Season of mists and…blah, blah, blah…

So, Autumn has arrived. Here in the UK, it’s arrived with sunny days and fairly warm temps, but I’m not ready to let summer go yet. I’m a summer baby and seem to thrive best with warmer weather and brighter skies. Put me on a beach with a pina colada and I’m a happy woman 🙂

Well, if we have to have autumn (and by extension, winter) it’s currently not all bad. The trees are looking amazing in their burnished glory, and there are some interesting little late-flowering plants popping up in the garden.

20180910_100958Walks with Vivvy are always interesting, but this autumn I’m finding them even more so. A city girl born and bred, I absolutely love living in the country. Around the village where we live there are fabulous walks, and they’re always journeys of discovery.

Recently, I discovered a new walk to the next village a few miles away which took us by acres of what I’ve named the bamboo fields, although I’m sure they’re not (Kit will probably put me right on this). I spent a fun ten minutes playing hide-and-seek with Vivvy, and now, when we go that route, she runs into the bamboo and looks out to me as if to say “come on mum, time to play”.20180910_101131

I also found plump, juicy blackberries growing wild and grabbed a couple of handfuls in an unused poo-bag (sorry) so we had a lovely apple and blackberry crumble at supper that night 🙂 There are copious amounts of sloes at the moment, reminding me that one day I’m going to attempt sloe gin (side note: I spent years thinking the sloes were blueberries – don’t laugh, city girl, right?)

So, all in all, I can’t complain about the demise of summer. At least, not quite yet 🙂

8 responses to “Season of mists and…blah, blah, blah…

  1. I really like fall. Like you I love the colors they are amazing. We are enjoying perfect weather at the moment. Vivvy looks to be the perfect walking buddy. You can’t help but enjoy life when she is around.

  2. Sounds like you a Vivvy have found a fun past time!! The blackberries look lovely. LOL On the sloes. 🙂 I love fall. It’s still brutally hot where I am so enjoy yours for me a bit! Jillian

  3. I love that Miss Vivvy plays hide-and-seek. As long as she doesn’t hide for TOO long. And I’ll be dipped. I had no idea sloe was a berry. I learned something. Cooler nights came quickly here with September, but we’re currently experience an indian summer. I love fall, but I’ll enjoy this sunshine while I can.

  4. I’m glad that sloe thing was news to you too, Laurie. Must admit I felt a bit daft when the lady I met in the lane told me. Enjoy your sunshine 🙂

  5. Yes, autumn is certainly good here at the moment despite the cold nights. I think your bamboo is possibly willow, a lot is grown in Somerset. Gather ye blackberries and sloes whilst they’re about and freeze. PS Blackberry and sloe gin so easy to make too. Reminds me, I must get some on the go ready for Christmas, if it lasts that long, that is. Give Miss Vivvy a hug from me. x 🙂

  6. Love this post, I am ready to hibernate too but keep pushing on. I’ve never got around to making sloe gin – had the sloes no gin, drank the gin – no sloes! BUT I love drinking it, so smooth and moreish.
    , let me know if you have samples. Missed the blackberries this year so won’t be eating any at Christmas, family tradition!

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