auvergne landscapes: first autumn walk

I have been out walking since the beginning of September, but today was the first time that it felt properly autumnal. A little too autumnal, actually. I could have done with a slightly less of the mist, and more of the mellow fruitfulness and maturing sun. The wonderful colours made up for the weather though. The … Continue reading auvergne landscapes: first autumn walk

weekly photo challenge: vibrant

I thought I might have to delve back into the archive to find a photograph for this week's photo challenge, vibrant not generally being the first word that springs to mind during January and February. However, due to the (so far) mild winter, things are growing, shooting and blooming, and there is a lot more … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: vibrant

monday verse: blackberrying

Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries, Blackberries on either side, though on the right mainly, A blackberry alley, going down in hooks, and a sea Somewhere at the end of it, heaving. Blackberries Big as the ball of my thumb, and dumb as eyes Ebon in the hedges, fat With blue-red juices. … Continue reading monday verse: blackberrying

monday verse: blackberry-picking

Late August, given heavy rain and sun For a full week, the blackberries would ripen. At first, just one, a glossy purple clot Among others, red, green, hard as a knot. You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet Like thickened wine: summer's blood was in it Leaving stains upon the tongue and … Continue reading monday verse: blackberry-picking

weekly photo challenge: gone, but not forgotten

The brambles are still very much in evidence, their leaves turning through gold and ruby red to a less spectacular brown. The blackberries, though, are just a distant memory now, the ripe fruit either gathered by people, eaten by birds and animals, or withered and dry on the stem. Gone, but for us not forgotten. We … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: gone, but not forgotten