The Changing Seasons: October 2021

Looking back at the month

Brian & I hope you will join us in reflecting & recapping our months of October.

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In order to rehabilitate from a repeated calf muscle injury, I used the Learning Forest as a training track: it afforded fairly flat terrain, trees provided green therapy, and it was just long & varied enough to loop without boredom.

I am not typically a fan of running the same place every day, but one of the joys of doing so for an extended period is that you begin to recognise regular fellow-exercisers as well as the people who work there.

The Garden Ranger was there every morning filling his large black garbage bag with the fallen leaves of the Elephant’s Ear Tree. I’d spoken with him earlier this week to find out the tree to which these ginormous leaves belonged.

The Feature Photo shows the Elephant’s Ear Tree leaves in the centre; the lighter green leaves.

I wonder why picks these large leaves up every morning instead of letting them compost with the rest of the fallen leaves.

Any ideas?

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From my kitchen come these before & afters:

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About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently β€” though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project β€” such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number β€” just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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  1. I hope your recovery is going well Ju-Lyn, and am glad you have such a beautiful place to train β€” boredom is such a barrier to exercise enthusiasm!

    Your bread looks wonderful, and you’ve reminded me I have a recipe that includes miso caramel which I’ve been meaning to try. I feel a baking day coming on.


    1. You are absolutely right – boredom is certainly a barrier to many repetitive activities … the challenge is to find something interesting each time we do them!

      Hope you enjoy the miso caramel – we roasted veg (eggsplant, pumpkin & carrots) last night and glazed them with the delicious stuff towards the end.

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    1. So glad to see you on The Changing Seasons, and for the catch up.

      Perhaps miso is more readily available now and exists in many more larders. So, more uses for it will be dreamt up! I do like it as a savoury note in bakes.

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  2. What a beautiful place to walk. Fresh air, good for the soul, and recovery.

    I love the elephant ears too, and love that they are outside. My guess to the reason the Ranger doesn’t compost is for public safety , I guess. They are toxic, and have an irritant to them, so if a child decided to collect them, or a pet eat them… miiiight be a problem. Otherwise, they could be compost material. Donna. Just my opinion.


  3. So glad you’re healing and that track looks a wonderful place to do the healing. Those breads look great as well – and the French toast with the miso caramel…yum!


  4. We also stay almost entirely in a relatively small area. Luckily, it’s a beautiful area, full of parks and rivers. We keep planning to travel, but it keeps raining. We should have been away this week, but it literally rained the ENTIRE week.

    I loved your bread and it reminded me that it’s chilling down now and it’s time to start baking again. Time for warm, fresh bread.

    We only had about a week of non rainy weather, but we still managed to take a staggering number of pictures. I put everything in galleries so people can browse without scrolling. I hope your leg is getting better. I had both of my big toes surgically repaired — at the same time so I wouldn’t have to take off from work twice — and I remember how long it took before I could stop limping. I also had my back fused — and it took years to heal. You have my heartfelt sympathies!


    1. Goodness! With all your the surgery you’ve had, I marvel & inspired that you continue to do so much.

      Hope the rain stops long enough for you to go exploring further afoot.


      1. It is one of the loops Loving Husband and I include in our close-to-home runs as it is typically quieter than the rest of the gardens. But it really has been a treasure in this period of rehab.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your month, Natalie – even though I follow you weekly, I like the reflection and recap of your month as it allows me to revisit your favourite things & places.

      If we ever get to meet up, I know what I can make for snacks!

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    1. So glad for the chance to catch up with you – I look forward to hearing from you each month! I am just about all healed up – taking care not to re-injure myself so slowly slowly I go. Rooting for you as you continue to plan for your trip!

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  5. I love your Before and After food photos. What an awesome idea!
    BTW- I just finished reading Thrive (by Dan Buettner). Researchers have focussed on Singapore as one of four places in the world where people identify as happiest. Your positive posts give good testament to this! πŸ˜€


  6. I love the Elephant Ears tree. What huge leaves!! I do wonder why not compost under the tree also. Maybe there’s too many and too big to compost effectively or perhaps the gardener doesn’t like them on the ground. Glad you are getting better.
    My post won’t be up for a few days.


    1. Don’t you think the name is such fun? and quite rather appropriate given the size of those leaves! I did wonder why not compost them as well – then perhaps thought maybe the leaves might form a “tarp” above the ground and kill off anything under it.

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