Blogtober 2021 : Day 13

“All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey …”

It’s raining again today so the dog and I stayed close to home for our walk.  Our route takes us past some builders working on a house and I can imagine this constant dampness must be a nightmare for bricklaying!

Leaves of shades and brown and yellow littered on the floor.  A pair of brown boots are at the bottom of the photo for context,

There’s starting to be a little bit of colour amongst the brown on the ground but it’s still way behind what I think it would usually be like at this time of year.  I’ve heard that it’s supposed to get colder next week so we’ll see what happens then – it would be a shame to miss out on the Autumn colour!

The field where we walked today had sprouted lots of little groups of mushrooms.  I think these may be field mushrooms (at least, they look like the ones I buy from the supermarket) but I’m not about to eat them just in case I’m wrong!

A small group of white mushrooms growing in the grass.  There are rain droplets on the grass stalks. White mushrooms growing in the grass.  One of the mushrooms has fallen over showing the gills.  There are rain droplets on the grass stalks.

We walked past this barn and just as we did, a large flock of wood pigeons wheeled overhead and settled on the roof – which was already full of pigeons so there was lots of jostling and shuffling about as they all found a tile to perch on.  I hope you can see them in the photo – they did look funny all lined up like that!

A long, low, brick-built barn with a tiled roof.  The roof is made of grey tiles with ornate ridge tiles.  There is a wood pigeon sitting on each of the ridge tiles. Close up of the barn with the pigeons sitting on each of the ornate ridge tiles.

Back home, it was breakfast time.  A couple of months ago, I realised that trying to shovel breakfast as well as everything else that we do before it’s time to leave for school just wasn’t working for me so I have started having a protein shake with almond milk first thing (I drink this one) to stop me being hungry and then a “proper” breakfast when I come back from walking with the dog.

A yellow bowl of muesli and yoghurt sits on a brightly coloured placemat on a wooden table.  To the top right of the mat is a smaller version of the same mat with an orange mug of tea on it, and to the left is an empty tea pot.

Most days, I have muesli and yoghurt because that’s what I really like.  I make the yoghurt myself using Easiyo sachets and the muesli is Dorset Cereals Simply Delicious Muesli with extra nuts, seeds and sultanas added because I am not very good at remembering to eat them if they aren’t mixed in with my yoghurt and I know they’re good for me.  I’ve never been very keen on nuts (apart from pistachios for some reason) but now I can eat walnuts, almonds and brazil nuts without thinking about them as they’re part of my breakfast.  Sitting down to eat breakfast also reminds me to take my vitamins so that’s another good reason for me to do it!

I’ve remembered that I didn’t show you my Changing Staircases shawl after spending quite a bit of time on it over the weekend, so here it is.

A purple shawl on a knitting needle.  Above the shawl is a brown leather knitting belt and to the right is a pink ceramic yarn bowl containing a cake of purple yarn sitting on the knitting pattern.

It’s really hard to see how much I’ve done as it’s all bunched up on the needle but it has grown considerably and I know it will look brilliant once the blocking process has done its magic.  I’m really glad that I’ve been marking off all the sections as I’ve been going along as it’s showing me that the shawl is growing even if I can’t see it!

The Emergency Sock is now safely in the car so I’m ready for all traffic queue eventualities, and I need to get going with the Carousel socks again after the unravelling disaster.  Ah, it’s really annoying when something like that happens, isn’t it, but it’s my own fault for being a perfectionist over something that probably nobody (including me) would ever have noticed.  I will get those socks on my feet! 🙂

Right, that’s me for today!  Hope you’ve had or are having a fabulous Wednesday, I’ll see you tomorrow! xx


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10 Responses

  1. Lucy@Attic24 says:

    I also eat a late breakfast, usually between 10 and 11, and I find that suits me much better. I can do fine in the early morning with a couple of milky coffees and sometimes a banana if my tummy is grumbling. It’s a comforting thing to sit and eat a proper good healthy breakfast I think, and I love that Dorset Cereals muesli too, it’s really wholesome!
    Also, your shawl is looking fab and it’s the perfect colour for you too xxxx

    • winwickmum says:

      I think it’s probably your influence that’s led me to eating later in the morning – I used to eat my muesli first thing but later in the morning when it’s calmer is so much nicer! Thank you, I’m really looking forward to wearing my shawl 🙂 xx

    • Kath says:

      How lovely to see mushrooms! My dad was able to identify what was safe to eat but I do not have his confidence. I remember eating his finds as a child, big flat field mushrooms fried until black, they were gorgeous.
      Your shawl is very pretty, I have downloaded the pattern and have just the yarn for it in my stash, a cake of sparkly teal that has been sitting patiently waiting for the right project to come along. 😃

      • winwickmum says:

        Ooh yes, I can imagine this shawl would look gorgeous in sparkly teal! It’s not a complicated knit at all once you get going (and remember to count!) so I’m sure you’ll be wearing your shawl in no time. Those big flat mushrooms are fabulous, aren’t they – but I wouldn’t be picking them wild either! xx

  2. Charlotte says:

    Your shawl is a beautiful color. Looking forward to seeing the finished shawl. I also like to carry a small project like a sock with me. You never know when it is necessary to wait. Your breakfast looks delicious.

    • winwickmum says:

      Thank you, the shawl yarn really is a beautiful colour and it shines too, I’m really enjoying knitting it! I’m right with you about never knowing when you need to wait – I try not to leave the house without my keys, phone, sock .. 🙂 xx

  3. Ingeborg says:

    I know, I am way too late for a decent comment. But I have such a delicious recipe for a home-made (crunchy) muesli, which contains hardly any sugar, in contrast to store-bought ones:
    250 g oats + another 100 g to spread on the muesli during baking
    150 g almonds, chopped
    150 g walnuts, chopped
    150 g cashews or other nuts, chopped
    60 g linseeds
    50 g mascobado sugar, or even less
    Mix all dry ingredients, but leave out the extra 100 g oats.

    180 g apple sauce, unsweetened
    1 tblsp olive oil
    50 g „runny“ honey or maple syrup
    1 pinch of salt

    Mix the „wet“ ingredients + salt until smooth and then pour into the dry mixture. Stir everything well until no dry spots are left.
    Spread evenly on a large baking tray, it should have a flat, dense surface.
    Bake for 20 minutes at ca. 160 C, stir & turn the mixture upside down, then sprinkle the additional 100 g oats on top. Roast again for another 20 minutes. (If you like it even more roasted, stir again and leave it in the oven for another 10-20 minutes.)

    • Ingeborg says:

      Oh dear, all my paragraphs have gone after the comment was published. It’s hard to read like this. Sorry!!

      • winwickmum says:

        No, don’t worry, I’ve got it safely! This new platform has a really tight spam filter so everything gets held – I’m glad of it though, because I get way more spam here than I did on the old Blogger platform so I’m really glad the software is looking out for me (and everyone else, because NO ONE wants to read what’s in some of those spam comments! 😱 ) xx

    • winwickmum says:

      Ooh, Ingeborg, it’s never too late to comment and thank you so much for writing this out for me! It sounds amazing and I am definitely going to try it out – I’m nearly at the bottom of my muesli container and we have all the ingredients in the cupboard. I will feel very self-sufficient making my own muesli, it’s not something I’ve ever tried before! 🙂 xx

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