Finally Autumn is here. The busy, bright, hot, noisy days of summer are coming to a close, and I can’t wait to dig out my jumpers, draw the curtains, and start eating more puddings! Greengages, Blackberries, Pumpkins and Plums – just saying those names is comforting. Maybe it’s because I was a November baby, but Bonfire Night and Halloween are my favourite celebrations. I want to put the Rose back in the fridge, pour a glass of good Red Chianti and indulge in the latest box set or get stuck into the towering pile of books that I have been promising myself all summer.
The garden is starting to look a bit sorry for itself, but there is nothing that beats the magic of a good heavy dew in the early mornings. I remember a friend telling me her little girl wanted her to collect the dew for “a witches potion” – the little girl has just turned 16 but I think of that story when I see those tiny drops.
A contract with the fabulous “The Simple Things” magazine has meant that I have been shooting Autumn foods for over a month now in readiness for their Autumn issues, and I have loved the extension on my own personal Autumn that this has given me. It meant that I started thinking about the new season before the summer had passed, and all that forward planning has turned me into a forager. Mushrooms, Blackberries and Elderberries fill my fridge and freezer, and plans for autumn chutney, sticky chilli jam and blackberry jelly are well underway.
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