Attractive autumn Spanish gardens

Attractive autumn gardens

With continuing sunny days after some heavy autumn showers, storms in some places, gardens are bright with the colour of autumn flowers and brilliant green deciduous and evergreen leaves. They are a joy to stroll around, work in as some trimming back of rain stimulated growth is needed plus it’s time to plant and sow many overwintering vegetables, sit in and enjoy entertaining friends for lunch as the temperatures in the mid twenties at mid day are now very comfortable. They are again great places to live in after some extremely hot summer and early autumn days.

Paella lunches

Wednesday this week was the 9th October the day of the annual Valencia Day Fiesta. One of the special days of the year when fully fledged Valencia Paellas are cooked as we did for a group of international friends. Yes Dick is the chef and the author of the popular book ‘Your personal guide to making Authentic Valencian Paellas’. He followed the book to the letter and many of the essential ingredients were harvested from his garden including the butter lima and red runner beans, garlic, red pepper, globe artichokes, tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, rabbit, chicken, egg,  and parsley. How they are used is described in the book along with the history of the Valencian paella . We will have another paella party before the end of the month, perhaps for Halloween as a change from pumpkin soup bread vegetable and desserts although some large pumpkins are in store.


Spanish Paella cook book

‘Your personal guide to making Authentic Valencian Paellas’ ISBN 978-1482776058  is now available worldwide from Amazon Books. It makes a good present as well as an addition to your own collection of cook books.


Living well from your garden book

Our original locally printed book has been updated and re-published as ‘Living well from our garden – Mediteranean style’  ISBN 978-1484873632 and is also available from Amazon Books. Although based on our experience of living in Spain for twenty five years the concepts and content will be of interested to gardeners where ever they live worldwide if they are interested in protecting and improving the health of their family.


(c) Dick Handscombe October 2013