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 AllRecipes.com. 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. Susanne says:

    I just sigh at your gorgeous photos! Those apples look mouthwatering. What kind are they? They're color is so deep and rich.


  2. Laura says:

    What a beautiful November on PEI! So glad I came over to see it! Just lovely.Have a great week ahead.


  3. Faith says:

    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!


  4. anneliese says:

    Now you hve me currious about what kind of camere you ended up getting.You are an amazing photographer!


  5. ellen b says:

    Oh my…that's a lot of apples and a lot of bread! What a lovely bounty. I can almost smell that bread. I'm glad it turned out great. Have a wonderful weekend.


  6. Tiffany says:

    Beautiful pictures. Fresh apples are delicious! I'm jealous. :)Have a great weekend.


  7. Lovella says:

    Kathie, you find beauty where ever you go! Love those photos.


  8. Willow says:

    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!


  9. Jerri says:

    Love the photos from your November treasure hunt. Your bread sounds delightful – I love homemade bread!


  10. Niki says:

    November is not too glum here in Ontario this year either. Thank you for the bread recipe link, I'm going to give it a try 🙂


  11. Hazel says:

    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.


  12. Beth says:

    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!


  13. 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


  14. Lovella says:

    Kathie, you find beauty where ever you go! Love those photos.


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