Woolen this, wicker that…

We’ve just returned from a ten-day roadmance to Prince Edward Island, aka PEI. I’ll be tapping out the highlights from that trip in later posts. For now, let’s just say that we covered a little under 4000 km or 2485 miles. Wahoo!

We’ve ticktocked around to my favorite season of the year — autumn, aka fall. We’ve sidled right by the autumnal equinox, and I can certainly feel it in my neck of Canadaland.

We’re getting overnight temps dipping into the 30s and morning temps in the 40s, hovering in the high 50s/low 60s for the rest of the day. This will go on for several days, followed by a day of 75 Fahren.

Mama Autumn is a trickster.

Autumn rolls around and I am reveling. Reveling, I say. I love the color of the sky, the fluff of the clouds, the deep hues of the landscape. I love the food, the clothes, the smell of autumn.

I am Autumn Girl.

When we roadmance for the day — or ten — we take this:

This was a wedding present in the year of our Lord ? . You didn’t expect me to say, did you? It was a wedding present. A beloved wedding present. We’ve made more than a few memories with this blanket. We plan to make a few more.

This is probably why. It’s a fine woolen blanket. With proper care, it will last forever. For all I know, it was made in 1845. Thank you, Amana.

I call it a football blanket because of its size. You might call it something else.

For a roadmance, we add a cooler of food and drink, and this:

I can’t even remember where I found this little wicker basket. We used to fill it with Barbie dolls and clothes for visiting children to play with. Our wee Lego lover wasn’t fond of Barbie, a favorite birthday gift given girl-to-girl. So we packed them in this little basket, where they waited patiently for a Barbie lover to walk through the door.

It’s the perfect size for a couple of durable plastic plates and cutlery, a small cutting board, napkins, Ziploc bags for waste, and a folding fruit knife Mr. G, honey bought from — wait for it — Lee Valley. I used it to hack off chunks of delicious cheese we found at the Riverview Country Market while we were on PEI. Don’t tell.

This is what we do, especially in autumn.

What about you? Do you enjoy an autumn picnic? Got a favorite blanket or basket you use?

It’s good to be home.

Monday’s in the house.