October favourites

October is a beautiful month that I sometimes struggle to fully appreciate because I dread winter so much and October reminds me it’s coming.

After what was a lovely summer where I’ve barely needed a cardigan for months on end and we seem to have lived out of doors it was nice to feel the weight of a thick jumper again and enjoy hearty comfort food.

We have baked too and made Gingerbread autumn leaves during half term. The perfect snack to enjoy on returning from a visit to the Pumpkin patch.

We gathered Conker’s and the children enjoyed filling their pockets, and subsequently my washing machine with them. Now conkers in your washing machine are usually a nuisance but i’ve read you can use them to do your laundry so we are planning to try it with our foraged conkers. The conkers need breaking up, drying and soaking to make a detergent so it’s bit fiddly but hopfully a local grown and green alternative to washing powder and soaps.

Speaking of home produce we were gifted some quinces, they look lovely in a big wooden bowl and fill the house with their perfume.