Sunday, 15 December 2013

Fallen Leaves and a Christmas Fair

Believe it or not, this tree, which is in front of my windows, had many more leaves on it last week. As a matter of fact, I was surprised to see how many leaves were still on it. Friday afternoon we had rain that lasted up into the night. Then yesterday (Saturday) we had bright blue skies and a wind that was constantly blowing leaves off the trees that still had leaves left. I love the smell of these leaves and would love to walk through them in the country, but not in the city. Yesterday when I was out, I noticed a leaf stuck on the side of my shoe and scraped it off on the border of the street. Little did I know that I had a big clump of wet leaves on the bottom of both shoes until I came in and took off my shoes. At first I thought I'd stepped in dog poop hidden in the leaves. Thankfully the clumps were just wet leaves  that had got trapped in the grooves of my trainers. There were so many wet leaves covering the streets yesterday that I couldn't avoid walking through them. I just read before that one of my internet friends on Facebook slipped on some leaves yesterday and was knocked out. I pray that she doesn't have any problems because of this. I think I'll try to avoid fallen leaves as much as possible.

All those leaves I collected while going to and coming from a Christmas fair yesterday. I only bought a few things from one of my friends who was there. It was a disappointing outing - everything was so expensive! I did also get a few lovely Christmas cards that will have to be hand delivered, because going through the post would probably destroy them. I was looking forward to finding a few cheap gifts for my students, but it was not to be. Hopefully the Madrid Handcrafters will get the church hall next holiday season.

I'm late getting this written as I've been busy in the kitchen what time I haven't been out this weekend. I'll be going back there when I finish here. Last night I was even preparing my own washing soda that you can find in the laundry detergent aisle in supermarkets in the US. The washing soda is one of the ingredients I needed for the dishwasher tabs I made. I'll be making more too for my homemade laundry detergent.

Hope everyone is getting all their Christmas preparations done and as always hope you have a good week. 


  1. That must have been a lot of leaves for them to get stuck on your shoes like that! Glad you didn't fall and hurt yourself. They can be very slick! Sorry your trip to the Christmas Fair wasn't as productive as you had hoped. Wishing you a good week ahead, Brenda!

  2. how do you make the washing soda? I really love making my own laundry soap now-this is going on 3 years and I still love it.
    our oak trees keep their leaves til the spring leaves push them off
    Merry Christmas

  3. Kathy, I make washing soda from baking soda, which I bake in the oven about 45 minutes. You can buy washing soda easily in the US though.