20 October 2011

Autumn Picnic

Now is the time to taking advantage of warm autumn days. Pack a basket with warming soup, crusty bread, cheese and some fruit and you are set for an autumn picnic. Wrap up warm and  bring some wool blankets. What could be nicer then to enjoy a crisp autumn day in the garden or the park.

In the UK most Chrysanthemums are available all year around and then I am not talking about imported flowers, mind you they are obviously grown in greenhouses.
I am grateful for the choice at the farmers market as I love to have fresh cut flowers to work with at a very reasonable price.

Fresh locally grown apples are also amazing at the moment. You know the saying - "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." It will be one of your five or nine or however many fruit and vegetables you are suppose to eat a day. I just read that there are over 2000 varieties of British apples. One of my favorites is 'Royal Gala' a sweet and juicy apple perfect for eating and juicing.

Warm apple cider is a perfect drink for this time of year. Heat gently with a cinnamon stick and serve in mugs. You can also make a more elaborate version like this one. 

This sweet little carved and painted bird has followed me from Sweden. I am not sure what kind he is though!

As much as I love colour I also love texture. This combination of textured leaf and hand knitted wool jumper is rich and warming.

I think the textural combination of a basket, a pine cone, an old handwoven blanket and an autumn coloured leaf from the vine Vitis coignetiae is magnificent.

Have a perfect autumn day!

Warm hugs,

xoxo Ingrid


Madelief said...

Hi Ingrid,

Your autumn picknick sounds good! Unfortunately it's too cold in Holland at the moment to have one. This weekend they predict some higher temperatures. Perhaps we can grab our chance then!

Madelief x


What a beautiful & inspiring post ;-)
I fly to London next week
I hope to enjoy some British Autumn sooooon!
Yes a picnic too & a bracing stroll along the seafront.

lisa said...

You make autumn more beautiful than it is naturally, Ingrid. These photographs are truly so beautiful.
I hope you have had a great week, and I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Frances said...

Ingrid, your choice of fruits, flowers, vintage Scandinavian birds, leaves, knitted wools, just combine to show us a lovely gateway to autumn.

It's such a grand time of year, with those brilliant blue skies, great cool sleeping nights, encouragement to bake in a preheated oven, to take a long walk, have a cup of tea, collect some beautiful leaves, acorns, and share it all with a friend.


Sanne said...

Dear Ingrid,

ohh, it´s sooo cold outside today ( we had frost in the night ) ,but how much I would love to do such an outdoorpicknick !!!!
Love your filled basket, really looks so gooood !!!!

Have a nice weekend, whatever you will do,

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet ingrid, oh my such a beautiful picnic basket and that flowers are just pure joy! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

Sanna said...

Stockholm calling;)

I would love a autumn picnic in one of my favourite big cities. I got engaged in London. A kind of autumn like picnic with champagne on a grey bench in Kensington Gardens. The only witness was a squirrel. He was grey too...as the weather. It didn't matter. We were happy.

Your basket and flowers as all that warmth that would be perfect for a loveable day in a park. You do not need the sun with all those lovely colors.

Really nice that you stopped by my place and said hello.
Hope to see you again. You are welcome whenever you have the time. :)

Say hello to London from me.
Take care and have a really lovely weekend.

september cottage said...

HI Ingrid!!

And what a PEFECT autumn day it was today, wasn't it? Hope we will get plenty more like this one today!!!

LOVE your post - full of inspirational pictures! And picnics in cooler weather are just fantastic - you are so right!!

Have a good week!


Bleu Chine said...

Hello from France ! Royal Gala is my favorite too, apples have so many and simple ways to be appreciated. Autumn and fresh evenings have just came in France ! Your photos are so beautiful ! Stéphanie

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Ingrid ~
What a beautiful autumn picnic, so inviting with all the glorious colors.
I do hope autumn hangs in there for a while longer. ;)
Hugs Rosemary...xx

silvia said...

Autumn has arrived in Italy. I prefer the warmer months, but I like the colors of this season, you're very good at capturing them in your photos...

Mrs B said...

what a lovely lovely blog!!

I think your little birdie friend is a pied wagtail...no?!


Gela said...

Hej, vilka härliga bilder du visar oss. Vilken fin blogg du har. Ha en fin söndag/Gela

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful idea! Things have quickly changed from autumn to winter here, with snow all over the ground. But we could always picnic indoors! :)
Love the warmth in these beautiful photos, Ingrid!

Lotta said...

Va härligt med en höstpicnick !!
Ja man borde väl passa på , det är ju fortfarande hyfsat varmt och ingen snö än .
Vilka vackra bilder du tar !!

pat said...

Thank you for your kind comments to my posts. You're always welcome!
fabulous photos!

Costin Comba said...

Beautiful shots.Have a nice day. Greetings from Romania.

Georgianna said...

Hi Ingrid – stunning colors! Those leaves next to the mums are truly striking. But I'm still riveted on that carved bird – he's fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by – I'm back in the States now so have to start thinking autumn thoughts myself. :)

Have a great Sunday! xo – g

maría cecilia said...

Dear Ingrid, I`m so happy you send me your link and visit your beautiful world again. When I rearrange my blog there were lots of my favorite blogs that got lost and yours was one of them, I´m taking you to my favorite blogs right now!!!!
hugs dear

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