flavours of autumn

I love the foods of autumn, with fresh apples and cider, squashes, and the desire to turn on the oven! I really miss having easy weekly access to the best green market and I’m doing what I can to still eat affordable and locally grown foods. It’s a challenge that I’m working on.

This morning I woke to find three bananas perfect so of course I made banana bread. YUM!

What are your favourite foods when the leaves turn golden and fall?

happy leaf season!


On Sunday after a quick day trip up to Rhinebeck, we’ll get out the rakes and begin.

Shadow and Buddy love watching the leaves fall and the squirrels run around putting their finds into storage. This morning Buddy went for his annual well cat visit. He’s a very healthy young boy and was VERY vocal about the indignity of being enclosed in the cat carrier. He is normally very quiet and rarely meows much. He started yowling the moment we zipped it up, the entire visit with the vet, and the entire ride home, all told about an hour of chatting. I guess he saved it all up for the car ride!


The foster kittens are feeling better and we’re discovering more about their personalities as they learn that seeing me doesn’t always mean another dose of medicine. The grey tabby girl is bold and curious, the black and white girl is a little more cautious but loves to be petted, and the little black one is catching up in size with her sisters and is shy but wants to do what her grey bold sister does. Yesterday was the first time they voluntarily considered my lap as a nice place to hang out.

waiting with naps

napping kitten snores

Buddy sleeps

and Shadow waits to see if
acorns bounce or not
but outside a new show starts

Shadow Watches and Waits

a squirrel with autumn smarts.


thoughts on october

on octoberO hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
~ October by Robert Frost

on october on october

Dear Autumn,

This year, I’m ready for you.

The Leaf Eater should make composting a bit more streamlined and make moving the piles of leaves easier. I’ll try to provide feedback once we use it. I’m also looking into a chipper.