The Changing Seasons, November 2021

Looking back at November

It feels like just a few days ago when I was preparing for The Changing Seasons for October; suddenly, it’s time for November’s wrap-up. How did that happen? Nevertheless, Brian at Bushboys World & I hope you will join us in recapping the month past.

The world keeps spinning, the seasons continue turning, with apparent disregard of what else is going on. I was reminded of this each time I ran past the Swiss Granite Fountain this month.

The ball component took Swiss sculptor Ueli Fausch three months to sculpt by hand. It weighs 700 kg and fits perfectly into a 3-tonne basal block and is kept afloat by strong water pressure directed through the block.

Singapore Botanic Gardens, donated by the Swiss community in Singapore, 1991

This landmark was a favourite of our children’s when they were little; they derived great kicks trying to change the direction of the spinning granite ball.

Thinking about spinning, turning, rolling inevitably brings me to Tina Turner.

Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, performed live at the GelreDome in Arnheim, Netherlands, 2009.

And since Life will persist and Things continue to happen, I choose to follow this piece of advice from 1 Thessalonions 5:21

Christmas decorations outside Tangs

What good things are you holding on to?

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In the kitchen this month:

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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 — 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 — 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 — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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  1. What good am I holding on to? Kindness to others (and, when I remember, myself). Faith, courage and generosity. And a reminder that the Fruits of the Spirit help me remember what the “right thing” is. I’m so glad you asked.


  2. I’ve made the Everything Cookie last year for a cookie exchange. I love salty and sweet stuff! Here they’re called other things like kitchen sink cookies and compost cookies. Also I love looking at your flourless chocolate cake. It looks really good!


    1. We actually followed Christina Tosi’s Compost Cookie recipe – just changed up the add-ins, with mostly savoury things (Ruffles, pretzels, sesame seeds) as we found the previous batch a little too sweet for our tastes. The flourless chocolate cake recipe is from King Arthur Baking – too dark for me … all for Loving Husband!


  3. A very foodie month, and those nopales are something I have never cooked. I would imagine they would take on other added food flavours as they would be bland?


    1. You are absolutely right, Suzanne! They lend a texture more than a strong taste. It was also my first time working with nopales so it was interesting – but it is not an item I would rush out to buy again.

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    1. It will certainly be a big month in the kitchen (which is where I seem to spend a lot of my time amusing myself).
      Wishing you a celebratory December, Tracy. It will be quiet for us again, but we we feel safe this way.

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    1. On on! to December.
      May it hold all manner of good things for you, Natalie! Wishing you good health, exciting adventures & a good celebration in the month to come!


  4. The pingbacks don’t seem to be working. It’s been very on and off for the past month. I expect them to work, so I usually don’t know they haven’t worked until I go back and check — and nope, no pingback. I notice they aren’t calling them pingbacks anymore, either. Now they are regular old “trackbacks.”


  5. Ju-Lyn, I can well understand your children’s fascination with the spinning granite rock; it looks equally beguiling and extraordinary! Was there ever any chance of turning it? Lovely thoughts for the end of the month, delicious food photos and a terrific fun video. The beginning of it is hypnotising!


    1. I’m glad you persevered through the beginning of the video … I wondered if the prelude was way too long, but I’m glad I kept to this version of the song – I find it very fascinating & hypnotic too … she is the Queen of Building Tension!

      Yes! The ball can be turned if one is patient. After many many many attempts, we found that if enough hands are placed in the correct places, the ball will stop spinning, and then a little force will change the direction of the spin.

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  6. The granite rock that stands on water is amazing — and beautiful. I was delighted to see bagels among the many wonderful foods you have made. November vanished even faster than October. I think by the time I realized it really WAS November, it was half gone. it has been crazy time for the past few years. Maybe oh please maybe we will get just a wee bit of “normal” again. Soon, please.


    1. I hear you and I echo your plea for a semblance of normality & peace of mind. I wonder if December will zip by as well …

      How do you like to eat your bagels, Marilyn?


    1. So glad to have your delight in the fountain with me – it is actually very mesmerising … the spinning globe, the sound of water ….
      Thank you for sharing what you are holding on to – I am imagining your cheery & festive decorations, fire crackling, all toasty warm.

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