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Summer Makes Way For Autumn

Looks Like Cocoa Sprinkled Meringue, Rocking Dog

Looks Like Cocoa Sprinkled Meringue

Summer seems to be making way for autumn. With the mix of rain and warmth there is a plethora of fungi in the hood. I would dearly love to do some foraging with old Bear Grylls, wouldn’t we all! Knowing what mushrooms are safe to eat, and ones that shouldn’t under any circumstances  be tossed in a pan would be supremely useful. I did make a tart last week which incorporated fresh shop bought mushrooms, porcini and smoked bacon. A tart doesn’t need to be sloppily eggy!

Mushrooms abound in the field, on fallen trees and on leaf covered tracks. Yesterday morning I took Real Live Rocking Dog on our favourite daily trek and got quite a fright. I spied what I thought was a small skull perched on a dry stone wall. On closer inspection and after a poke of confirmation with my “Wicked” brolly, it turned out to be a very ugly fungi. Phew!

A little later along the walk I narrowly missed a squirrel jumping into my hair. I really must book a hair appointment! Nearing home a pair of deer on hearing my footsteps sprung across the path and in the brook a heron patiently waited for a passing fish. Most walks really aren’t this eventful.

At home we are fortunate to have a Horse Chestnut tree in the garden. I love the tree, the sticky buds, the candle like blossoms and now the conker harvest. Unfortunately the squirrels love the conker harvest too and there are sparse pickings for the lovely little boy next door. Sorry Noah.

This is the time of year I like to create a nature table. It reminds me of the one we used to have year round at school. Beech masts, Old Man’s Beard, rose hips, conkers, sweet chestnuts, haws, acorns and oak apples would invariably put in an appearance as autumn beckoned.

In Zara one or two garments sport embroidered harvests. I loved the appliqué but sadly not the style of the clothes. Boo hoo!

I smelt our neighbours’ wood smoke last night and I couldn’t resist lighting the wood burning stove, the first of the season. Real Live Rocking Dog was adoring the cosiness. He purred contentedly like a cat!

Happy Autumn!

Ugly Fungi!, Rocking Dog

Ugly Fungi!

Fantastical Fungi, Rocking Dog

Fantastical Fungi

Fungi In A Tart, Rocking Dog

Fungi In A Tart

Sweet Chestnut Bounty, Rocking Dog

Sweet Chestnut Bounty

Favourite Daily Trek, Rocking Dog

Favourite Daily Trek

Seed Heads, Rocking Dog

Seed Heads

Autumn's Harvest, Rocking Dog

Autumn’s Harvest

Zara's Harvest, Rocking Dog

Zara’s Harvest

Log Pile At The Kennel, Rocking Dog

Log Pile At The Kennel

Little Projects For The Week

 Vintage Buttons For Embellishing, Rocking Dog

Vintage Buttons For Embellishing

In amongst various admin’ tasks for Andyman, chores, house guests and muddy dog walks I have some little projects for the week!

I feel I am on the sort of home run with the quilt, with stitching in the ditch completed, borders cut and the backing on the horizon. I am looking forward to sewing on all those vintage buttons whilst nestled beside the fiery wood burner, watching something good.

A rather coveted selection of vintage buttons are also going to be neatly sewn in place. Whilst doing last minute Christmas shopping I spotted a sumptuous Ghost velvet jacket which I loved. Alas, it was hideously expensive. January 2016 beckoned, and I found the said same jacket with a seriously reduced price tag….. It was meant to be! I have decided to make it “mine” by adding a collection of buttons. The trove has been carefully stashed away for years, awaiting their star moment to adorn something gorgeous. Therefore blingy paste, carved Mother of Pearl and Art Nouveau gilt will proudly adorn this timeless garment.

Rather less glamorously a new cover for Real Live Rocking Dogs’s bed needs to be made. An ageing Designer’s Guild remnant from Material Mountain will fit the bill. Given the choice that naughty dog would much rather snuggle up on (or even better in) our bed!

If not a little overly ambitious already, there are some seriously huge red lanterns to de-Christmas! Bought in the clearance section of TK Maxx for £13 each, they will be repainted in chalky white and grace the wedding tipi at the boys wedding in May.

It’s lovely to have some little projects to get my teeth stuck into, now let me see now which one do I tackle first!

Naughty Real Live Rocking Dog, Rocking Dog

Naughty Real Live Rocking Dog

A Dog Bed To Re-cover, Rocking Dog

A Dog Bed To Re-cover

On The Home Run With The Quilt, Rocking Dog

On The Home Run With The Quilt

De-Christmasing The Lanterns, Rocking Dog

De-Christmasing The Lanterns