The first hints of Autumn have a arrived and after a glorious summer (don’t listen to old ladies who always say “We didn’t get much of a Summer!“) the plants shrubs and trees are brimming over with seeds and fruits.
The days have got cool enough that the gorse seed pods have stopped cracking but the blackened husks still weigh heavily on the browning limbs. The amount of fruit that is growing in both gardens and in the wild is incredible. The rosehips are huge and even the honeysuckle has produced berries this year – although these are poisonous.
My Mother says she has had her first Gean Berries since she was young. I had never even heard of them until she mentioned it – they are a type of wild cherry (Prunus Avium) which grow over much of Northern Europe – and even, apparently, Scotland. I have tried some and they are so sweet – really delicious!
The brambles are coming along nicely in the hedgerows at the back of the house and it will soon be time to take a little bucket – and full chainmail armour – and delve into the bushes to collect a few.
But as the days get shorter, morning walks with the dog are bathed in Autumn gold sunshine which shines on the early morning dew. The air is getting sharper, but for now It is great just to be able to enjoy the last of the longer days before Winter bites with darkness and cold. I’ve been getting up at 6:00 at out the door by 6:15 to enjoy the early morning light. The last few mornings I’ve only remembered to take my iPhone – hence the focussing issues with the camera as the shrubs blow gently in the wind – and the dog pulls somewhat less gently on the lead. But it’s time to take out the DSLR and hunt around the neighbourhood for some Autumn gold.