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Editorial Autumn 2015

Written by Nell Merionwen

All too soon the nights are drawing in as Autumn starts to peek its nose over the horizon.

We, at downsizer are still cleaving to the last flush of summer with the hope of a few warm days, but there is no denying there is a chill on the breeze.

Autumn is a time of gathering and harvest in the world of sustainable living. Thus, we are all busy, busy, busy on the plots. Have a look here for inspiration to keep yourself on the straight and narrow. Don't forget to save your seeds ready for next year. Maybe you could save them in your own origami seed packets.

All in all, it is this time of year that is traditionally a time of plenty. You may find yourselves with a hearty stock of vegetables to see you through the winter. Have a look at this article to find inspiration on storing your produce.

However, for those of us who like to bolster our stores with found and foraged goods you will find the hedgerows heaving with fruits, and the fungi is popping up all over the place. Do have a look here to find oodles of information and inspiration to keep you both busy and safe.

Then, when you have filled your baskets with berries, it is worth seeking out some of our expert advice on jam and jelly making for both recipes and know how.

If, however like many of us, you wish to utilise the fruits for something wholly more scandalous, have a look at the guide to wine making for all you will need. It will certainly help keep your toes warm over the coming months!

If, you wish for a more traditional way to keep those tootsies toasty, have a look at our how-to article on making felted slippers; or indeed, fend off the cool breeze in a hand made shawl as you enjoy the last of the sunshine.

We all know, only too well, how it is easy to hearken after the summer. But, here at downsizer we find autumn is a time of bounty, colour and plenty.

Please feel free to sign up and share your plans, stories, expertise or simply seek advice from our friendly forum.

Welcome aboard and enjoy.

Thanks to SandraR, Sally too, sally_in_wales, Jamanda, tai haku and Barefoot Andrew for the pics above.


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What's on

Why not celebrate the autumn's harvest at one of our own member's cider and juicing events? Alternatively, if music is your dish you could pop along to a local gig try Blowzabella for example. You can find many interesting reviews of all manner of things on our reviews and what's on page.



Want to keep it ethical? Have a look at our downsizer traders section and forum based trading pages to find ethical, hand made and locally produced, food, gifts and other essentials.

Know how

Little Knitted Pumpkins

Give your crafting a seasonal Halloween edge with sally_in_wales Little Knitted Pumpkins


Fairycake Bath Fizzies

Add some fizz to your stocking with sally_in_wales delicious Fairycake Bath Fizzies.


Sewing for knitting

Keep all your knitting essentials organised and tidy with Cathryn's knitting needle roll. You will never need to search the back of the sofa for that errant needle again.


A darn too far: quilts made from old jeans

Don't throw those care worn jeans away. Give them a new lease of life with Cathryn's patchwork quilt.


How to Rebatch Soap

Take a bland soap and experiment with texture, scent and colour with this easy to follow method from sally_in_wales.


Peach Jam

Preserve the taste of Summer for the Winter Months with Green Rosie's scrumptious Peach Jam


Cooking a Pig's Head

No need to be daunted by using up everything but the oink with this great article by Colour It Green: Cooking a Pig's Head


Winter Spiced Jelly

Use up the Autumn cooking apple windfall with gardening-girl's delicious Winter Spiced Jelly


Mixed rice with chickpeas, raisins & herbs

Give simple rice the wow factor with Jamanda's mixed rice with chickpeas, raisins & herbs


What to do with an egg glut

What to do with an egg glut emergency. Solve your conundrum with Nell Merionwen's article.