It has been fabulously hot here so days off have been spent mostly in the garden reading library books, berry picking in the woods or hopping on trains to |Brighton beach randomly. Not much housework is being done, the grass needs cutting and the car needs washing, but these days are too precious to waste and I feel compelled to fill them with as much goodness and treats as possible.
Hubby and I found a new route to woods in a direction we had never explored. The reward was the most ancient elderberry trees we have ever seen in one place.
There was over 4 hours walking and we got totally lost! I was afraid it would get dark, then we got caught in rain, but it worked out (we walked with carrier bags on our heads and sheltered under trees). It was really fun as it was all new to our eyes.
These beautiful bright shiny red berries look very much like red currant but are red bane berry, very poisonous - just six berries can finish you off... I picked a stem to check their identity at home, but it should be noted this is not wise, our skins are very absorbent and gloves should be worn... note to self be more careful in future, silly.
I saw an abundance of sloe berries, it's going to be a bumper crop this year - they look beautiful and plump but are still very hard, so I will wait as long as possible for them to ripen before picking (to make sloe gin which would be very bitter if picked too early and then need additives to rectify).
There is a lot of farmland around here, despite bordering suburbia, and there are many walks we haven't yet done. Now the boys are grown up we are venturing further afield.
The walk involved a lot of elderberry and blackberry picking, so much I had no place to put it all so I cooked up my fruit cordial as soon as I got home. I had kept some lovely old fashioned lemonade bottles that look really pretty for this purpose.
Despite the hot weather the UK is enjoying, the woods tell another story - it's definitely Autumn here, full of seeds, berries and nuts. The landscape colour is changing to Autumn tones and even our little garden is changing, the flowers are getting tired and starting to seed.
|fabulous golden rod growing wild on edge of woodland|
I have been to Brighton so many times this month I will bore you but never tire of a train ride, a spot on the beach with a book and a take away lunch from Taj asian supermarket (falafel wrap). Days off are being crammed as I don't want any regrets when we sink into Winter... when we are back to being indoors I will dust off my sewing machine I think.
The charity shops have had an abundance of amazing shoes lately. I used to wear shoes like this but could never stay upright in them these days!They do look fabulous but are not for me. It was fun to play dressing up and try them though.
|room for two?|
Thank you for your kind comments on my silk paint post, for visiting and being a friendly blogger. I will be back sometime when things slow down and there is time to ponder.....