Well hello there Autumn.
Being on the opposite side of the world for an extended time to where I've lived in my entire life, the topsy turvy seasons have me dazed just a little. I mean how do you ever get used to a 9.30pm sunset? Or being invited to moonlight cinema in August? Hydrangeas popping up in June? Madness.
Summer was a bit of a strange one this year, for these obvious reasons and more. I can't say that it didn't get hot here, but I missed the HEAT. The endless kind that makes sleeping impossible, long sleeves or jeans unfathomable, and slushies a requirement. The kind that makes you crave winter. In many ways the last few months have felt like a drawn out spring and my body is still waiting for the main event to happen.
One thing that I definitely can't complain about, was the bumper season of produce we got this summer. A bounty I just can't bear to part with. Freezing, preserving, drying and generally hoarding the products of fleeting seasons are steadily becoming my jam. Rummage through my shelves and you will find dried elderflowers, frozen veggies, leaves drying between glass panes on the wall. Not to mention my soft spot for a homemade jam and the fact that I can't walk past a rosemary bush without nicking a twig to dry.
In this vain, the edible flowers in our communal garden have been crying out to me for weeks and, as their numbers started to dwindle, I decided to hang on to a few late bloomers should some cheer be required in the colder months. Between the pages of a hardback, I've pressed some nasturtium, pansies and lobelias. Keep an eye out for an unseasonably floral creation (like this?) in the next few months!
Speaking of the next few months, I'm actually really looking forward to winter. In fact, we are planning a snowy Christmas in Scotland to ensure we get the full experience. I think it's exactly what's in order to calibrate this Southern Hemispheric brain of mine. I mean, when hasn't hot chocolate made everything better?