Welcome to a November blessing list. Some find this month a difficult one. The time changes and darkness closes in early. Autumn leaves fade and fall to a brittle crispness underfoot. But there is always beauty to be found if you will look. And there are always reasons to be thankful.
Now . . . we could stay inside in front of the cosy fire with a purring cat, a good book and a steaming cup of tea with a spicy ginger cookie or two.
or we could go outside. I’m thankful for both options.
1. November Walks – I’ve been out almost every day this month. Sophie is so happy exploring wood trails with me.
and some new beach scouting for next summer is also fun.
2. November Sunsets – L M. Montgomery describes November so eloquently,
“November — the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. (Anne of the Island Ch.25)
Crimson, rose, purple, orange, and blue-grey wonder.
Solace for Goldengrove unleaving.
3. After a day in the chilly November air, it’s lovely to head inside to enjoy the long November evenings. All is warm and snug in front of the kitchen stove. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend a little more time reading. I love to read cookbooks and I was really pleased when I found this one at the second-hand store.
Down-home, practical, thrifty family recipes – the kind I like.
And look what else I’m reading?
This is a very interesting, albeit challenging, read. I’ll tell you my inspiration for this book and it leads to #4 on my list of favourites this week.
4. The Great British Bake-off. I’m watching this series on youtube and it’s
addictive . . .fascinating! What I find especially interesting is the science behind baking. Sometimes cookies turn out crisp – sometimes chewy – why? I’m learning a lot in an entertaining way.
5. Of course, we don’t stay in every evening. The pre-Christmas season of craft fairs, concerts, shows, dinners and parties is just beginning. Roger and I enjoyed a delicious lamb supper, co-hosted by Harmony Meadow Farm and the Belfast Historic Society.
And the boys’ show last Saturday evening was so.much.fun! Here’s a clip. Watch out for balloons! 🙂
Well, I hope you enjoyed my favourites this week. Thanks for taking the time to visit. I’m thankful you did!
PS – for more Friday Favourites visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story