I LOVE all of your responses. It just adds to it when other people appreciate the things you do and see the beauty in it. I noticed recently that the screaming swifts have gone already. They zoom over the house and garden screeching at each other whilst catching insects and it yells SUMMER. You can tell if we are in a high pressure or low pressure weather system by the height that they fly at because that's where the insects have gone. They've been replaced by Bats and a Tawny Owl. The owl pair Ke-wit and Wooo at each other all night.
I love seeing the harvests this time of year and I always make a wish on the lorries stacked with Straw Bales. They drive down the motorway and bits of straw break off and float so its like driving through a straw storm. Around here we also have Apple day. Its now that the apples are falling from the trees and are either sold to eat, or are turned into Cider, apple juice or puddings. We have an event celebrating all the different kinds of apples you can get. Its like the end of the growing year. Potato Day back in February is the start of the growing year.
Firebirdflys you are so right that the chutney is perfect for Autumn. I'm trying to stop myself eating it haha. I've made 19 jars of it and I've given 5 away already.
My current favourite make at the moment is Courgette and Lemon cake. Its a brilliant way of using up a glut of courgettes. They have grown really well this year, but I don't really like eating them as they are. So cake is perfect haha. I need to make two more tonight, and I'm adding walnuts this time.
Its funny how food does ring in the seasons. Here we have something called Parkin. Its a really dense Gingerbread made with oats and flour. It needs time to settle and let the flavours soak in so we make it 2 weeks before bonfire night. When bonfire night arrives the Parkin is sticky and sweet and the smell of ginger and cinnamon can warm anyone. Autumn is just the perfect time for being outside still, but all wrapped up and with good hot food.
I do love the other Seasons too, but Autumn is where my heart lives