It's a damp day. The sort that no matter how bundled up you are, the dampness finds a way to creep into your bones.
Twigs and pinecones to be used as kindling, and armfuls of freshly axed logs have been gathered from the wild, as one of the many chores of the day can be ticked off the list. It's time to put them to work and dry off after a good days jobs, jobbed.
The scent of woodsmoke is pure magic. It dances around the fireplace and fills the air with its comforting smell, all crackles and pops, reminding me that Guy Fawkes night is just around the corner.
With the fire alight, my tummy rumbles. Supper is calling and there is only one thing I want to eat.
Autumn feels like the most appropriate time to celebrate the joys of smoked food, and there is none so good as a delicately smoked slab of sustainably caught Haddock from our local waters.
It has to be this, from our dear friend Gill Meller. He's cleverly gathered together some of the best things in life; smoked fish, farmhouse cheddar and beer!
A just reward for a good days graft.