jane said...

I wish I had the time to be appreciating the season too. but work is getting in the way! Jane x

Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:00:00 pm  
Blogger Jane said...

I so need to bake something, but I've been so busy playing catch-up. Hopefully, tomorrow. That cake looks delicious!

Friday, September 17, 2010 12:54:00 am  
Blogger rachel said...

My sentiments exactly! I'm going off to collect crab apples today for herbed jelly. But I haven't seen damsons anywhere so far.

Such a fabulous time of year - the best for putting you in touch with nature!

Friday, September 17, 2010 8:30:00 am  
Blogger Ali said...

The Knitter's Season indeed! What a lovely phrase.

Friday, September 17, 2010 9:17:00 am  
Blogger Ali said...

Autumn is my favourite time of year...on a par with winter, I just love it, I am in my element in the colder months :)
That cake looks just amazing, how lucky the person who got to lick the spoon from the icing bowl was!
Ali
x

Friday, September 17, 2010 7:03:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for drpping in to Planet Penny to say hello! I love this warm and cosy post and your cake sensational. I've had a chortle over the butter stealing dog. I know Higgins woukd be exactly the same if his legs were longer! Penny x

Saturday, September 18, 2010 7:39:00 am  
Anonymous Planet Penny said...

Thank you for drpping in to Planet Penny to say hello! I love this warm and cosy post and your cake sensational. I've had a chortle over the butter stealing dog. I know Higgins woukd be exactly the same if his legs were longer! Penny x

Saturday, September 18, 2010 7:41:00 am  
Blogger silfert said...

Note to self: drooling on the keyboard is bad for the computer. Sit back when reading posts about jam and baking.

Monday, September 20, 2010 5:57:00 pm  
Blogger Helen Philipps said...

This is my first visit to your lovely blog and I've really enjoyed it. Such a cosy autumn post, I loved the blue plum pictures and the fabulous cake!
Helen x

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 4:01:00 pm  
Blogger raining sheep said...

You are making all excited about autumn. We have had a bit of snow already... it has been cold. Supposedly will be more tolerable this weekend. I too have picked up my granny square blanket again and feel pretty excited about finishing it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 3:09:00 am  
Blogger MOONSTITCHES said...

What a beautiful posting, Rebecca.
I love autumn, too, and the temperatures here dropped exactly the first day of fall - perfect!
Do enjoy all the pickling and making jam!

Friday, September 24, 2010 4:31:00 pm  

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