Heh heh 🙂 But it is not here yet.
I would love to have a cold winter. Hard frosts and clear blue skies, blizzards and deep snow. Fizz and I have never played snow balls or made snow angels or built a snow dog. That would all make for some memorable photographs.
I think that we are going to get mud. That’s what we had last year. Grey skies, rain and floods and mud on mud. It’s not so good.
It’s sunshine Fizz. You remember sunshine don’t you?
It’s warm and it makes you feel sleepy.
She can have a little cat-nap while I photograph some berries.
These are Sloe Berries, the fruit of the Blackthorn. They are traditionally used to flavour Sloe Gin but I like to eat them straight of the tree.
They do have a large pip but also a lot of flesh and they are very juicy. The have an astringent quality, they leave your mouth feeling dry and puckered, the only cure for this is to eat another one.
A lot of people find them too tart and they are just a nibble for me, I have never sat down and ate a bowlful. The flavour is supposed to sweeten after the first frosts but I can never wait and I have been eating them since the end of August.
This has been a very good year for Sloe berries.
Come on we have got sunshine to see.
It is nice out but recent rains have left the tracks a bit muddy. I suppose that it is time to get the old Wellies out of storage.
We shall look back and laugh at this soon.
Looking back at old photo’s I think that perhaps this year I should invest in waders or a full body wet suit. In this next picture she thinks that I am drowning and is trying to administer the kiss of life.
Come on it is not that wet yet. Well, not for me anyway 🙂
Our next berry is Black Bryony. This one is deadly poisonous of the painful blistering variety, you wouldn’t eat one. Now that leaves are falling from the trees this is becoming more evident as it scrambles about in the hedgerow.
You might want to clean yourself up a bit, I can’t really take you home like that.