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fff ~ treasure hunt #1

Welcome to the first Friday Fave Five of November! I heard on the radio that Nov is statistically PEI’s cloudiest month. I’m not surprised.  I’ve always thought of it in the same way as Meg and Jo of Little Women:

“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Margaret, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden.

“That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the blot on her nose.

Grey and gloomy.

But, as I mentioned in an earlier post this week, I’m determined to change my mind about November. Instead of expecting drab and dreary, I’m going to hunt for treasures.

It really hasn’t been hard so far – this first week of November 2011 has been unusually bright and sunshiny. . .  a good place to begin my fff!

1. There are sure to be treasures  found under a bright bue sky!

2. especially in an apple orchard.

A lot of windfalls in early November but there’s still plenty left on the trees.

Pies, applesauce and crisps to come!

3. A domestic treasure ~ the sight of bread rising in the pans. I tried a new recipe this week.

Fabulous Homemade Bread from 414 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5 stars. I thought I was making it just as it was written. The recipe calls for 10 cups of bread flour – but what I didn’t notice is that my bread flour was whole wheat. So I ended up using 100% whole wheat flour (and 2 cups of oatmeal). I thought it would be heavy, but I have to tell you – it’s the best bread I ever made! Definitely a keeper! And very healthy!

4. Another unexpected treasure? November flowers. I live in the north so I don’t really expect flowers to bloom in November. But my hydrangeas put on the best blooming show ever!

From July right through to Nov 2nd.

They were hit by a heavy frost this week.

But somehow, my row of garden snapdragons survived.

 5. and still, in November, a leafy kaleidoscope of colors


and below.

Well . . . a good beginning to my November Treasure Hunt!

Thanks for joining me in my Friday Fave. For more favourites, visit Susanne and the Friday Fave crew at Living To Tell the Story.

Many blessings!

with love,


14 thoughts on “fff ~ treasure hunt #1

  1. November is usually fairly gloomy in my part of NYS as well but not this year! I think November is making up for the rainy and stormy October we had…in fact, I have a mountain hike planned for tomorrow! Your color all around your home is wonderful! thanks for sharing!! enjoy the colors and havea great weekend!


  2. We love our leftovers, too, and will eat one meal over and over until it's finished up. But the canned black beans were a new low. lolYour November colors are vibrant; maybe because we know what's coming, we appreciate the brilliance all the more. Love, love, love the leaves!


  3. Red leaves and blue skies what a gorgeous contrast! I enjoyed looking at all your photos immensely. Your homemade bread is making me fabulously hungry. Thanks for sharing an eye candy of a post.


  4. So beautiful, Kathie. I have felt the same way about November. I can't capture the beauty 'cause my camera's in India, but the golden hickories are still glorious here.I'm going to have to try that bread recipe! Today would be a good day. Cool, rainy, gloomy – a good day for the house to be filled with the aroma of fresh bread!


  5. You did really well with these treasures in November. Beautiful photos Kathie! That is a lot of bread and it looks so delicious! I hope you find more things to shoot on the weekend. Blessings, Pamela


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