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September

Hello and welcome to what is a new thing for me, unless you count the one and only blog post that I made many years ago.

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September is in many ways a month of new beginnings, do you remember the excitement of shopping for a new pencilcase and filling it with lovely new pens and pencils, this was the only good thing about a new school term. 

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There is also the slight shift in the seasons with the nights drawing in and a slight drop in temperatures and an almost, age old feeling to start filling the store cupboard shelves with homemade produce. 

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My allotment has once again come up trumps and giving me another bumper harvest of runner and french beans, some of which have been giving to family, friends and neighbours, some have been popped into the freezer and there have also been jars of runner bean chutney made. Due to the use of turmeric in the recipe it is an unfortunate shade of yellow but it does not detract from the wonderful flavour and goes well with a good strong Cheddar and is great with quiche. 

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Over the bank holiday we walked along a canal path not far from our house and ever hopeful I took some containers with us just in case we came across blackberries and sure enough we did. The two containers were filled with the plumpest berries I've seen in a while and soon both containers were full. To add to free bounty we also stumbled across damsons, growing in the hedge, 4lbs later with my shoulder bag groaning with the weight of the damsons, we made our way home.

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I already had some cooking apples so the blackberies and apple were stewed together and after a touch of sugar added and a crumble topping, we now have some lovely Autumnal desserts in the freezer, ready to be eaten in the depths of Winter.

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The gathered damsons will also become chutney, I had considered making jam but we are more of a savoury household than sweet. I just need to consult my recipe and go shopping to get extra cooking apples and dates and then its all systems go. Some of the jars will be for presents at Yule/Christmas along with other homemade goodies.

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Last year I bought a knitting kit from Lucy at www.lucylocketland.co.uk but I'm only now getting to grips with it. It's a pair of fingerless mitts with a striking sunflower design. I was hoping to get them finished for this coming winter but I don't think that will happen! if you're after some lovely yarn and kits pop along to the website, Lucy can also be found on the usual social media sites.

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Talking of kits I have finally decided to offer kits based on the little houses that I used to make. There is still a lot of work to do as they are just in the planning stage but hopefully it's something that will be of interest.

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I had so wanted to add some photos to this post but I'm really struggling to size them and upload them. This 61 year old technophobe isn't the best at technology so please bear with me whilst I sort myself out. Give me a recipe, knitting or dressmaking pattern and I'm more than happy but technology just leaves me cold ...

Many thanks for perservering with my first proper post,

Debra

 

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  1. Lucy

    Lovely Read

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