Clearing the decks.
The flower garden has peaked and is now filled with blooms in varying stages of decay. There are plants to cut back and seed heads to gather or shake around the flower beds.
Enjoying the transition to late summer.
The artichokes are turning from regal purple to autumnal brown
and the rhubarb is slowly wilting as its leaves are coloured with bright reds and yellows.
The first blackberries of the year have been picked from the short stretch in Great Forest field, where they ripen a week or so before the rest, to eat by the handful or use in new recipes.
Drinking Iced Plum Gin.
We picked the first plums of the year, though not from our garden where the plums are still hard as rocks. Most of them are destined to make Slamseys Plum Gin but I managed to divert some to the kitchen for compotes and a rather tasty granita. For some reason, I’d never made granita before, which is rather foolish as it’s simple to make and tastes great, especially in a shot glass with Plum Gin poured over to make a sort of adult slushy drink.
What are your simple pleasures for August?
Are you looking forward to spring or making the most of summer days?
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Blackberries are one of my favourite autumn fruits. We have Creme de Cassis and Raspberry Vodka maturing in the utility room. Simple pleasures for the winter!
Sounds a very interesting utility room you have there Brian. Is Creme de Cassis easy to make?
Love all those rich purples and adult slushy drink with gin and plums sounds glorious!
The drink tastes as glorious as it sounds!
Oh has to be wild bilberries!
I’ve never eaten wild bilberries. Are they sweet?
Hello Anne, so many beautiful colours at your place, captured beautifully in your photos. What is the delicious treat in the glass with the handle? That is a stunning photo!
We are heading towards spring but the nights are still cold…by our standards.
The glass contains a blackberry and lemon posset with blackberries in a blackberry syrup laced with blackberry gin on top.
Wow! That sounds like it should be in a swish restaurant!
Plums and rhubarb are such pleasures when it comes to late summer. Plums make such delicious jam and the tartness of rhubarb makes great cakes and crips .
You’re right, plums make a delicious jam. What are rhubarb crisps?
A crisp is a type of dessert, usually consisting of a type of fruit or a mix of different fruit, baked with a crispy topping, hence the name. The topping usually consists of butter, flour, oats, brown sugar and usually spices such as cinnamon and/or nutmeg.
Crisps are easy to make and are great with ice cream. I posted a strawberry – rhubarb crisp on my website.m
Ahh, we call them crumbles and I agree, rhubarb crumble is delicious.
Your photographs are fabulous … I loved this post!
Wonderful images Anne .. wow! This post has exploded with colour .. love it 😀
The colour is looking a little too much like autumn for my liking 🙂 Hoping for another month of summer days.
Absolutely stunning images and the color!!! True eye candy!
I’m thinking fall and you all are thinking spring…I prefer the thought of spring summer than fall winter.
Plum gin, that sounds like quite a treat!
Plum Gin sounds fabulous!!!! xx
As everyone ese has said, speccy pics! Beautiful light. Mmm, plum slushie please!
Pass your glass and I’ll fill it up.
Glad to see you are making use of Gran’s custard glasses.It looks delicious!
Pretty glasses aren’t they?
I’ve not seen rhubarb leaves turn pink before. That must add colour to the garden!
I feel sad that summer is coming to an end, though I’ve got quite a few autumn jobs in the garden, which I’m looking forward to getting on with.
Hope you’re having a good weekend.
The rhubarb leaves add lovely colour until they go brown!
Gorgeous photos Anne, from the garden to the kitchen! My fingers are crossed that one of those luscious desserts just might be destined for a certain collaborative website… 😉
Funny you should say that Margot. 🙂
What a scrummy looking late summer you are having Anne! Blackberries have bittersweet memories for me because when I was young I dreamt that my family were going blackberrying without me, and I ended up sleepwalking out of my first floor bedroom window luckily falling into the sand pit below! I still love blackberry pie though!
Blackberries. Our favourite blackberry patch for years and years is now packed full of new houses. We’ll have to find a new secret patch somewhere!
What a beautiful capture. I always look forward to seeing what’s going on, on your farm Anne 🙂 We recently picked our own blackberries so that’s right up there on our simple pleasures list- they do taste wonderful when in season. Much better than shop bought! I’ve been folding them into corn muffins (try it!). Other simple pleasures include just enjoying the warm summer weather with the boys before the chill rolls in… xo
I’m not sure what corn muffins are – I’m sure you have a recipe though so I’ll take a look. Enjoy the warmth while you can.
It’s always a pleasure to visit your garden. Thanks for sharing. Lovely, lovely photos!!
I’ll fess up too – I’ve never made a granita either. I’ve noticed that the bramble bushes that edge my allotment ripen at different times, and I picked my first few on saturday to eat while weeding – definitely a simple pleasure
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