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Last night, as dusk was falling, I took the dog for a walk across the fields. The intense heat of the day had mellowed to balmy warmth, a gentle breeze drifting across from the estuary.
The scorching Indian summer is confusing the seasons. It feels like a glorious day in the heat of summer, yet the fields are harvested, the leaves are turning and the hedges dripping with dusky sloes and jewel-like blackberries. My two columnar pear trees, BeurrĂ© Hardy and one DoyennĂ© du Comice, are heavy with fruit. The step-over is keeping the family supplied with crisp, yellow-red Falstaff apples.
Itâ€™s tempting to head off to the seaside to take advantage of this late offering of sunshine. Or pull out the sunlounger and relax with a good book. Actually, I think I might go blackberry picking â€“ I feel an apple and blackberry crumble coming onâ€¦.