November the month of mists and chills, as days end early and endless nights begin

November’s sky is chill and drear,
November’s leaf is red and sear.

Sir Walter Scott
View of Dyrham Park house over the lake.
Dyrham Park

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Notable Dates in November

Mid September to November (TBC) – Matlock Bath Illuminations

4th November – New Moon

5th November – Bonfire Night

5th November – The tar barrels of Ottery St. Mary

TBA November – Longleat Festival of Light

6th November – Bridgewater Carnival

19th November – Micro Full Moon

30th November – St Andrew’s Day

November seasonal Foods

What is seasonal in November.

Greens and leaves: Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Kale, Lamb’s lettuce, Lettuce, Pak choi, Radicchio, Salsify, Swiss chard.

Roots and other veg: Beetroot, Celeriac, Celery, Globe artichoke, Jerusalem artichoke, Leek, Onion, Parsnip, Peas, Pumpkin, Quince, Runner bean, Spring onion, Swede, Sweet potato, Turnip.

Meat: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Grouse, Goose, Guinea fowl, Lamb, Pork, Venison.

Fruit: Chestnut, Cranberry, Pear.

Seafood: Crab, Mussels, Oyster.

Exotics: Banana, Clementine, Date, Pomegranate.

In nature

Getting ready for winter

For more inspiration see the Nature Blog

On the Farm

Grass deteriorates in quality and will stop growing soon.

Tup sales.

House cows. Feed livestock. Male calves castrated before the onset of frost.

Ploughing and continued late drilling of wheat and barley.

Fungi growing out of  a tree trunk

Things to do in November

In the November garden

What to plant and sow

Gardening hints

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Out and about

Also see the Out and about Blogs

Days and nights draw even.

Plant seed head covered in frost.
Frosty seeds

Recipe of the month.

Vegi Toad in the hole

I love toad in the hole. I do like sausages and Yorkshire pudding. IT is nice to have a vegetarian option: vegi sausages can work but can often run dry or tough – or have an unsatisfactory texture. This seems to work better for a Vegetarian option.


180g plain flour

3 large free-range eggs

280ml whole milk

2 tbsp wholegrain mustard

300g baby heritage carrots

2 red onions

1 red chilli

1 tsp paprika

4 tbsp Vegetable (Canola) oil



Deep 30cm x 20cm roasting tin

Mixing bowl (for the batter)


Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.

Peel Carrots.

Peels and cut onions into wedges.

Finely slice chilies (seeds for more heat)


I think this goes very well with some carrots, (roast spuds if you are making them, or a bit of mash – potato or root), and lots of greens: depending on how the season is and your taste, Sprouts, Winter cabbage, Kale, Calibrase or if lucky sprouting broccoli.

For more inspiration see the Food Blogs

Frost covered plants in the foreground with a sunny distant view
First frosts

Activities, things to see and do in November

With lengthening days arise more opportunities to get out and about. To see what is happening in nature and the countryside. There is also a lot more to see as they year really starts to get going.

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