The last of the pumpkins are now in the polytunnel drying off and all that remains to be picked in the veggie beds is spinach, which I collect as and when I need it. I have sown winter lettuce in the polytunnel, but have yet to see any seed leaves. Yesterday, I made spiced red cabbage. I cook the red cabbage with onions, apples, sultanas, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. I just love it, especially reheated the next day when the flavours seem even better. With fried or oven-cooked pork sausages and butter-mashed potato it's just scrumptious.
The little fish who were born in October in my aquarium are now swimming freely without their parents repelling other interested neighbours. This is a photograph of father Kribensis.
They have now taken on the appearance of their parents, Kribensis, and are about an inch long. I have a Gourami who is looking very fat and I'm wondering if she too is going to have babies - it's all very exciting.
We had our first sprinkling of snow here yesterday, but it was followed immediately by sunshine and didn't last at all. It was very frosty here this morning and I had to change the bird water on their table for some without an ice covering. The sky is blue with white puffy clouds and the sun is really bright out there, but the temperature is deceptively low when I opened the door to friends just after lunch. In Cornwall, where my children live, there has been more snow and it did settle. The forecast is colder and more snow expected tomorrow, Saturday, and nothing warmer for a weeks at least. Brrrr!
The first of my Christmas group lunches is on Friday next week, followed by the Bowls club lunch the next day. It hardly seems possible that Christmas is less than a month away now. Where does the time go to?