Home cooking & baking october days


October has generally been quite a good month so far, yes we have had a few blustery wet days but there have been lots of lovely autumnal days and it has been very mild. On Saturday we were out and about without coats in a very pleasant 18 degrees!

I have managed lots of garden time, tidying up summer bedding and planting bulbs for next spring, one afternoon last week I planted 65 bulbs mostly tulips and some crocuses too, my shoulders and back weren’t that pleased with me the next day though!!!

I also have planted up my pots and window boxes with lovely little pansies and violas, heathers and cyclamen to see me through the dark days until springtime.





Inside I’ve been making sweets from the lovely book ‘Sweets Made Simple’ by the wonderful Hope & Greenwood, I’m sure many of you in the UK watched their fabulous TV series.

Last week I made some Cinder Toffee and the previous week I made Coconut Ice which unfortunately didn’t get photographed before it was all eaten. There is so much more in the book I want to try.


I’ve also been autumn bunny making, I’ve not quite finished them all yet but I hope to have an autumn bunny parade to share with you all some time next week.


I would like to thank all of you who left comments on my two French posts, I’m so glad you all enjoyed having a look around those two marvelous homes with me.

As a little thank you to all my very loyal blog friends I decided to have a secret giveaway.

I brought back some lovely Provençal lavender from the Marche de Fleurs in Nice along with some lavender soap with a giveaway in mind, I’ve also added a little spool of lavender spotty ribbon which although not from France looks lovely along with the other two items.

So if you left a comment on either French post you were entered into the draw and if you left a comment on both posts (thank you) you had two entries.

So with every entry being allocated a number and the random number generator used the winner of my secret giveaway was Simone!! I’ll get it posted off to you soon Simone.


Thank you to all of you who take the time to pop by here and leave a comment, I really do appreciate it!

I just wish I had a bag of lavender for you all!

Wishing you all a wonderful new week. 🙂

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ali October 20, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Beautiful photos of your garden……some of my summer bedding is still going strong. Looking forward to the bunny parade and congrats to Simone.

B. Géraldine October 20, 2014 - 4:35 pm

I wish a wonderful week too ! ah ah !! lavender soaps and stuffs…. appreciated here too ! Very generous from you ! Hugs …

ginaferrari October 20, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Your winter pots look beautiful. I never think to plant my pots in the winter so I may have to remedy that! Well done Simone… A lovely gift to receive. The bunnies look very cute altogether in their box like that

Simone October 20, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Vivienne – I am thrilled to bits to have won the secret giveaway! Being a serial comment leaver has its good points! I can just imagine the smell of the lavender right now – beautiful! Thank you so, so much. x

Madelief October 20, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Congratulations to Simone! What a lucky she is. Your bunnies looks beautiful as always!

Madelief x

Helenjean October 20, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Well done simone. I need to get out there and get bulbs etc sorted too

Anne D.T. October 20, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Lucky and lovely lavender!! 0-; Can’t wait to see your tulips and crocus, this spring, Vivienne. Here’s to all things floral and bunny!!
Anne D.T. xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons October 20, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Oh Vivienne that was so sweet of you! Congratulation to Simone! Love all the prettiness at your house and the tasty sweetness you’ve been making. Looks so delicious. Love the way you displayed the October bunnies! Enjoy the week, xoRobin

Elizabeth October 21, 2014 - 7:17 am

The colours of the pansies and violas so beautiful, I am looking forward to all the tulips Vivienne a lot of work planting 65 bulbs. Bunches of bunnies a delight. Keep enjoying life. Love & Blessings. Elizabeth

Debbie Seton October 21, 2014 - 11:27 am

Your pots look lovely – I’m wondering what that pretty little white and pink ‘star-like’ flower is – too pretty! Bunnies look lovely as always and cinder toffee too! 🙂 I never saw that TV series – will look out for it on the cable channels xxx

Jill October 21, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Hi Vivienne, your pots are looking lovely. I’ve also been planting some Spring Pots up with Tulip, daffodil and iris bulbs – on the strict instruction of Monty Don. I’m an avid watcher of Gardener’s World and it helps me loads with my own garden. Especially when to plant stuff out.
I’m loving that photo of all your pretty little bunnies outside in their fancy box :0)
Hope all’s well with you and I hope you’re managing to enjoy some glorious Autumn sun. It’s was fabulous here over the weekend.
Take care
Jill xx

Karen October 21, 2014 - 2:42 pm

I love the bunnies in the box, so cute! My tulip bulbs are still in the cellar…..: do you want to come and help me? 🙂 xo

Jennifer October 21, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Your pots are so pretty, Vivienne. I’m thinking about putting some tulip bulbs in pots this fall to see what they do. I’ve always liked the look. It was nice of you to do a giveaway, what a surprise. Thank you for the chance and congrats to Simone.

Gill October 21, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Your pots look lovely and have given me an idea now of what to pop on top of my bulbs! I havent planted as many as you, you will have a wonderful display in the Spring! Makes me want to rush out now for more!
The October bunnies are wonderful, so cute.
Lucky Simone, what a lovely surprise giveaway – the ribbon is so pretty and the French lavender and soap must smell divine.
Enjoy what mild days we have – bit colder here this week I think, and wet and windy, but the weekend and yesterday were like summer!
Gill xx

helen philipps October 21, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Such a lovely post, your flower colours are gorgeous, and I love the French crate filled with autumn bunnies! Congratulations to Simone on winning your secret giveaway, such a fun idea, and delicious gifts!!
Hoping the weather where you are is better than it is here…..and wishing you a happy week, Vivienne.
Helen xox

Jane October 22, 2014 - 7:35 am

Good morning dear Vivienne, your post has a wonderful vintage feel to it and I can almost smell the lavender…beautiful. How kind to run a giveaway, what a lovely surprise for Simone. Your little crate of bunnies really made me smile…how beautiful they all are. Enjoy the week xx

Mia October 22, 2014 - 9:00 am

Dear Vivienne,

Oh how beautiful your October days are (and so very different to us here!), so many flowers still blooming… Wonderful! And those autumn-girls of yours are so so pretty too, and what a fantastic image of them in that box, very clever!

I wish you happy and sunny October days!


Annie October 23, 2014 - 12:00 am

Lucky Simone, lavender soap is my favourite.

I’m loving the box of bunnies. They all look really happy in there 🙂

Pam October 24, 2014 - 8:58 am

Love those winter pots – time for me to get sorted too I think. And those bunnies in the crate are just truly delicious. Not surprised the coconut ice didn’t get photographed in time – my favourite homemade sweets. P xx

Pam October 24, 2014 - 8:59 am

And happy days for Simone – that’s a very good way to do a giveaway! x

Lilia October 26, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Your garden is so pretty, and your bunnies in the box are super cute! I am currently slowly working on one of these too.

Julie October 27, 2014 - 8:02 pm

we have been so lucky so far this autumn to have had such good weather and it shows in your beautiful garden. Let’s hope it continues for a while longer, I don’t feel ready for winter yet!

thelinencat & rockcottageyear November 14, 2014 - 11:29 am

I’m so far behind with my reading that I fear your lovely last autumnal days in the garden have turned to wet, muddy winter mush as it has here 🙁 Still, I guess it couldn’t last forever. Lovely photos in this post, I have the H&G book but have not used it yet, that cinder toffee looks fab! Hope it’s not raining with you. Bethxx

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