Autumn Days

Quinces

Autumn this year is feeling different to last autumn when both water and grass were abundant.    But, always looking on the upside the sunsets and sunrises have been beautiful.  Although the dust is dry and scratchy and not particularly profitable it is spectacular, especially when there is any movement of stock, trucks or large machinery.

My quinces don’t seem to mind the current the weather conditions, they are producing as prolifically as ever which means I have plenty of poached quinces for my muesli.

Quinces and muesli

The cosmos are equally happy as they self-seed and flower with absolutely no intervention from me.  I can just see these flowers from a few spots around our house and every glimpse of them makes me smile.

Cosmos flowers

Trucking cattle

Hereford Bull

The next few days are also feeling different.  Soon, I will be making my way to the My Open Kitchen Gathering.  The excited, nervous energy is building as I pack my winter woollies and get ready to leave my family and step into very new surroundings for a few days.  These opportunities come along so rarely and I am determined to make the most of every moment.

Of course, there is another very important event happening this weekend.  I know not everyone shares my love of the royal family but I am a true monarchist.  I adore the pageantry and escapism of a royal wedding and of course, I will be tuned in. If you share my love of the details you might like this article about the horses and carriages or this article about the catering at the reception .  I will also be closely following the progress of the cake over at Violet Cakes . 

Or, perhaps you will be switching off and ignoring the whole thing.

Choc Chip Banana Bread

In among the dust, quinces, meals and royal daydreams, some of our faithful cattle have been trucked to greener pastures.

I have made sausage rolls, bacon and egg rolls, neck chop stew, lime curd and banana bread.  #cannotstopbaking.

Fire wood has been cut.

Dams are being cleaned out.

Soup is on the stove.

School notes and washing are both piling up.

Life is full, just as it should be.

How about you?  I hope you are warm and happy with something delicious to look forward to.

Happy Friday, friends x

 

28 Comments

  1. Reply

    ewe beauty

    May 18, 2018

    lovely article Jane ! oh for a quince, reminds me so much of gran/ mum , she loved them too!
    I also am a Royal tragic, but I fear the man of the house wont have a bar of it, thank goodness for black boxes that now record shows!!! 🙂
    I hope you have a wonderful time in Orange, make new acquaintances, fill your head with new knowledge and ENJOY!( rug up!)

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      Thank you Trish…I will try to think of a way of getting some quinces to you x

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    Elise

    May 18, 2018

    Such lovely photos as always Jane. I’ve never eaten a quince but it sure looks yummy. I will also be watching the Royal Wedding…looking forward to it.

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      I hope you enjoyed the wedding Elise…I know I did! x

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    Karen

    May 18, 2018

    Dear Jane thank you for your beautiful photos and post! Enjoy your time at the my open kitchen event, such a wonderful line up of people ! I’ll be following along where I can virtually. Always hard to escape family life, enjoy some time for you! Looking forward to following along with violet cake 🎂 and all the wedding fun.

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      Thank you Karen, I had a lovely time. It feels like a dream now! I hope you enjoyed soaking up the royal wedding.

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    Hélène

    May 18, 2018

    http://www.auffargis.com/2010/10/03/rond-long-maigre-tout-est-bon-dans-le-coing/
    Hello Australia… I had an old wonderful quince tree with lots and lots of huge quinces. My young neighbour Clémentine used to come and help me with the ladder. She weighed ALL quinces and shouted « a bigger one » and… « still a bigger one ! ». They usually weighed 600/800gr each ! My tree fell 5 years ago, too many fruits, too much wind. I religiously keep un-opened the last jelly jars.
    Lovely to read your words. Have a nice autumn. Cheers from France.

    • Reply

      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      What a beautiful comment Helene, thank you! So sorry to hear about your quince tree, the fruit is so heavy isn’t it? Kind regards.

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    Chookyblue

    May 18, 2018

    I’m not up in the details so will read your links but I will love to watch the royal wedding……pomp and pageantry no one does it like them…….
    Goodluck finding greener pasrues for the cows. Well sold all the weaners on one place about a month ago. This week we sold 1/2 the cows! 😪
    Then to go thru those at home now…… It’s so desperate here…..

    • Reply

      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      Yes, it is getting desperate here too Chooky. Surely it will rain soon. Thank you for your words.

