I made elderberry royale to stash away for New Year's Eve - it's delicious in champagne or fizzy wine).
I also picked sloe berries which I will freeze (to give the 'first frost' effect- I have a feeling the frosts will be long after the berries have gone this year!) and then I will pack the berries into 1/2 a bottle of gin to make a yummy sloe gin for Christmas.
Aren't the colours of elderberry beautiful: lime green leaves with red stalks, and purple/black berries.
I had a little sketching time today in the garden and have been drawing the berries I picked.
I just finished reading Pollyanna - haven't read it since I was very young but have always maintained 'the gladness game' (the idea is to think of a positive for every negative situation - she was very good at it). I didn't remember reading that her father was a minister or that he had told her the Bible tells us to giving thanks, be joyous or be glad 800 times!
I love my new Kindle, I am reading two books a week now as I find it much quicker and easier, the daily deals are fantastic value and I have found Grimms Fairy Tales, The Water Babies and Aesopps Fables to read at night - so many favourites - most of them free! If you haven't read fairy tales since childhood you really should - they have so much hidden depth and mystery, moral and adventure.
That's all for now - another walk in the woods planned for the weekend with Scrappy the borrowed dog and hopefully time for a little painting.