Welcoming winter

Welcoming winter

By half past four the sun’s rays are fleeting. Shafts of light cross the garden floor, low where leaves lie, setting the liquidambar's colours on fire. Tomorrow, at bedtime, we’ll set the clocks back by a precious hour and be ready to welcome winter. The ritual of making a fire each evening makes up for [...]

Enchanted fruit

Enchanted fruit

One of my favourite places at this time of year is a lane at the end of the village that is lined with old fruit trees. Their gnarly branches and lichen-covered twigs lend a touch of enchantment. Tiny pears drop like magic fruits from leafless branches; rosy red apples hang from heavily laden boughs.  There's [...]

Pumpkin patch

Pumpkin patch

We visited our local farm shop at the weekend where a full field is given over to growing pumpkins. There they huddle; all shapes and sizes. Fat, orange ones glowing in the afternoon sun; mottled green ones looking suitably ghoulish. Our chosen pumpkin is now sitting in the cool of the porch looking very seasonal [...]