Oh, it's nice to be home. I wasn't gone for long, but because I had two trips closely together, it seemed much longer. Monsieur and I went to Valencia for a few days which were wonderful. I came back late Tuesday evening and left on Wednesday morning to fly to Munich for a meeting about a very exciting project. I can't say much more for now, but I will show some images soon.
Back at home I immediately went down with a stomach bug. Monsieur had it a few days before me, so I guess I was lucky it didn't strike whilst I was in Munich. I was completely wiped out for 24 hours with cramps and nausea, slept for twelve hours straight from Saturday to Sunday and was unable to face any food - which is very unlike me. As it was a fairly grey Sunday, I tried to make the most of it and just cosied up on the sofa waiting for the bug to pass.
If I'm completely honest, apart from the bug itself, I didn't mind spending a day huddled up inside. I like that side of November and the way the day ends early and the evening is drawn out, the candles and my woolly blanket. And I like the smells of this time of the year. The smell of crisp air and fallen leaves as well as the smell of spices. Spices like cinnamon and cloves that warm the house and bring a sense of festive homeliness to it.
A little while back I tried out my own mix that could bring some of that winter smell into our home over the next few weeks and possibly months. It couldn't be easier or more environmentally friendly. I chucked the ingredients into a pot with water, boiled them and then left them to simmer until the whole house was filled with the warm and natural scent. It was bliss and so comforting. If you fancy a little of this, below are the ingredients.
- 750ml water
- 1 orange
- 1 apple
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon cloves
- 6-8 star anise
- 6-8 bay leaves
Just fill a pot with the water, peel and slice the orange and add both. Cut the apple into eight bits, break the cinnamon sticks into halves, and grate the nutmeg. Add all plus the other ingredients and then bring to a boil. Leave to simmer until the house is filled with the lovely scent.