Yesterday was spent dodging the rain. One minute there was sunshine and a relative warmth and the next, well look at the picture. Our world turned grey and wet within seconds.
As rain cascaded off the gutters and spooked the dogs, I was busy tipping these beauties, that I'd grabbed between showers into Lovely Hubby's big tray of windfalls ready for the next batch of cider and apple juice making next week.
I must have dashed out over to the chickens 3 or 4 times yesterday alternatively opening and closing their paddling pool (which is full of sieved soil for dust bathing purposes). I gave up in the end and left it closed. The temperatures plummeted and the best thing to do, in between showers of course, was to fill the log basket ready for a cosy night in front of the log burner.
Today started with a layer of frost over the patio, but now the sun is shining and the steam is rising as everything warms up in its welcome rays, and yes the paddling pool is open to the sunshine to dry off after yesterdays intermittent wetting and I feel the need to use some of the apples for myself.
Ready for my Frugal in October challenge, last week I decided to use a voucher that I've had tucked away for ages, it was a freebie with my last order and I thought I would use it to get some more foil containers from Lakeland to prepare a batch of crumbles, some for Lovely Hubby to eat next week and the rest to stay in the freezer to preserve some of these lovely apples for later in the year. Let's hope they arrive today because I feel a warm kitchen coming on this afternoon filled with the aroma of cooking apples and rhubarb, maybe one crumble won't even make it into the freezer and then there'll be Apple Crumble for supper.
Mmmm .... now there's a warming thought.