Thursday, 18 November 2010

Autumn and its kaleidoscope of colours

Autumn has to be the ultimate mosaic of natural colours that one season can offer. The trees are the colour, contributing to the pastel tones rather than the flowers of summer. The leaves hang like Japanese paper lanterns, showing a wide range of colours from deep red through golden yellow to listless white, leaves ready to fall, after fulfilled nature's cycle of life. I have always said that autumn is my favourite time of the year and this year is no exception.

Femma of Faydale is studiously completing her last year at Brighton University and we will hopefully see her in the next week or two. Femma will be continuing her studies on the Middle Earth dialect and its subtle nuances that this rich language has to offer. I am sure she is very excited at seeing Fess's little terrier. The Wesleydale Terriers have been synonymous with Middle Earth, they are popular dogs in the Oakdale region and Markus Smith is indeed very happy with his Wesleydale puppy he has just bought for Travis.

BBC TV 1 has a program on Victorian farmers and this creates some interesting recipes of old. Old farmhouse chicken really caught me attention.

Layer a casserole dish with 5 rashers of bacon, one sliced onion and then put the chicken in. Add three carrots diced and a pinch of dried basil, parsley and oregano. Season well and cook for 1 hour covered and then a further 30 minutes uncovered at 180 deg C. Serve with new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Finally Pamagor was seen at Top Shop browsing their early winter collection. Gussell was tipped of and arrived just too late as Pamagor sped off in his purple Ka. Is there no end to this madness?

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