Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mmmm..The Sweet Smell of Blackberries...

Having revived my love of Jam making a few weeks ago when I made raspberry jam, (sorry I haven't figured out how to subtly link back to previous posts..., however I put it in in order to create context if you haven't read that specific post on which I'm blethering about...!!!)  anyway... SOOOO....,,,

 I became inspired by  the last of the season blackberries and decided to make seedless blackberry jam, (or jelly as some folks call it.)  In England "Jelly" is something that we make for a child's birthday party, or use in a trifle..., usually very brightly colored, containing gelatin or "Jello" as its known in this part of the world. Anyway, I digress...  Making jam is very satisfying..., and as most of the jars of raspberry jam have already  been eaten or given away as gifts... I set to and made some dark and delicious blackberry jelly...    I had to take some photo's, because I love the color combination of Black and Green, and its not one I see very often...

I love the faded green of the squash, the velvet blackness of the viola's (Viola Sorbet - Black Delight,) and of course the little jars of lustrous purply black jelly.....  its so...., rich...

Do you have favorite color combinations that just make you light up inside when you see them???

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Season's Of Mist...

This morning I woke to the muffled, mournful sound of the ferryboat horn,  sending out its warning moans into the hazy fog of the Puget Sound...  I love these early fall mornings... heavy dew dripping from the shrubs and trees..., the fog seems to soften and mellow all the sounds of the morning... outside,  everything seems more accessible in a way, more exposed..., as if all the leaves and fruits know that this is their last hurrah, and want to say something before they fall, and surrender to the coldness...

Little by little, I am being coaxed by this natural world around me, to let go of the "idea" of summer and allow Autumn to be gently ushered in...  If I'm honest with myself, when I fully pay attention and see the beauty that is all around me..., I actually love this time of year, as John Keats wrote in his poem "To Autumn," now is the "season of mists, and mellow fruitfulness."... and its beautiful...

To Autumn
~ By John Keats

Season of Mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, an plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store:
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours

Where are the songs of spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, -
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hill bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

For those of you who like to have their poetry read to them, check out this link  to the BBC's recording of some of John Keats poems... - lovely...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Nip In The Air...

Yesterday I took some time to practice with my new camera, out in the garden, camera in one hand, cup of tea in the other, I couldn't help but notice a little nip in the air...  Chickadees flitted about my head as I tried to get a good shot of them..., I think they'll perch and linger longer, once they get used to me...  This one little fellow was fairly obliging..., but at a distance... I love my zoom lens...

I love these little Chinese Lanterns Physalis

Last of the blackberries...

Bright red Hawthorne berries...

The swallows gather in a fir tree, they seemed fidgety, ready for 
heading south...

With the threat of cold weather, I feel like going south too...