Is it me or has September felt like a very short month? Nights are getting colder and there’s a definite chill in the air each morning. We got talking to couple on a walk today who told us that Autumn has officially arrived, marked by the Autumn equinox on the 22nd September. Happy days.
Eating & drinking
- Homemade focaccia using this River Cottage recipe
- Mango lassi (so good!)
- Choco Leibniz
- Homemade soda bread
- Blackberry porridge
- Pukka Love herbal tea (chamomile, rose and lavender). Every time I drink a cup it reminds me of our amazing holiday in Bergen <3
- Einstök Icelandic white ale
- Homemade granola with greek yogurt
^ We have a new BBQ (gas powered). Scott is now officially a proper man!
Finding things to bring home from Autumn walks. The sea pods above and the berries below are some of my favourites.
Work on my 100 days of nature project has been slow. Other things have taken priority this month so I haven’t produced a drawing every day. I still plan to complete the project but it will take me longer than planned.
I’ve also been working on some Christmas illustrations — getting your head into a festive mindset is hard when it’s still warm outside. They’ll be uploaded next month so keep your eyes peeled.
- Transparent series 3. A comedy about a man who transitions into a woman.
- National Treasure. A new drama series starring Robbie Coltrane.
Forest trails near the house — one of the reasons I love living here. I got lost last week but it worked out well in the end because I discovered a new walking route.
Scott and I headed to Brighton this month. He had a things to do for work so I kept myself amused for a few hours. One of my favourite things to do in Brighton is look around the junk shops! After lusting over lots of items I couldn’t get home on the train, I stopped by YAK (wool shop), Infinity Foods and the beach. That evening we had a scrummy meal at the Curry Leaf Cafe.
^ Always nature hunting, even in cities!
We’re both looking forward to spending the next few weeks at home; Scott has been away for most of the month and we’ve had quite a bit to do in-between. Our plan is to get rested in time for our honeymoon in a few weeks time *excited face*. We’ve got lots of outdoorsy stuff on our list!
I’m happy because I finally have an appointment with a specialist about my arm pain! After seeing my doctor I waited 2 weeks for the musculoskeletal department to confirm an appointment date — which was 8 weeks away. Ooof. I was sorting through photos last night and I stumbled across this one of my arm a few days after I hurt it. Although I get frustrated I still have a dicky arm, this is a good reminder of how much healing has happened.
Last month I started using a Dermatix silicone sheet on my hip and its really helped flatten the keloid scar. I use tape around the edges to stop them curling up when I wear anything with a waistband.
The outdoor growing season may be coming to an end but you can still grow indoors. I follow the @1handedgardener on Instagram and he uploaded a video about growing ginger from a supermarket ginger root. I started three buds in the garden; two were hollowed out by slugs, the third one survived. This is what it looks like now! It’s currently about 40cm tall.
That’s all for September!