The surfaces should be cleared of apples and pears by lunchtime - I plan to juice some apples, cook some to freeze for crumble, and make some apple and pear jam. It's a dreich day here, so indoors will suit me perfectly - after a very quick visit to the Co-op for sugar and lemons, that is. Hopefully I won't do what I did last year when I cooked some apples for freezing... I either wasn't wearing my glasses, or they'd got steamed up (I refuse to accept that I just went a bit dozy) but instead of cinnamon, I reached into the black hole of the spice cupboard and pulled out cumin (or something similarly savoury), and sprinkled it liberally over the whole lot. Not a good combination.
I'm sure the garden will be happy to be rained on today, as it's been pretty dry for the last few weeks here. Monday was the last day of September and it was beautiful. Everything in the garden was looking so pretty, particularly the Californian poppies. They clearly didn't get the memo that October was looming!
The white Cosmos, grown from free seeds given away with a gardening magazine, has also been lovely - I put some in the back garden, sprinkled the rest all along the front garden fence, and hoped for the best, and they have been a real treat. I need to collect some seeds so that I can have more next year - but I'm assuming they'll self seed too, like the Californian poppies.
The bees were still happily buzzing around on Monday - but I imagine they're all hiding from the wind and rain this morning.
Time to bring the money plants (or jade plants) back indoors. I have several of these, all taken from a plant that one of my brothers grew and gave to me one Christmas, about 15 years ago. He was so tickled with himself when he handed over the box at the front door - with a huge grin on his face as he told me that I had to open it right away. I was, of course, delighted - and I'm a little bit precious about the plants. I'd be pretty upset if I ever managed to kill them all off.
Oooh. Tears. I miss him.