Can you believe it’s officially Autumn? Despite an ever mounting to-do list, I made sure to escape for a walk in the glen to celebrate the first day of my second favourite season. Blue skies and sunshine would have been excuse enough for the excursion but like a cherry on top, I also found a tree laden with Elderberries.
I thought it might be getting too late in the season to find any but fortunately luck was on my side. The berries were the juiciest I’ve ever found and were literally falling off the tree.
It’s been one of the best summers I think I’ve had in the British Isles. The sub-tropical heatwave in July and warm days both before and after have literally been the fount of true Autumn bounty. The apples have been juicy and sweet, the blackberries lush, and now the Elderberries delightfully plump. The wild birds will be having a field day with the forests and hedgerows spilling over with plenty.
A short distance from the Elderberries I found a bush decorated with crimson rose-hips. Unfortunately there wasn’t any room in my basket for them but I have a mind to go back soon since I love rose-hip tea and it’s really very easy to make. Packed with vitamin C, it has an earthy yet fruity flavour that warms you from inside to out. They say that for maximum flavour you should wait until after the first frost to pick your hips. I can never wait that long though.