Autumn - a reason to celebrate

Monday, September 03, 2007

Posted by Amanda at Little Foodies

I love Autumn in England and everything it has to offer. The nights start to draw in, the leaves on the trees start to change colour and the foods available change to resemble the warmer, comforting foods that we want in the colder months. Although Autumn hasn't officially begun I always feel that it starts on 1st September.

There's always something to celebrate in Autumn - Diwali, Guy Fawkes, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Harvest Festival and if you're anything like us in this household you'll embrace and celebrate them all.

The thing I love most is getting active and outside as much as we possibly can before it really gets cold. This time last year we were picking blackberries and sloes in the fields and hedgerows near where we live. We made sloe gin which we gave as presents to grown ups for Christmas and with the blackberries we made a whole host of things including jam, apple and blackberry crumble, hot sauce for ice cream and better still, we ate them raw, freshly picked.

If you look carefully you can just about make me out picking sloes as the boys made their way towards me.

We only recently finished the last of the blackberry jam. There really is nothing like spreading your own homemade jam on toast, especially if it's coupled with fond memories of a family walk picking the fruit before you made it.

I'll pop back later and add a recipe for blackberries, for now we have to go shopping, and quickly as they close in less than an hour and a half... Too busy enjoying the Summer Holidays, Autumn snuck up on me there and school starts tomorrow. Can't have them going back without new shoes.

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This Post was written by Amanda from Little Foodies


Yes, once SEptember hits here it feels like fall. There's that nip in the air.

Scribbit said...
September 3, 2007 at 8:25:00 PM GMT+2  

Funny... on Sep 1st, my husband called when I was visiting my parents and said... the weather's changing... you can tell now that winter's round the corner.

Autumn and Spring are lovely... nice post!

Raaga said...
September 4, 2007 at 4:29:00 AM GMT+2  

I love autumn! It brings back memories of strolls in the vineyards and delicious nuts, berries and grapes hanging from every bush and tree.
Here in Sweden, it hits in the last week of August with a cold saying "you've had enough summer now". It feels weird... but I am determined to enjoy it, even if I do need three times as many layers to wear suddenly!

jokergirl said...
September 4, 2007 at 7:46:00 AM GMT+2  

I have very mixed feelings about Autumn. I am a summer girl and now there is a nip in the air, which tells me the colder weather is not far. It makes me feel a bit melancholic! I love tank tops, shorts, and flip flops. Today I came down with my boots complaining that it's too early to take these out!!!

however, I do love the colors autumn presents and also the harvests of different produce etc. So that's why mixed feelings!

Meeta said...
September 4, 2007 at 7:54:00 AM GMT+2  

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