Sunday, 1 November 2009

Welsh cakes

November already, this is the month when I really like to snuggle in and start falling in love with home all over again. Fireside treats and simple crafts keep hands useful. Before the festive rush of December begins and we are busy for everyone else, I like to keep November just for me.

All the leaves are turning and falling from the trees, the evenings are darker and the cold draws in. Brown and sepia such perfect colour choices for this month. Reminding me of tweed blankets, hot spiced cider and beeswax on wood.

My husband and I are in a cottage in Wales surrounded by mountains this weekend, embracing Autumn in all its glory, toasting pumpkin seeds, baking potatoes and roasting chestnuts in the red hot embers of the wood burner. Carrying a flask of warm chocolate milk on our wellie booted walks. All the trees are coloured like a burst of flames orange, brown, gold and red.

32 comments:

Rose said...

welsh cakes really are the thing aren't they. The cottage looks delightful

Chelsea said...

the cottage looks oh so charming! have fun. i love hibernating in this cold weather!!

Sara said...

Beautiful! I'm oh-so-jealous, especially of the Welsh cakes. I've never found a recipe that lives up to the authentic thing!

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Jeska
Oh how lovely! Just look at your painted Welsh cottage - it is dreamy beyond imagination!
How lovely your weekend sounds and it has inspired such creative words and imagery for you - just perfect!
Enjoy enjoy!
Denise x

tam said...

Looks enchanting, and do I spy new boots!? x x

Robin said...

I like your plates.:-)

Emma Bradshaw said...

I am so jealous, we love the pink cottage so much! It is so delightful isn't it? How I wish it were mine! Emma x

She Can't Decide said...

Hi there!

I am adoring your shop and blog. Very, very lovely.

Have a happy Sunday!

OdetteO said...

Your post gave me such a sense of contentment - such beautiful, dreamy colors & so full of the sense of the season. I can practically smell the cool air and bundled herbs & the wood of the window frame.
Thanks. Perfect way to begin a morning. :)

Shokoofeh said...

Wow! What you illustrated about that cottage in my mind is just so dreamy! :) wow!

olivia rae said...

sounds like pure and utter bliss. november is my favorite month, and i can't think of any better description. xo

sammy and glenn: pachadesign said...

what a beautiful description of autumn, sounds perfect.
it also sounds very much like where we live in devon (except our mountains are just hills, but still very lovely).

great pictures too.

sammy & glenn
pachadesign

{lovely little things} said...

Roasting chestnuts at a cottage in Wales, sounds wonderful. Have a lovely time!

countrymummy said...

Enjoy your holiday - sounds blissful and those snacks look delicious. I think this year's autumn has been the most gorgeous for a while, sunshine through copper/chestnut leaves is so warming. I have been clearing allotment and garden today and in between showers - not exactly a holiday but a good blast of autumnal air all the same....

holly aka golly said...

Sounds divine! Looks scrumptious!

Caylee said...

these pictures are amazing; they make me feel cozy just looking at them! wonderful description as well!

Megara said...

hi! i just found your blog, and looking through i think it is a very cool blend of your life and design stuff - i'll definitely keep reading!
xo Meg

Eliane Zimmermann said...

those lovely bunches of herbal greenery are gorgeous!

kelly said...

oh it looks so good! what a perfect way to start november surrounded by such colours and sights. have a lovely time! Xx

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh my! That truly sounds so delightful.. everything looks amazing! I think I need to jump a plane to Wales right now.
Sophie x

nadia said...

this is a dream! what are the gorgeous bundles?

carole said...

looks delightful - have a fun week!

Alexis said...

I discovered your blog and was intrigued because the title reminded me of one of my blogs "the Lunatic and the Swan". Great minds think alike! Except yours is more seafood and mine is more madness. :-) Great work!

kelly(simplyworn.etsy) said...

I just found your blog and like it alot. Very homey and yummy photos. I'll keep coming back.
kelly(simplyworn.etsy)

Helena said...

Are those bundles of lavender and...cedarwood? I need something like that (damn silverfish!) and those are so pretty.

Suzie Button said...

Hi there, I'm new to your blog and just so enjoyed your description of your Fall adventure! Thanks for bringing me "into the moment"! Suzie

Stephanie said...

oh how wonderful to be toasting pumpkin seeds, baking potatoes and roasting chestnuts. That is what autumn is all about...being warm by the fire, the smell of good food and cuddling with the one we love.

Hope your weekend at the cottage was lovely!

Conversation Pieces said...

Loves so lovely and snuggly :) I want a welsh tea cake now!

Signorina Svizzera said...

the food looks so yummy and warming! and a flask of hot chocolate? could anything be better?

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that skirt or dress, white with the clumps of flowers, and the way you have it styled. LOVE IT! I'm told I'm somewhat Welsh.

*gemmifer* said...

So lovely (the cottage and woodland) and so lucky (you and your hubby)! I am so jealous that you are having what is my dream autumn experience. Enjoy!

leonie said...

i do love coming to visit you here. your photos, words, adventures - all make me sigh and dream of our next adventures.

{i am secretly hoping to come and visit you some day - well not so secretly any more!}

thanks for reminding me about under the thatch. i had it bookmarked for somewhere for us to book a wee place through and now i'm all inspired to make it happen.

happy autumn to you