We enjoyed our first flourish of mushrooms, they inundated us for a week or so then vanished! Charlie says they’ll pop up again as it’s only early in their season. Hopefully they do as wandering around our very own paddocks (and yes I still pinch myself when I say that!) collecting a basket full of fresh field mushrooms for breakfast with my hubby and my son was one the best Sunday mornings here so far.
What beautiful days Autumn gifts us with, foggy crisp mornings and warm golden afternoons. I just can’t tell you how beautiful the hills look now, my photos really don’t do it justice. They are blanketed in a gorgeous shade of lime green as the fresh new grass grows thanks to the sun-rain-sun autumn weather. If you pick out the bright mid blue in a pack of coloured pencils, you could draw the sky, it’s been picture perfect. The morning sky has been peachy oranges and as the sun drops in the late afternoon it usually turns a soft pastel dusky pink.
The fire has been roaring through the chilly evenings and keeping us toasty warm. The weekends are full but we are making sure to squeeze in our craft/sanity time. This lovely long weekend just gone I finally took my weaving off the loom. It’s been finished and waiting for its freedom hanging, for over a year – maybe even a year and half. So slack! Of course I couldn’t string up (or warp for you weavers) the loom quick enough to have another go. I’ve had this idea floating around my head since we’ve been here, of trying to capture the vibe of our rolling green hills into a weaving. I’ll let you know how I go, could be a year or two! Some craft happens quickly, other craft takes forever.
Just like sometimes things work out perfect, yet other times there’s epic fails. I had a big fail on my first attempt at Crabapple Jelly recently. Admittedly I didn’t use crabapples so there be my first error I suppose. And I’m a bit loose on following recipes to say the least. I won’t bore you with the other stuff ups I made like not measuring how much water I used to cover the apples, therefore ending up with twice as much as liquid as I should have for the weight of apples etc etc. I did enjoy a glorious afternoon of ignorance as I photographed my pretty little jars of blush coloured jelly before I realised they were still very liquidy after many hours and not jelly like at all. They were a little cloudy despite me being super careful not to squash the pulp and allowing it to drain overnight, but I was ok with that as it was my first time making it after all. I lived in hope overnight, thinking maybe by morning they’ll be set. Um no, this soft pink apple syrup would not become jelly no matter how long I waited and how hard I wished. So, with my make lemon curd when life gives you lemons attitude, I dug out the ice-cream maker and turned my flop into a delicious sweet and tart apple sorbet. I even popped some stewed rhubarb in a batch and made an apple and rhubarb sorbet. Quite the tasty failure. Not what I had planned, but then life’s like that isn’t it?
May your kitchen flops reincarnate as something tasty too x
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This was so fun to read! I really loved the title, it was intriguing, and the photos are delightful. Great job!
thank you so much!
Your photos are stunning! Where you live is stunning! What a beautiful life you have carved out for yourself. My husband picked mushrooms from our backyard last weekend and we had them with our breakfast. I loved the idea of it, but was a bit paranoid that we were all going to die from poison mushrooms! But alas, I am here to tell the tale! I love your creative response to the apple jelly. Good thing you photographed them before they became jelly, it made a for lovely shot!
Thanks Collette! Yes we are absolutely loving where we live, and still can’t quite believe we made a leap! The Apple sorbet was a hit for sure – much nicer than non-set apple jelly 🙂
Do you know my hubby did a mushroom workshop with Rohan Anderson from Whole Larder Love a couple of years back and it has really given him the confidence to pick mushrooms safely, (and me the confidence to eat them!) He had a great day picking unusual varieties and learning a couple of key mantras like ‘white gills kills’… Rohan is actually running another workshop soon and I would highly recommend it if you are keen to go mushrooming more often… (http://wholelarderlove.com/shop/edible-forest-mushroom-hunt-may22nd) .
Oh wow. I might look in to that for my husband. It’s his birthday in a couple of weeks. I’ve thought about one of his workshops – but then… just forgot about them. So will have a look thanks.
Oh terrific! Charlie had a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed it, he met some lovely people and loved the big mushy feast Ro cooked up after the hunt. Makes for a great pressie, and possibly life saving one too 🙂