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autumn delight

Autumn is the time of year where I feel most connected to my UK roots, with the crisp leaves and return of chestnuts, apples and pears, I’m really comforted by it all. My Italian mother in law brought over a sprig of holly for me last weekend, as she knows it reminds me of winter ‘back home’ as it does her, I can’t get over the colour of those plump red berries. She also brought with her a bowl full of the sweetest home grown mandarins, still attached to the the branch, with leaves all glossy and fresh. This kind and generous gesture reminds me how connected we are to our history and culture by the foods we eat and ate as children. Just the smell of a peeling mandarin is enough to send me into a kaleidoscope of beautiful memories.

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