The weekend began on a mild December evening with a fire pit, mulled wine, roasted marshmallows (smore's) and chestnuts in origami jackets. Making new friends and coming home smelling of woodsmoke, tired and happy after a very busy week.
Once the dawdling leaves finally fell, I noticed what looked like green Christmas baubles on the naked Bramley apple tree. I thought the squirrels had pinched them all. They'd been hiding all this time. Just right for apple cake. I decided to make two, so that I could take one next door. The good thing when you bake two, is that you can pick the one that looks best to give, and taste the other to make sure it's ok.
Busy week, busy weekend. We did as much of the pre-Christmas grocery shop as we possibly could before the first set of visitors arrive. Shopped at supper time to avoid the crowds. Not such a good strategy, we were so hungry that we bought ten times more food than we really need.
Happily my little shop is running away. It's getting a bit empty, so on Sunday we did some vintage shopping. We found two gorgeous little old suitcases. One was full of albums of black and white photographs from the 1930's. We spent ages when we got home, drinking cups of coffee, looking at the photographs and imagining lives of people we don't know, and who probably don't exist any more. They all looked very happy. I think we may keep them...at least for a bit, before they go in the shop.
linking with amanda for weekending...