Tuesday, 1 November 2016


 November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows

With night coming early
And dawn coming late
And ice in the bucket
And frost on the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing
And earth sinks to rest
Until next Spring.

Did you learn this little poem by Clyde Watson when you were in the early years of school? It's kind of cute although I doubt we'll see any snow in November. Not impossible but unlikely for our area.

 My Christmas cactus, both the red and the white one, are setting buds.                                   

                     It's time to stir up a fruit cake.....

 Here it is 2 hours later. Sure smells good. I can never understand why so many people say they don't like fruit cake. I must admit I'm not a fan of the bought ones, but homemade?  Yum!

           Rather an uninspiring post today but I did want to wish you all a happy November.

                   Granny Marigold


  1. It's so hard to believe it's November already. This year really went fast!
    Your fruitcake looks great...but I must admit--I'm "on of those". Guess I like chocolate and other bad things too much.

  2. Happy November to you too. I am a great fan of fruit cake and consider it a lovely treat.

  3. Oh I love your post today! I've never heard that poem, but those kinds of poems are my favorite. All of a sudden, I want some house plants. Your Christmas cactus are so pretty, and I miss having african violets in the kitchen window. Then I saw that big pretty spider plant when we were in Missouri. Maybe I'll look in Walmart. I love fruit cake too and plan to make one soon.

  4. Hi GM! I love fruit cake talk! Not boring at all! Is it time to make it and then soak it in brandy? Do tell!

  5. My Christmas cactus apparently have their seasons mixed up; they don't bloom until late Jan, then bloom until early April! I am a big fan of fruitcake, one of my favorite things during the holidays.

  6. I love my homemade fruit cake too.
    My orange "Christmas cactus" is blooming now. It is in fact a Halloween cactus!

  7. Happy November, thanks for the poem I have not heard it before. I don't like fruitcake...so I don't make it! :)

  8. What a sweet poem!

    I love home made fruit cake. I must get a Christmas cactus, I used to have one years ago and you have reminded me. I already have a collection of cacti, so it would be nice to have another.

  9. Nope, I never learned that poem. It's a good one for this month.
    Your Christmas cactus look great. Always fun to watch them come into bloom.
    I don't think I've ever tasted a homemade fruitcake. I can take or leave the store bought ones. When I do eat them I prefer them with plenty of pecans.

  10. Ive never had homemade fruitcake. The store bought ones are ok, but not something I want a lot of. I liked your poem, it's perfect for November. My Christmas Cactus (red) has started to bloom too.

  11. Your post makes me feel quite nostalgic...baking fruitcake reminds me of Mom and her early November ritual of baking them in those heavy loaf pans, soaking them in brandy and then having them "age" till Christmas. It really comes down to being the ritual of a family recipe and the longer the ritual continues, the more it becomes a part of the traditions of Christmas, doesn't it? Unfortunately, my family is unfamiliar with this ritual or tradition (blame is on me for that). Because I don't make it, it's a special treat for me to have a slice of homemade fruitcake - yours looks delicious! Yum!

  12. I loved my mom's fruitcakes. They were mostly pecans, dates and maraschino cherries, with just enough cake to hold it together. Every year I think I'll bake one...and then I figure out the cost of ingredients and change my mind! :) Yours looks great, and a different version from what I know. Happy November!

  13. I love fruitcake! I really should have a go at making one this Christmas. Most of that candied fruit puts me off now though, so will have to find some decent dried fruit. Your's looks delicious!