I took my camera outside to look for colour. I found scarlet leaves, turquoise metal, orange berries, white fungi and blood red hips.
The berries and hips reminded me of the bowl of dried fruit I had soaking in brandy in the kitchen.
Time to make the Christmas cake.
Wrapped well in greaseproof paper and foil, stored in an airtight tin, it will be unwrapped once a week until Christmas and fed with more brandy.