The nights are drawing in, the sheep have left the field, the hedges are full of blackberries and the lifeguards will leave at the end of the holidays. There’s a mist around the fields in the morning and its best to take a jumper on evening walks. The harvest is in and the mushrooms are massive!
We’ve had a good summer, apart from ten days of extreme wind and rain but the sun returned for the August bank holiday. That weekend, after living in the field for over eighteen months, we did a forage feast for friends and served up a meal of Sri Lankan runner bean curry [allotment overload] plus a pie full of wild greens and mushrooms [see above]. Friends added marrow stews, tomato salads and apple cakes and it was good to use up some of the food we’ve all grown, foraged or been given. Since being cautious of the mushrooms last year, my neighbour has been picking them weekly as she walks home through the field and passes them onto me. She has grown up on the cliff and knows all the best places!
I’ve just returned from picking some blackberries and I reckon it’s time to make jam, and… just like that, the sheep have returned to the field.
My cabin envy this month is a typical Hawaiian island beach house. These can be built along the sea front but back from the beach and the overhang on the roofs help the cabins to blend in to the natural surroundings. Originally one storey, new owners these days rip off the roofs and add a level [for a better sea view], or worse still knock the whole thing down and re build large cube like monstrosities. There was a reason these houses were built into the landscape – to be at one with nature. Occasionally when you walk along the beach you can just glimpse the roof and then you know there’s a vintage Hawaiian cottage just beyond your gaze.
This one is a rental…on Maui I believe, but heh we can all dream.