Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Autumn Days

I'm back from my trip to Sussex - more on that later. At the moment everywhere I look I can see more tasks that need to be done NOW! I'm beavering away getting the garden ready for winter - something that always takes much longer than I expect. Partly this is because I'm always being distracted by robins following me around looking for juicy tidbits or singing away on an apple branch, or by startled toads who've been snoozing under the thick growth that I'm cutting back. That results in both of us leaping into the air because we are taken by surprise, then I have to speak gently and usher it towards a bit that is going to stay undisturbed. Apples are also awaiting my attention, they are falling early and in great numbers before I've had chance to pick them so being windfalls they have to be dealt with quickly. Not easy as my damaged thumb still objects in no uncertain terms to long sessions of peeling and chopping. Nevertheless last night I managed to produce a couple of cinnamon apple crumbles to go in the freezer and later on today I'll try for some more plus an apple cake. I'll have to see how my thumb is feeling about it! For now it's back out into the garden.


Jeanne said...

Hi Rowan!

Thanks for stopping in at my blog! Quilting is fun -- I'm sure you can learn it -- but you're already doing so many interesting things! I browsed through your entries and photos, and I'm enchanted.


Remiman said...

Welcome back!
My computer screen is on the fritz making it difficult to impossible to post.
I'll be able to do limited posting from work.
will comment further from there tomorrow.

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said... crumble! And those apples are so nice and red and I like that bench. The little guy is cute too.
That flower you were asking about does look like a delphinium but it`s actually a larkspur.
Hope your finger is getting better :)


plainandsimple said...

Hi Rowan
I hope you had a good time in Sussex. My garden is the same - I'm chutney making at the minute - the courgettes have become amrrows so what else do I do with them!lol!

Patty said...

Beautiful photos ! Its just so much fun to play in the woods, and forget that we are to be gardening : )

Wendy WaterBirde said...

I just discovered your blog through Plain and Simple, and already I love it! Your photos in particular are just breathtaking, and I have used one from this post on my Table Tales blog, hope thats okay. You set a most inspiring cooking table Rowan : )

Looking forward so much to following your blog, and linking to it as well : )

Blessings, Wendy