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    Annie Bart

    May 18, 2018

    Just checked out My open Kitchen gathering. Sounds absolutely amazing. You will come home refreshed and newly inspired to keep following your passion! Enjoy and yes I don’t mind a bit of pomp and pageantry so I’ll be there too. We don’t get enough of that really, do we?

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      Thank you Annie, I had a lovely trip. I hope you enjoyed soaking up the wedding! x

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    Anne@gritandgiggles

    May 18, 2018

    I always love your photos and have definitely not stopped by near enough recently. I’ve actually baked ANZAC biccies and a Lemon Delicious in the last couple of weeks which is amazing considering I rarely bake anything these days because unless I send it to work with Mr Sparky there are no takers (well one taker who doesn’t wish to devour whole cakes etc by herself). It has amazingly cooled off a bit, here in the north, so I am thinking of tasty, filling, comfort foods. Mind you it isn’t really that cold. That loaf looks tasty in your photo, makes me want cake and a hot drink. I hope you are enjoying the winter prep and cooler weather.

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      Thank you Anne! Your baking sounds delicious and hearty, perfect for this weather.

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    kate

    May 18, 2018

    We’re tripping down south of Canberra at the moment and yup, it’s dry. I get the wanderlusts for the country again every autumn and I am revelling in the light and cold. Even the dry – though I know I can afford to be romantic about it when I am not hand feeding sheep and cattle. Enjoy the weekend away. I can’t wait to see your impressions of it.

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      Thank you Kate. The light and cold is beautiful I agree, we can appreciate it even in these dry times. Enjoy these autumn days.

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    Kate B

    May 18, 2018

    I will be watching…
    Enjoy your getaway xxx

    • Reply

      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      What did you think Kate? I certainly enjoyed soaking up the royal goodness! x

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    Anne

    May 18, 2018

    I’m not surprised your cosmos make you smile. A lovely sight to glimpse.
    I’m not caught up in any Royal wedding fervour even though we do have Harry and Meghan cut into the grass in one of our paddocks!
    Enjoy your weekend Jane – I’m sure it will be very inspiring.

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      Your grass art looked very impressive Anne. Did you know the artist or was it a surprise?

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    Laura

    May 18, 2018

    Hey Jane, fingers crossed you get some of the rain that’s in SA at the moment. Those open kitchen tickets sold out fast – sad to miss out, have a fab time.
    I’m missing my quince tree about now. I usually preserve a heap for eating in winter porridge so I’ll have to find something to fill that gap.
    I’m heading off for a couple of nights sans kids this weekend – a little excited!
    Have a great trip to orange.
    Cheers,
    Laura

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      Thank you Laura, you would have loved the gathering. Hopefully there will be another one. I hope you enjoyed your child free weekend, it certainly left me feeling refreshed!

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    Joanne V.

    May 18, 2018

    Have a wonderful weekend. I grew up on the farm across the creek from what is now the Old Convent in Borenore. Of course for me, the old convent was where I went to primary school. Orange is such a beautiful, if cold, city in autumn.

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      How fascinating Joanne. The Old Convent was a beautiful venue! Orange was also glorious, I hope to return one day.

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    Lenore

    May 19, 2018

    Definitely watching the wedding. It’s so dry, I hope you aren’t getting too many dust storms Kate. I don’t miss the fine red dust that could always found its way into the house but I do miss the beautiful sunrises and sunsets when living at Roto. Enjoy your break, it sounds like fun. Xx

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      Did you enjoy the wedding Lenore? I loved soaking it all up!

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    Sam

    May 20, 2018

    Swoony photos as usual, Jane. The one of the cosmos stopped me in my tracks. I have to admit to not being a huge royal fan but I do have a soft spot for William and Harry (who wouldn’t, after their mother’s tragic death), and I did watch the wedding – the bride looked absolutely beautiful (what a dress!) and they seemed genuinely happy. I hope you enjoyed watching it, too. Here’s to them. Sam x

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      Jane S

      May 25, 2018

      Thank you Sam. I will let you in on a secret…I sometimes visit your blog to check if I need a capital letter on certain flower names/plant names. I followed your lead on lower case for cosmos! I loved soaking up the royal atmosphere, here’s to them indeed. Jane x

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