Orange and Rust

There are so many orange and rusty burnished tones around right now. I know it is said often, but it is a beautiful time of year and it never gets old for me. We have delved into autumn here with enthusiasm. Emily carved a pumpkin after school on all Hallow’s Eve, and I made pumpkin pie. We’ve never had pumpkin pie before, it is just not a thing in the UK and you’d be hard pushed to find a can of pumpkin purée in a supermarket around here. I made my own in the blender and the pie turned out better than expected for the novice pie-maker that I am. I used ‘this’ recipe. Not too sweet and set perfectly. The rest of the pumpkin purée was used up nicely in a vegetable curry and the seeds in this recipe.

Hanging the washing out on the line today was a risky business – will I be racing out in half an hour to bring it all back in? The skies are grey, but a slip of blue is seen momentarily. I don’t want wet school uniform, tablecloths and towels strewn about the house. So I say a little no-rain prayer, and do a little no-rain dance.

I pick a handful of spinach for  lunch and rinse off the dirt and a tiny grey slug washes down the drain.

The butterfly I saw yesterday, may be the last of the year. It looked black under the leaden skies. I think it may have been a red admiral, and I just caught its underside. It was bittersweet to see this symbol of another dying year.

Today we have leftovers of mushroom, lentil and ale pie that I made yesterday from this recipe. So delicious it was too. I used the rest of the pastry for a quick blackberry and apple tart. The kind of autumnal fare that defines the season.

I am still getting used to the evenings. The darkness falling so early now, it feels like midnight at half past five in the afternoon. Maybe I’ll never get used to the speed at which this happens. I enjoy the dark evenings though. My library books are overdue so I will catch up with them this evening. I am reading Neil Gaiman’s short stories ‘Trigger Warning’ right now. He is a perfect writer for this time of year. What are you reading on these dark autumn evenings?

17 thoughts on “Orange and Rust

  1. Lovely post Kim. I am fond of autumn colours but sad that the nights draw in so quickly. I am feeling rather melancholic today! I make pumpkin pie every year and buy tinned pumpkin puree from Waitrose. This year I developed my own pumpkin ‘pie’ with a biscuit base rather than a pastry one and it was equally delicious! It is great that you are able to pick spinach from your garden. I must endeavour to grow some leaves next year. I’ve not been reading much recently tending to fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow but I am interested in reading a couple of book recommendations from the Psychologies magazine – In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass Green and The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. x

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    1. We only have a tiny Waitrose here so no pumpkin puree, not that I can afford to shop there much anyway 🙂 The biscuit base sounds nice, I’m going to try that next time. My daughter is vegan, so I’m on the search for good vegan recipes to substitute things I used to make, which is not proving to be an easy task. Those two book look interesting and seem to have divided the opinions of the reviewers on Amazon. I hope you enjoy them!


  2. You’re pictures are stunning, and that’s an ace pumpkin! It really is such a lovely time of year. It’s so cosy and I although it’s nice to hike/walk in the summer, it’s much more comfortable now the temperatures are lower. And my wardrobe leans far more towards jumpers than bikinis 😉

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  3. I love autumnal colours, particularly the many different shades of orange. I am not so keen on the soggy dreich days that we get though… You are fine dining, must make an effort to cook nice food myself. x

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    1. My daughter is recently become vegan, so I’ve had to become more inventive in the kitchen. It is actually working out a much cheaper way of cooking. While it takes quite a bit of effort to cook the meals, I make enough so we can warm some up the next day, as well as put a portion in the freezer. So overall it’s working out quite well.


    1. We sometimes take a walk in the evenings through the village, and it’s lovely to see the warmth of lights and fires glowing from people’s homes. It always makes you glad to get back to your own home.


  4. how is it possible that growing up the orange in my box of crayolas was always untouched? It’s become one of my favorite colours (in spite of the fact that it’s the school colour of the rival high school team!?!), making autumn my most favorite of all times of the year. I loved this post so much….for the photography, the words,……..and the pie references!!!

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  5. This is just so amazing to me that pumpkin pie is not a United Kingdom favorite. It really answers why at my growing up years holiday meals of the Massey family did not feature pumpkin pies. I’m laughing to think it took just about my entire lifetime to know why.
    Thank you Kim for solving a family curiosity that it would have been rude to inquire about at those gracious and proper family holiday meals.

    A wonderful post. Thank you.

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