Autumn Feeling


With the damp, misty starts and colours turning it is beginning to feel very Autumnal.  It is a season I love.  Today was warm, the rain was warm and the sheep in the next field stood sheltering, all still, but for chewing, and I caught their thick lanolin smell heavy in the air.

I smelled soil too.


Walking home from the workshop I got drenched – enjoyable wet – everything was freshened and glistened with drips.  The hedgerows are beginning to bear fruit, I found sloe, blackberry, hips and hawthorn.  A dotty spread of vivid  berry colour invited me to pick for supper.


One year I spent time in November pricking sloes (and myself) for making gin, but am happy to enjoy them on the bush for birds this time – or perhaps in a chocolate or two.


I’ve just read what sounds to be a lovely recipe for a warming nature cordial in Landscape Magazine  which I’m going to try

Ginger, rosehip and orange cordial

900g Rosehips (mixed with hawthorn berries if you like)
100ml orange juice
6 tbsp of runny honey
10 cloves
5 slices of ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon

There is a bit of boiling up, sieving and simmering to do, but it sounds good to me – tempted?


Some of the blackberries didn’t last until I got home!



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