One Summer Day in Autumn

Arabella  – the arts and architecture magazine — has been called one of the world’s most beautiful publications.

And so it is, publishing gorgeous art and design from across Canada in a sumptuous glossy publication each quarter.

I’m honoured that my feature stories are a staple of Arabella.

“One Summer Day in Autumn” is featured in this issue.

Do have a read and let me know what you think, please. It’s a different style of writing for me:

http://arabelladesign.com/One_Summer_Day_in_Autumn_Fall2014.htm

And enjoy a look at Arabella. Perhaps you’ll agree that it is one of the world’s most gorgeous publications:

http://arabelladesign.com/current_issue.htm

My best to you,

Cynthia.

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A Messy Kitchen in the Autumn

Life happens in our kitchen. Every day.

Which means it’s always clean but often a mess. 

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Blog Photo - Kitchen messy friend smiles

Humans like to hang out there and share stories.

Dogs like to sleep there and sometimes snore.

Blog Photo - Kitchen Dog Sleeps

In the autumn, potted plants move in from the verandah.

Blog Photo - Kitchen plants on window sill

English ivy sits on the window sill, Scotch Bonnet pepper sits on the floor.

Blog Photo - Kitchen Pepper Plant

Within a couple weeks, we’ll get dozens of ripe peppers….

Blog Photo - Kitchen Pepper CU

Blog Photo - Kitchen Ripe Pepper

… which we’ll give to relatives and  friends. (I’m not a hot-pepper person, despite my Caribbean origins.)

Some days the whole kitchen smells of apples, cinnamon and other ingredients for pies….

Blog Photo - Kitchen Apple slices

Blog Photo - Kitchen Seasonings for Pie

…which DO include a tip of Jamaican rum, yes, and maple syrup too, since we’re a Jamaican-Canadian family.

Blog Photo - Kitchen Pies on Table

Earlier, it was the fragrance of apple and mint jellies -

Blog Photo - Jelly Jars many

And as you can see, they’re still on the kitchen table — recent events having overtaken us…

Blog Photo - Kitchen harvest table

Some days, the kitchen smells of herbs drying on a tray. Parsley, basil, rosemary and thyme.

Blog Photo - Kitchen herbs drying

Blog Photo - Kitchen garlic in pot

And onions and garlic, fresh from the garden….

You’d think the kitchen is the only room in our old house.

It’s a wonder we don’t sleep there as well…

HAPPY HARVEST, EVERYONE (except for friends in S. Africa, New Zealand and Australia…. who for some strange reason are now planting their gardens and welcoming the springtime).

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