Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Autumn Joy

The home where we currently reside, Alex picked for us, He viewed and accepted it before I had ever stepped foot inside, I trusted him and it paid off,  It has been perfect for us over these last three years, although it is rented we have been able to really make this house our own and have been so happy here.

A few days before we were due to move in, the previous tenant agreed to show me around, I was desperate to have a look, as he led me out back to the garden he very proudly announced that he'd planted many plants that we would be able to enjoy, including a peach tree on the lawn! How lovely I said and didn't really give it any more thought, other than gratitude. We moved in during Spring and by the end of the summer the little peach tree on the lawn had grown us a single and very beautiful . . . . . . . . . Apple! 
Ahh that probably makes more sense! I'm not sure how the man had gotten confused but I was very impressed with my tiny harvest and baked it along with some store brought apples in a crumble.

This year has been the best year yet, It's still only a small tree but by the end of this summer every branch was full, Niah and I have so enjoyed going out each day to take a look. 

Her precious little index finger would often be outstretched whilst swinging, pointing at the branches laden with juicy red apples above.

I felt very proud of our little tree and gave many thanks for its beautiful offering to us, I was filled with such joy to be able to fill a basket with fruit from my own garden. 

Autumn to me means so many wonderful things, one of which is crumble.

For my crumble I use wholemeal spelt flour, oats and Cinnamon, with honey to sweeten making it refined-sugar and gluten free.

The wonderful fragrance of Apple and Cinnamon is an Autumn classic, the house smells so Amazing during cooking.

Serving suggestion~ Best enjoyed at nap time with a big cup of tea, a silent house and cosy blankets . . . 

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Soft Autumn

Niah and I were out for a walk early this morning, through the fields, round and about the village. I am so in love with this season, at this time last year Niah was a tiny baby and I was very much in my 'new baby bubble' it felt like I missed Autumn all together, not that I minded of course! So this year it has been so lovely to re-connect. I've been able to indulge in so many of the things I love about Autumn and the best part is, I now have a Beautiful, wide eyed, companion to share it all with, full of wonder and ready to delight in everything, It's such a blessing.

If I were to try to sum up what inspires me creatively, physically, emotionally and spiritually it's all about the quiet, the understated, the subtle, the soft, and the pure, I love muted tones, and tones of tones, the slow and the peaceful. 
Autumn can at first glance feel quite bold and brash and in your face with the deep red of berries, and the flaming yellows and oranges of the turning leaves on the trees and of course it's all beautiful, mother nature is Amazing in all her manifestations but for me, the popular typical Autumn style is just a little too much,

And so It's the soft Autumn that I love . . . 

Beautiful soft tones that are so quiet they almost whisper.

I really enjoy styling the seasons within our home, bringing home treasures from our walks and creating arrangements with pale subtle hues, 

When the roses begin to fade at this time of the year to me they do not die, but are in-fact reborn with beauty a new!
 In my last post I wrote about Sow Thistle in the fields, here are the few stems I trimmed, I stripped back the yellow flowers which were a little too bright for the quiet style I Love, and just kept the soft fluffy seeds, they are so pure, so delicate and look perfect arranged in these tiny glass bottles.
It's wonderful to have enjoyed Lavender in the garden through the Summer and I always leave it there untouched as I feel that its so important for the bees and so when Autumn arrives and the bees have finished their busy work for the year, I love to bring as much Lavender as I can inside, I love the soft fade of the flower kernels along with those that have kept their colour.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, we are off for a whole week of family time spent exploring Somerset, hand in hand and baby in sling x