Long though it may have been, the days are shortening and the summer is drawing to a close. We haven't given up on the idea of more warm days and dazzling sunsets, but the laundry went on the line today more in hope than expectation
But Autumn is a bountiful season, the schools will re-open soon and there will be Harvest Festivals to celebrate what has been gathered in.
Our apple trees are laden and the first blowy blasts of autumn have littered the lawn with windfalls.
And the kitchen beckons.
There may yet be some salads, though I am erring towards the warm salads, but thoughts are turning to soups, stews and crumbles.
This is a frying pan full of buttery apples, fragrant with chopped sage and sweetened with maple syrup. They are going to form the bottom layer of some sausage rolls, cooked on a heavy duty baking sheet to be eaten with roast potatoes, carrots and puddles of onion gravy.
A taste of the season, a taste of things to come..............
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