Well Winter arrived early here today with the rain from all through the night continuing on throughout the new day. It was definately a do something inside day and since we had the wood stove going I decided to stew up a batch of our delicious home grown apples.
We only have a wood stove here and whilst it's lovely it sometimes limits my baking creativity and choices. Usually it remains unlit for 6 months of the year. (We do have a microwave, toaster oven and electric frypan to cook with in the warmer months) Today was the first time we have had the stove lit this year and it makes the whole house so deliciously toasty warm.
As I enjoyed the homely warmth in our kitchen my beloved partner strode bravely off into the elements to collect windfalls and pick above mentioned apples. We have 5 or 6 different apple trees in our garden, they are all different varieties and ripen in quick succession. We lost a bit of fruit this year to the dreaded coddling moth despite our best organic methods to reduce the problem. We also expect each year to share the bounty with the resident possums and visiting cockatoos and various garden grubs. There is always way more than we can possibly eat.
There is something special about home grown apples. They smell so divine, something that you just don't get with supermarket apples. It was a literal sensual feast for me today as I peeled and sliced.
The crisp white flesh of the apples looked so pure and fresh. Juice oozed onto the chopping board, my knife and my hands. Then the added scent of sugar, cloves and cinnamon added to the pleasure.
wishing you sunshine in your shadows
Sunshine in my shadows
Welcome to sunshine in my shadows. This blog is my space to share all the stuff that makes up my every day life. Family, friends, crafts, recipes, books and all the little things that add 'sunshine to my shadows'. We all have a sprinkling of sunshine and an equal sprinkling of shadows in our lives. Hopefully you will find more sunshine than shadows to read about here and on the days when shadows fall, know that the sunshine is peeking just around the corner!