Chatting with a friend the other day, we started to discuss the seasons – random I know – and tried to pick a favourite.
I found this really difficult but in doing this task I realised that my love of the different seasons revolves around food choices!
Spring: I love spring – the fresh colours – vibrant greens of new buds, blossom laden trees – replaced with fruit in the autumn, blankets of yellow for daffodils. Planting of vegetables under glass ready for the frosts to stop. Hens, ducks and quail come back in to lay.
Summer: fruit sorbets / nice cream. Arrays of salad vegetables. New potatoes…yum
Autumn: the amazing palette of colours and the trees enter their quiescent phase for the winter. This is when I really wish I could paint. With autumn comes such a marvellous bounty of fruits and vegetables and the sound of the tractors harvesting wheat, barley, maize. hay for the animals etc. Nights turning cooler – one pot suppers / casseroles / fruit crumbles / jam/ liqueur and chutney making / freezer filling.
and then there is winter…curtains closing early, log fires burning, mulled wine, fruit cakes, mince pies, rich food and of course – family gatherings.
If I had to choose one…probably autumn.
How about you?