simple pleasures for August

abandoned secateurs

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.

artichoke

Enjoying the transition to late summer.

The artichokes are turning from regal purple to autumnal brown

rhubarb

and the rhubarb is slowly wilting as its leaves are coloured with bright reds and yellows.

blackberry and lemon posset

Picking blackberries.

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.

iced plum gin

 

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?

33 thoughts on “simple pleasures for August

  1. Jane @ Shady Baker says:

    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.

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  2. Gerlinde says:

    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 .

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      • Gerlinde says:

        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

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  3. amaryllislog says:

    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!

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  4. Helen says:

    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.

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  5. Gather and Graze says:

    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… 😉

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  6. Jane says:

    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!

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  7. Misky says:

    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!

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  8. theclevercarrot says:

    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

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  9. Promenade Claire says:

    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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