How I love it when my day alliterates nicely. Let's start with the bean flowers and the bee. Heading optimistically into that blue, blue sky, despite the late season.
It seems that summer isn't quite over after all, although it's not at all the same without small boys about the place. In the pond there is a last waterlily.
The tomatoes are doing so well this year. Warmth and sunshine. I pick some almost every day.
The borlotti beans are sparse, but so pretty. I don't think I've quite given up on them. I might try some climbing ones in the rich allotment soil next year.
It's the end of the sweet peas...
and the beginning of the time of the spider.
I had a nice surprise in the post this week. A bundle of bookmarks from the wonderful Gina Sekelsky. I'd describe her as a modern calligrapher and artist, and she's also a really talented sewer as well. This summer she organised a summer reading programme. In return for five book reviews she generously sent everyone who took park a set of her lovely quote bookmarks.
Apologies for the poor quality photo, the light was fading when I took this. There are some lovely quotes here. This one is part of a favourite poem, from Roald Dahl's "Charlie and Chocolate Factory".
The full poem is here should you feel inclined to read it. Interesting to see this view expressed back then in 1964. What on earth would the wonderful Mr Dahl think of the amount of screen time children have now? The poem is more relevant with every passing year I think.
I really like Gina's lettering and the way she illustrates her work.
I have a Mark Twain quote on my mantelpiece which she did, and I see it every day. I moved it to the garden to take a picture, and as luck would have it a balloon floated into the viewfinder as I was focusing.
The quote says, "Don't be afraid to go out on a limb - that's where the fruit is". It's something I try to remember.
The balloon drifted over our house, so low that I could see the people waving. It was a perfect evening for ballooning I think. Warm, just a breath of a breeze, clear and with a lovely sunset. They floated away over the river. Perfect.