Savouring November: A Seasonal Guide
November is the month where the darkness creeps in. It’s a month for keeping warm and drinking mugs of Cacao.
It’s also a month for enjoying the last strands of autumnal beauty before winter sets in. The Guy Fawkes celebrations provide a smoky backdrop and the weather changes from glorious autumn sunshine to grey and gloomy.
For me, November is the month where I find myself slowing down my pace. The busy-ness of the summer holidays seems like a distant memory as the mornings become slow and intentional. Mugs of tea are savoured, slowly, and walks spent soaking up the low autumn sunshine become my meditation.
Seasonal Living in November
IN THE GARDEN
Feed the birds. Focus on high-fat foods to help them through the winter such as peanuts, suet and fat balls.
Lift pots and containers from the ground using bricks or terracotta pot feet to stop them from getting waterlogged in the wetter weather.
Plant spring bulbs such as tulips. Plant tulips at three times their depth, in pots or the ground. Group together in containers for a splash of colour in the spring or dot amongst existing shrubs and perennials.
RITUALS IN NOVEMBER
Take a mediative walk in nature. Observe and contemplate the colors, aromas, sounds, and other sensations of the season.
Place an Autumnal wreath on your front door. Create displays with pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, acorns, and apples.
NATURE IN NOVEMBER
Many animals are entering hibernation to help them through the winter.
Some plants produce beautiful seed heads, such as hogweed and teasel, which are valuable as food for birds, but also as stems in which insects can overwinter.
Whooper and Bewick’s swans return for the winter. Wildfowl gather in abundance on lakes and reservoirs.
Winter berries fill the hedgerows with flashes of red and white.
Seasonal eating in November
Hardy vegetables fill our tables - Carrots, beetroot, leeks, parsnips, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, winter cabbages and squash.
Cranberries, clementines and pomegranates begin to make an appearance. Apples and Pears are still in abundance.
Nuts are plentiful.
Duck, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, partridge, pheasant and venison are in season.
Ingredient of the month
Cranberries are the deep-red, tart fruit of a low, scrubby, woody bog plant.
Make them into a tart sauce to accompany duck, pair with brie or mushrooms or make a delicious autumnal tart.
Essential Oils for November
The oil of abundance. Wild Orange represents the infinite stream of abundance we can always tap into. It's uplifting and energising properties are perfect for this time of year, as we head into winter.
Warm, spicy and sweet, Cinnamon is the perfect oil for this time of year. It’s aroma is the epitome of this season and it can be diluted with a carrier oil to create a warming massage for cold, achy joints.