Monday, 29 October 2012

An Autumn Wander

Black Bryony climbing up the fences

Here are a few snippets of beauty, taken this afternoon in the field beside our house. Bryony is so striking, but as you might have guessed, not nice to eat.

Blackberry brambles turning red

The blackberries were everywhere this year. Millions of them. We made 32 pounds of jam but made not one dent in the numbers.

 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. Psalm 104:24

Oaks have such pretty autumn leaves

There are several old oak trees scattered around and give me a reassuring sense of history. Some are about 200 years old.

Clover flowers

In the olden days, home-makers filled their pillows with clover to make them smell sweet.

New post about pretty touches for the home, and using containers, coming soon.


  1. I've been enjoying your blog for about a month now, and love it.

    I'm just so envious that you have berries that are so prolific! Our city lot is very shady, having almost no direct sun in any part of it, with soil that is, well, tired. We tried to plant blackberries but had no luck. I long for a good big collection of berry bushes! Enjoy.

    Sibyl, USA

  2. Your photographs are gorgeous! The red color on the bryony is quite stunning!

    So glad I found your delightful blog!

    Blessings! :)

    1. Nice to see you Mara. Thank you - I really like bryony because it's so bright. I took these pictures on a very ancient mobile phone - pointed, clicked and hoped for the best. Most of them were blurry but at least I got four nice ones

  3. Hello Sibyl.Thank you for your encouraging comments. I'm glad you enjoy visiting. We have a lot of shade in our little garden too, and it is very limiting isn't it? On the small sunny side we have one or two raspberry canes which are prolific and a blackcurrant bush which produces fruit so sour and never improves! I'm not an expert by any means, but is it possible to get hold of some Manure from a stables or something? When people I know put manure on their garden it has very good results. In our case, because the garden is so small, we just have a compost bin for kitchen waste and we also collect nettles and make nettle fertiliser. It smells terrible but is very good.