Posted by: christinelaennec | November 1, 2012

Looking back at October

November already?  Time is definitely one of the most mysterious things there is.  The Dafter often finds that her days crawl past, and will say, about something we did the day before, “Was that only yesterday?  It seems like that happened about four days ago!”  And yet, here once again is the full moon;  here once again is the fresh calendar page!

Our thoughts and attention have been very much on everyone in the path of Hurricane Sandy these last few days.  Michael and I spent six years and were married in Connecticut, and it’s terrible to see the widespread devastation across such a lot of the States.  I know the people of Haiti and Cuba have also suffered greatly.  We’ve been sending our prayers to them.  I’m so glad to live in a part of the world where we don’t usually experience huge extremes in weather.

Here are some photos of this month just past:

Rain on a carpet of leaves, the Old Brewery, Old Aberdeen, October 2012.

We had such a wet, cold summer that my sweet peas really only got going in September:

A late harvest of sweet peas, October 2012, Aberdeen.

I’m not sure why, but the fall colors here have been really beautiful this year:

Fall colors, Aberdeen, October 2012.

I made this Streusel-topped Pumpkin Bread, following the recipe on Karen’s ‘Beatrice Euphemie’ blog (here) – and it was delicious!

Karen’s “Streusel-topped Pumpkin Bread” – delicious!

And we had some snow at the end of the month – just a little reminder that winter is just around the corner.

October snowfall, Aberdeen. 27 October 2012.

I hope this finds you and yours all safe, warm, dry.  And if you’d like to enter my tea-towel giveaway, leave a comment here before Sunday at 4 pm GMT!



  1. That loaf looks interesting and I love the plate it’s on. Time really is most mysterious, as you say, and I’ve been thinking the same about the colours this year, they have been particularly spectacular. I’m very relieved that we don’t have weather extremes here in the UK and I just hope that people who’ve been affected by Sandy can get their lives back to normal as soon as possible.

  2. What a lovely pictures again, love the one with all the leaves.
    You did a great job on the pumpkinbread !!
    Wow .. you already had a little snow … we didn’t … but … winter is coming 🙂

  3. Apparently the beautiful leaves on the trees this year are due to our very wet summer, some consolation I suppose! 🙂 xx

  4. I find time like that, some days feel like they’re never going to end, but then suddenly a week’s gone past and I don’t know where it went, except in however many inches of knitting I’ve produced, which becomes almost like a diary or record of time

  5. The time is moving along quickly these days, it seems! Your fall colors are lovely and so glad you tried the pumpkin bread! Your sweet peas are such pretty shades of purple. I have a rose trying to bloom again, as we have had mild weather. The hurricane devastation is very discouraging on the East coast, and I am joining you with prayers. Blessings to you, too. xx

  6. I love your photographs, they are so descriptive without words.
    The weather has affected the plant life in such strange ways, lilies flowering, gladioli, and now an oriental poppy in my garden. So the normality of the autumnal colours is very reassuring.

  7. I can’t believe the comment by ‘tearoomdelights’: “That loaf looks interesting and I love the plate it’s on.” After I read your post if you had asked me what sort of plate it was on I would have told you I haven’t a clue. The “Streusel-topped Pumpkin Bread” looks not merely interesting, but AMAZING!! So much so that I ignored the plate altogether.

    I do like your autumn pictures and I sometimes regret the fact that where I live in Sydney we don’t really have a big change between seasons. Local trees aren’t deciduous and we don’t even get frosts, let alone snow.

    I was only saying to my partner the other day how much I missed having sweet peas. My mother used to grow them, and my grandparents did too. Unfortunately we don’t allocate enough time to gardening to grow any annuals, And our gardening skills and knowledge would probably result in crop failure anyway! Both your baking skills and your gardening skills are definitely way superior to mine.

  8. When I hear of those affected by Sandy, I think myself lucky that I drifted off to sleep last night in a warm bed, in the glow of that full moon.

  9. I love your polka dot teapot. It’s delightful.

  10. Christine, what a lot of lovely things to celebrate about October! I love your polka dot teapot, too. I have one that I painted in a pottery painting studio; I enjoy their sense of whimsy. 🙂

  11. Some of my favorite things: stone buildings, sweet peas, beautiful fall trees (doesn’t happen here), streusel, all things pumpkin, and fresh snow! Like the song in The Sound of Music, I feel better already.

  12. loving the teapot also. it is too cute and festive-looking. sweet peas always remind me of my grandparents’ garden and i am quite passionate about the colors of Autumn … i’m always trying to catch pictures of the trees and leaves. there also seem to be rainbows out more at this time of year .. another personal favorite.

  13. Time seems to move so much more slowly when you’re young, doesn’t it?

    We’re having beautiful fall weather in this little corner of the globe, too, Christine. Your photos are so inspiring – I think I’ll try making Karen’s pumpkin bread, too. ❤

  14. I’ve been peering at your photos of autumn leaves, trying to determine if you have maples there. We have soft maples in KY rather than the ‘sugar’ maples of New England–beautiful, but lacking that glorious crimson red which was part of the autumn season for so many years of my life.

  15. Christine: You live in such a beautiful place. I love how much you enjoy it and how generous and skilled (those photographs!) you are at sharing it with the rest of us. You are so right that time races faster and faster for those of us at mid (or later?) life. But your beautiful blog always reminds of the value of slowing down to appreciate where we are. Warm, warm regards from North Carolina…

  16. Thank you for all these lovely comments, everyone. I’m glad you like the spotty teapot. It was a Christmas present from a dear friend.

    Stacy, who had to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, has written a beautiful post as a message to those affected by Hurricane Sandy:

    oldblack, you honestly didn’t notice the beautiful plate from my neighbour Mrs. Mary Morrison? Where are your priorities?! Seriously, though, Lorna and I share a passion for crockery as well as teatime delights. Maybe you should take up growing sweet-peas again. It really isn’t that difficult. If *I* can do it, anyone can!

    mimacat, I’ve been puzzling over your question for the last two days. There are certainly a lot of trees with maple-shaped leaves. But they tend just to turn yellow / gold / orange, never really red. I doubt very much there are sugar maples here, but they must be different species of maple. And then again, perhaps some of them are a kind of sycamore? Oh dear!

  17. Coming late to the party, but just to say that I loved the photo of the Old Brewery. I had my Eng Lit tutorials in it in first year, with Cairns Craig.

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