Yesterday I went to the library in the park to take back some books on loan that were due in and collected a couple of others that I had requested. Thankfully, the requested books that I've been waiting in a queue for have got an extension on them for the holidays.
The weather was good so I walked through the walled garden and took one or two photos, but didn't stay long as my husband often drops me off in the car and then goes and does other things before picking me up and I knew that he would be waiting for me.
A volunteer garden group was busy in the greenhouse area and the colour of the variegated greens, the brown hues and the structure of the plants still looked attractive against the mellow, old brick walls and the red/terracotta colour of the plastered and painted one.
I'm glad that I went out when I did yesterday as by the evening the weather had drastically changed.
Today is wet and very windy, which will be difficult for those commuting to and from work. I feel for those who have to go out in this bad weather. Coastal areas are being exposed to high winds, driving is very hazardous and there's a strong possibility of flooding.
The pears that we stored away to ripen are ready to eat and we're also going to bottle some this afternoon as we had a good number of them this year. Cold weather food is on the menu in our house. One-pot meals and soups are the best as the quantities can be adjusted for two or for more, depending on how many are around our table. We're using the last of the fresh tomatoes and the peppers as well as the onions or leeks, stored potatoes and borlotti beans that were bagged and frozen last month. Minestrone is the favourite in our family because our local daughter is a vegetarian and we use whatever vegetables are to hand. With the added beans, potatoes and soup pasta and topped with Parmesan cheese brought back from our nephew's deli in Italy it's a substantial and nutritious meal. The recipe below is another version in one of my cook books of Italian recipes where I get lots of ideas to supplement my basic repertoire. I've been taught by my husband and members of his family - all good cooks. The bonus is that he's keen to cook and we take turns in the kitchen!