It's hard to know what to say when you've taken an unintentional two-month-plus blog break. How do you jump back in? Do you apologize? Do you explain? Do you just reappear? I think I'll go with the third option but give a brief explanation: I was just plain busy! At least once a week I thought about my poor neglected blog, but everything else crowded it out. I don't know if I'll do any better now, but I will try.
After a week of clouds, the sunshine was very welcome. The morning sun held warmth and brightness.
We had our first freeze near the end of October and I thought my flowers were done for. They were, except not all the geraniums in the barrels near the house got nipped, and they continued to bloom. But another hard freeze was on the horizon about a week later, so I gathered all the blossoms that remained and put them in a vase on the kitchen windowsill where they are blooming still. From here on out it's store-bought flowers for us until spring.
My birthday dessert, which we shared, from the local French bakery. So rich and gooooood!
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English food gets a bad rap. I can say that with authority now that I've taste-tested a variety of authentic English foods. In fact, the only bad English food we had the entire two weeks we were there was the pasta we ordered at an "American Italian restaurant." Dave and I had cornish pasties on the train between London and Cambridge that were absolutely delicious! And this was just train food! In September, I decided to try my hand at making my own pasties. They were a respectable first attempt, but I hope to refine my recipe and technique over the winter months. They don't look too bad, do they?
|Again, bad lighting . . .|