Monday, 19 September 2011

Drawing in.

With the evenings drawing in, I've been in the kitchen preparing the fruit and veg, making sauces and preserves so that the taste of Summer can light up even the darkest of Winter days.

Our tomato harvest has been modest but such an improvement on previous years. I cannot begin to describe the taste of these little gems. They're packed with memories of how real tomatoes tasted before year round supermarket pap!

During a much needed break from Rattatouille and Ragu sauces, I escaped again to the woods, to smell the damp leaf filled air and go in seach of mushrooms and fairy rings.
The tall silent pines guard the forest's most sacred tree,

The Grandmother Yew. I've taken many pictures of this wonderful and ancient tree, and each time her aspect is different.

Manchee played with the Woodelf's little terrier, Dipstick, or to be more accurate, he ran around a lot and she looked on - with disdain!!!

It's not all been about playing in the woods and kitchen, I've managed to get a lot of work done in my sketch books and this latest painting is a reflection of my mood at the moment. Slightly whimsical with my head in the trees :D

Time now to return to the kitchen and give my attention to several large bags of apples and some wonderful damsons that I found on a tree in our field. Who knew we had such treasure hiding behind the veg patch? It just goes to show that there can be treasure in unlikely places :D


Kim said...

I am so envious of your tomatos and your old grand tree. I have neither here, though the trees I do have are nice enough, as trees go. They are not matriarchs though, as yours clearly is!

Yarrow said...

It's quite a treck to find the tree, Kim and usually only with the Woodelf as she lives in those woods!!!

Tammie said...

looks like you have a wonderful place to explore and enjoy! Sweet piece of art, I truly like it!

Julia Guthrie said...

I gave up trying for tomatoes...I might have a go one day if we move somewhere I can have a greenhouse. Yours look good though :)

Love that Yew tree!!! How beautiful x

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