Bonjour octobre

[Hello October]

Hello, it’s 32°C out there.

This morning I went swimming. One last time before the French holidays come to an end.

Oh, this past month has been great. I’ve been enjoying the summer I never got this summer. I’ve been swimming and underwater-somersaulting. I’ve been jumping from reading those words. I’ve been spending long hours redesigning comme un lait fraise. I’ve been making chocolate cakes every other day. And giving more hugs and kisses than I thought I could.

Tonight, I will be in London. Hopefully under a rain coming from the trees – the best kind of rain, if you ask me. And with golden leaves on the pavement.

Yes, I’m looking forward to a proper autumn. In autumn this time, please.

The not-so official October happy-list could actually be very short this month. And perhaps, would go along the lines of: pumpkins and mushrooms and chestnuts. That’s all.

1. Making that garlic bread again.
2. The glow of rain drops under street lights.
3. Michelin guide! And really, I could have written Miiiiiiichelin guide and added a high-pitched voice.
4. Sharing one of my favourite chocolate cake. Nigella called it quadruple chocolate loaf for a reason.
5. Writing about apples and vanilla, for the market. And eating some too!
6. This cookie cutter. I’ve found a spot for it, on my bed-side table.
7. Mushroom soup. For dinners on the sofa.
8. Wearing a white jacket again. And an apron too.
9. Pumpkin risotto. With sage, perhaps.
10. Burning my fingers on roasted chestnuts. The ones held in a newspaper cone. And eaten through a walk at the park.

What are your three words for this October? And, of course, what are you looking forward to?


  1. My october happy-list:
    1. Making pies: apple pie, peanut butter cream pie, mushroom pie, fish pie.
    2. Walking while it rains.
    3. Looking at those golden and ruby leaves.
    4. Beginning School, my Writing School, again.
    5. Wearing my red hat and my red coat.

  2. I just moved to France and I’m obsessed with chestnuts! I’m lucky to have a few chestnut trees right downstairs from where I live so I go picking every other day and roast them. I can’t wait to eat kilos of chestnuts this seasons. Also, give marron glaces a shot. Other two things: apple pies and going out of my way to step on crunchy autumn leaves. Aaaaaaah.

  3. and what a BEAUTIFUL job you are doing with the site!

    3 october words…
    stew. braise. bake.

    wishes for the autumn….
    rainy walks. that beautiful fall light that comes when it is actually sunny outside-late afternoon, lonnng shadows on the sidewalks. the scent of neighbors fireplaces ;0 and so much baking and braising and all the smells that come from homey cooking in a tosty house.

    always a pleasure!

  4. Il y a les tartines beurre Bordier – miel d’oranger quand on rentre de promenades en forêt avec des feuilles dans les cheveux.
    Il y a les gaufres au chocolat pour réchauffer les doigts au bord des plages désertes.
    Il y a ma veste en laine avec son bouton en bois.
    Je te souhaite un bel automne Fanny!

  5. Ah! How I would love to say mushrooms but as we have no autumn here, that is just a dream…October is my favorite month though, because I celebrate my birthday :) So my three words would be party, cake, and kisses!

  6. Perhaps the main thing I’m really looking forward to about the colder months is pomegranate season, which I get more and more excited for with every passing day. I am also looking forward to more cold, rainy days, which means more time I can spend curled up with a hot cup of tea and a good book! :) I would have to say my three words this month are red, rain, and Rooibos…

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