The last sunflowers of summer photographed in the garden before we went on holiday. Now there are only a few stunted blooms left for the first frosts to finish off.
At this time of year one of the pleasures of the vegetable garden remains the climbing beans - borlotti and different varieties of French bean, which have swelled , and are ready to be de-podded, softened in simmering water and sauteed with seasonings. This morning, I pick a basketful in the Autumn sunshine.
As fashions go, this is the era of the rain forest. Everything and anything that originates in the flood plains and forests of the Amazon seems now to be guaranteed a sales platform on the basis of its provenance. The juice of something called Acai berries (euterpe doracea), has found its way into our house via an old friend of Heidi's in Florida. "Thirty times more anthoyanin antioxidents than red wine" says the label. To complete the picture I note that the health food shop in the High Street is now selling Chiczca organic Mayan forest chewing gum.