Late summer and the hedgerows are full of fruit.
Katie brought me a bunch of elderberries to add to the posy of garden flowers I picked on Tuesday.
I had to duck to avoid the boughs of haws as I cycled to the shop. My neighbour's rowan tree is ablaze with scarlet berries and the crabs continue to fall. Charlie has found a new use for them; I discovered him throwing them up at the open bathroom window-
'Did you see that? I got one in!'
'I hope you aren't going to do that with the quinces when they start to fall'.
My thornless blackberry is disappointing this year. Just a couple of handfuls to be had.
I combined them with a few late raspberries, some local apples and plums to make this freeform tart.
It's from Food From Plenty by Diana Henry again.
Before we got stuck into the tart we had a sausage and bean stew warmly spiced with ground cloves and cayenne.
There's a sniff of autumn in the air.
Just a sniff, it's not here yet. I have a feeling there are a few more warm summer days to come.