Wednesday, 11 November 2009

The seasons while away

I've been so busy with university exams, parental birthdays and all manners of stuff that my updating here has been non-existant. The whole autumn has passed! I finally finished sorting our pictures from the trip to the US this summer and it feels like just moment ago that we were sitting in this café on Block Island (off the coast of Rhode Island), eating Ben & Jerry's in the sweltering 30 degree heat:

Autumn started the first week of October - a bit late for Sweden. It was as if someone snapped their fingers and lowered the temperature by 10-15 degrees. October was crisp and beautiful and the autumn foliage was pretty for several weeks. Here's a tree on our street:

With November, gusty winds blew away the last of the yellowing leaves and the regular Thursday sweeping (and later on ploughing) of the street began. Just as October was as autumnal as autumn could ever be, November is as grey as always. We haven't seen the sun for nearly two weeks as a seemingly impregnable cover of cloud hangs damply over Stockholm. But I make the most of it and write, draw and stitch. And on days like these when I'm feeling at my most house-wifey, I like to have something hearty cooking for when my man comes in from the cold and rain. These are my ingredients, I hope it turns out well:

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