Ahhh, l’amour. Your beloved by your side; a sweet apple pie made with locally-grown apples (Newton Wonder) in the oven; the smell of cinnamon wafting gently on the muggy-leaved autumn air and a pot of Whittard’s Costa Rica in a diddy little cafetiere (bought for the princely sum of £2 in a church sale). It holds just enough to make two perfect cups of coffee.
What a lovely weekend I have had, simply because I have been able to spend it with someone I love, in the way that we used to spend our weekends way back when. Today was wonderful because it included a lie-in, croissants with wild blueberry jam and pains au chocolat (and more of our new-favourite coffee!). After breakfast we went for a long walk and found the most beautiful tree, that was illuminated with the most wonderful of yellow hues. Not my favourite colour in normal circumstances, but it suited this tree so well. It sat near to a deep red acer and the two, brightly coloured trees stood in front of a whole host of evergreens, proud in their blazing show of colour. I had my camera primed for the occasion – not my digital though, oh no, this one was my prized 35mm. I have yet to get the photos developed, but I can’t wait! What can look bad from nature’s palette?
What else did I do? I got to cook for Mr VP: a stunning meal of roast free-range chicken, a plethora of local squashes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and onions. I made gravy and stuffing. By the end of it all, I didn’t want to eat anything, but he definitely did!
The pie was a bit of a handmade affair: pastry made without a recipe (who needs a recipe for butter, flour, an egg and cinnamon?), rolled out not with anything round but instead with a rough patting of my hands; pastry that turned out deliciously, as did the filling.
And this was the last of the day’s sunshine, drying my very favourite bed-linen (an Ikea find, high thread count, silky soft and covered in carnations) which I took inside, still cool from the autumnal breeze and put onto the bed. Mr VP bought up our electric blanket as I have been feeling pretty cold recently (this is a whole new story in and of itself) and needed something to stop me shivering. Thankfully this weekend I haven’t needed it as Mr VP is a fairly effective hot water bottle!