Five things we love this autumn

Conkers

This Autumn...

Nerines
1. ...we love the beautiful nerines and their ornate, long-lasting autumn blooms.

Tip: Choose a Nerine Sarniensis for frost-free greenhouse or conservatories. They grow best when planted spaciously in containers with a multipurpose compost and a gritty sand mixture.

2. ...conkers are making us smile. The history and reminder of childhood memories playing 'conkers'.

Tip: "...a great conker is one that has been stored in a dry place for at least a year. This matures it and makes it rock hard and therefore formidable..." - Roald Dahl

3. ...we're taking extra time to admire the refreshing sun light and the colours of the trees.

Tip: It's all about mindfulness, set aside some time to take a walk and observe the present moment, let your judgements roll by and be kind to your wandering mind.

4. ...we're practising the art of 'Fika'.

Tip: This Swedish word is hard to translate literally, but it essentially means 'to meet up, have a coffee break and a chit-chat' - it can often last for several hours.

5. ...baking is an essential part of our weekend routine.

Tip: Take a peek at our Roasted Fig and Almond Frangipane recipe or try your hand at making a big batch of our Pumpkin Soup.

What are you up to this autumn? We'd love to hear about your favourite things, new discoveries or activities your taking part in. Why not tweet us @alitex, tag us on Instagram @alitex_ or find us on Facebook @Alitex.

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