01/11/2016 § 1 Comment
Today is the first of November and feels SO different from yesterday. October left us in a blaze of golden sunshine, with carpets of crisp leaves underfoot and the warmth of the sun on our faces. Both yesterday and today I gently strolled around Farley Mount – the local country park – with the collies, but how different the atmosphere between those two days. Today was dank, gloomy and quite chilly in contrast to the glorious gold of yesterday.
Gentle strolls are all I can manage as I’ve had/still got a horrible ‘bug’ that is laying me quite low. I have no energy and a killer sore throat that just won’t go away. In truth, I think the past few weeks with the boys going off in opposite directions around the world and the exhausting trip to Wales has taken its toll and I probably need to rest and recuperate. I haven’t even done any sewing – for a whole week – oh dear!
So homemade chicken broth with homemade bread and stewed apples from the garden with comforting custard are on the menu with a constantly topped up mug of my mother’s special drink.
Whenever anyone felt under the weather when I was growing up, Mum would make one of her ‘special drinks’. They consisted of melted jam and honey in hot water, fresh lemon juice, cloves, matchsticks of fresh ginger and a teaspoon of cider vinegar all swirled around by a cinnamon stick. I made them for the boys (who both had this bug when they were home recently) and now I’m making them for myself. It has been known that for a dash of whisky to be added at bedtime!!
I’ve been having a bit of a jelly-fest over recent weeks, trying to use up all the apples from the garden and so I’ve been delving into jars of Rosehip Jelly, Hedgerow Jelly, Bramble Jelly and Rosemary Jelly for my drinks. Rosehip jelly is the gentlest pink colour – quite beautiful.
I’ll line up and label all my jars of preserves very soon, as hopefully it won’t long until I’m feeling more energetic again.