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Mellow fruitfulness in a vase on Monday

The hedgerows are so full of berries and autumn delights at the moment that the birds must think Christmas has come early!  I hope there is still plenty around when we are in depths of winter, because they will be in far greater need then.  I trust in their innate intelligence to pace themselves!

A walk round my favourite field this weekend has provided material for my vase today.  Wild rose hips, hawthorn, blackberry and elderberries, and some cheerful yellow ragwort.

I tried photographing the vases, including my little sweetie treats of course, in yesterday's bright sunshine as it poured into our kitchen, but it was just a bit too much.  So I include a couple of sunlit photos and the rest are just a little easier to see in the more subdued light of Sunday morning.


  1. Beautiful fruits and flowers, the birds must be having a banquet.

    1. Hope the birds pace themselves for a long winter ahead. The forecast is for another beast from the east in the New Year, and then the birds will really be struggling. We are starting to stock up our bird food stores! A

  2. I love how our vases change with the seasons. This is brimful of autumn colour. Can you resist a snack as you pass the vase?

  3. I love berries in a vase, especially blue ones! It's nice to see that your sweet peas are hanging on for awhile longer yet too.

  4. I love the fruit-filled arrangement - it's fabulous, and sweet peas are always divine. :)


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