… looking at my kitchen bench this weekend, I recognised with satisfaction the change of season that is upon us. Instead of rows of soft and sweetly smelling stone fruit, the bench is heavy with pumpkins and cabbages.  There are bowls of walnuts instead of berries.  The last of the summer tomatoes are ripening on the window sill.  Despite the sun still lingering on into the evening, we are closing the window early, keeping in the steamy warmth of baking bread, bubbling lime marmalade, fragrant stuffed cabbages and pumpkin pie.

… whilst waiting for kitchen timers to ring, we’ve settled into our autumn knitting. I’ve cast on and am zipping through this vest – knitted in Rowan’s Cocoon – 80% merino, 20% kid mohair – deliciously soft – it’s like knitting butter – if that doesn’t sound too mad – the body of the vest is in alpine and the fair isle pattern is in hedge and seascape – it’s my first attempt at fair isle and I’m so excited.  See, this here girl is my knitting heroine and I’m longing to knit some of her mittens and berets and jumpers.  But I need to skill-up first. Best of all, we bought this scrummy yarn at Wondoflex (you simply must visit – the loveliest, friendliest and most helpful women with a HUGE selection of gorgeous yarn from all over the world) yesterday at a ridiculously good price – 75% off.  I do love Drops designs – so many have such lovely details and unusual twists.  Just looking at their homepage is enough to send me into oooohs and ahhhs of delight.  Maybe this winter I shall also get to this dear little cardigan – or maybe it will have to wait :-) And mum is finally sewing up the stripey cardie – oh my, it was knitted so long ago – when I broke my ankle.

… but right now, I’m sitting here at the computer and as soon as I hit publish, I need to hop into a good bit of research for an upcoming paper – a reflection on two nursing frameworks (I’ve chosen Florence Nightingale’s original biophysical focus and Dorothy Orem’s Self Care Deficit) and how they might influence the nursing care I provide for my patients.  Busy times indeed.  Our days are full, intense, stimulating and tiring.  But very satisfying too.  I do love the busyness that autumn brings.

 

in an autumn kitchen

9 thoughts on “in an autumn kitchen

  • March 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm
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    Hi Lily,
    Love the little stripe number. Looks very soft. Checked out your knitting heroine too. Wow! And I know what you mean about the Drops designs, just so gorgeous. Oh I wish i had more hours in my day.
    Blessings Gail

  • March 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm
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    Wow! Thats a lot of lime! Are those from your yard?

  • March 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm
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    Hi Lily,
    Have sent you an email.
    Blessings Gail

  • March 21, 2012 at 9:53 am
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    Love that we live in a place where we experience so distinctly the change of seasons and all that each season brings. Enjoy your knitting!

  • March 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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    What a lovely picture of what is happening at your kitchen bench. Don’t suppose you’d have a good lime marmalade recipe to share?

  • March 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm
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    i obviously don’t live in a citrus-growing part of the world because there is nothing about that crapload of limes that speaks fall to me. please educate me if you have a moment. are limes really a fall crop? my in-laws in California have an orange tree and they are ready in January/February (or mid-winter for this hemisphere).

  • March 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm
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    Hi Lily,
    Haven’t heard from you in awhile. Hope you are all OK.
    Blessings Gail

  • April 3, 2012 at 7:28 am
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    You must be on the other side of the globe. I am just about ready to plant my tomatoes. :)

  • April 8, 2012 at 6:39 am
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    Missing you from California. Hope you are well, blessings this Easter week.

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