It is the two hour window in every afternoon in which I can have a cup of tea, catch up with emails, tend to the garden and well, have a little bit of a break, and I fear it is soon to be no more. Yes, the boy is beginning to fight his naps. It is already not a given that he will sleep come midday, despite fervently rubbing his eyes, and even asking for bed, and his quite obvious exhaustion. More and more, we have to rely on our secret weapon (Grandma, who lives next door). It is clear that his nap-times are numbered and I genuinely don't know what I'll do without them. How else will I get anything done? I love the time I have with the boy, and I know I'm genuinely very lucky to have so much of it, but sometimes - about once a day, say - I have to do other things, and unfortunately these 'other things' are very rarely things my toddler wishes to do too (and here I was thinking cleaning the bathroom was a barrel of laughs). In my head I think I was secretly hoping that we'd lose his afternoon nap ooh, the day before he started school, maybe? And yet at two and a half, I suppose he's dancing to the right rhythm, development wise. I'm the one who needs to adapt. Tips welcome.
One of my favourite dishes to cobble together in Autumn is my 'every vegetable in the cupboard' soup, a hearty and nourishing dish, perfect for these cooler days (she says, after just reading reports of an impending Indian summer).And how delightful it is to add ingredients from my own garden! I'll pop up a recipe later this week.
In the garden this week, our thoughts turned to harvest and our crop of sunny squashes and rotund pumpkins. And what a bounty it was! Roast squash, anyone? Pumpkin pie, squash curry, and well, soup? Bring on the year of squash! Lets hope we don't tire of it too quickly.
The squashes and pumpkins are now ripening on our sun-trap window sills, and when dark clouds begin to gather once more later this week we'll pack them in straw and store them in a cool dry place (our larder) to ensure they keep for as long as possible.
This week I began a love affair ... with a pair of vintage corduroy culottes! Its serious, by the way. I'll be peddling my vintage wares this November at 'Vintage Christmas at Middle Farm', on the 28th and 29th November. I'll be selling vintage clothes for kids and grown-up (yup, breaking news), as well as genuine antiques, vintage home-ware, and maybe some goodies from the garden too. Join me!