Felix is here. It has been a fruit-full weekend. Yesterday morning there was knitting to be done and treats to be found at the farmer’s market.


And then we made the most of a sunny afternoon and had a great walk along the Clyde from New Lanark. The lush woodland around the falls is utterly glorious at this time of year.


Along the river bank we discovered masses of bilberries (or blackhearts if you are Thomas Hardy) at just the right stage of ripeness. We also found beautiful ripening hips and sloes, which I took note of for later autumn months. We gathered up the berries, wrapped them in Felix’s handkerchief, and took them home where they joined raspberries from our allotment, and currants and gooseberries from the farmer’s market in a giant soft fruit crumble. We cooked this up and ate it with some gusto.


The best drink to accompany such magnificent summer fruitfulness is, of course, a glass of Tom’s home-brewed raspberry and elderflower mead, which we bottled up a year ago. It is tasting mighty fine.



10 thoughts on “fruitful

  1. Mmm…all of those berries are making *me* want a fruit crumble! Thanks for the bilberry picture–I’m on the other side of the pond and have heard them mentioned in books, but never really knew what they were : )


  2. Oop north (which of course is doon south for you) they’re known as whinberries. I recall the picking of them as being a very spidery process but well worth it.


  3. It was lovely to bump into you guys at the market! I love New Lanark and went there last weekend for the first time. Only realised when i was in the shop that the mill still produces the New Lanark yarn (Doh!-but in my weak defence I’m not from this part of the world..) so walked away with some lovely Cherry DK.:D


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