Sunday, 30 September 2012

Full Moon Rising

The full moon rising in Hornsea, East Yorkshire (Saturday 29th)

A glorious sunny day in East Yorkshire on Saturday allowed the grass to dry and it got its first cut for three weeks. The leaves are already starting to come down and there are subtle changes in colours in the trees as the richness of the green gives way to more muted colours.

It's been a busy old time with my in-laws Diamond Wedding celebration and a card from Her Majesty the Queen with her congratulations too!. Well done Ken and Iris. Their family got together to arrange a super evening celebratory meal and they were picked up by a 1952 Humber classic car - made in the year of their marriage.

I haven't been too bright recently with a sore throat and a mild cold so I took my car in for it's MOT on Saturday morning and decided to walk back home from the garage. It's about half an hours walk and although it was crystal clear wall to wall sun, the wind was cold. Walking along footpaths I noticed that the Hawthorn bushes and trees were absolutely full with berries, more so that ever I can remember. 
Hawthorn in full berry, a winter food store for the birds

Yet my colleagues at work who make their home made booze are bemoaning the fact that there are no damsons or sloes to make gin with this year, the damsons being virtually non-existent and the sloes, what few there are, being mushy and unusable.

A little bit further along is Hessle Haven, a small tributary which feeds water off the land into the mighty River Humber. I haven't seen a ship tie up there for a couple of years now, once a landing place for timber, it became a pick up point for scrap metal to go abroad, now the Haven is a storage place for containers and lorry parking. The ships have long gone. There used to be a few leisure craft in the haven, occasionally being worked on by dedicated men on a weekend, now most of them have rotted and their skeletal remains are sinking deeper into the silt.

A boat no longer loved or cared for in the silt of Hessle Haven
Hope you have enjoyed your weekend.

Chat soon



  1. Been awhile sine I checked in on you Rare. So glad I did as I always learn something new.

  2. The moon has been fantastic this last week up here in Yorkshire RLS hasn't it? Up here we have no damsons, sloes or hawthorn berries - you ae jolly lucky down there - you/ll get all the fieldfares and redwings, there'll be nothing for them to eat up here.

  3. Hi Donna
    Always a delight to hear from you.

    Hi Weaver
    I think it strange that there are so many strange nature anomalies this year including the berries!

  4. Yet, here just down't'road in Sheffield, my little plum tree has been overburdened. My lot are sick of 'em :) I'd usually be offered Damsons for barter about second or third week into October, but if they're not ripening now, that's not going to happen.

    I've been gifted some Cookers/Bramleys but they were very immature and other apples haven't been forthcoming, unusually. My Hawthorn is only just berrying up. Blackberries seem ok.

    I lost my little root and salad crop to blight due to the wet weather this summer, and out of 50 capesium (red and green 'peppers') and chilli plants, I have one chilli, and one harvested tiny red pepper. Tatties, carrots and parsnips rotted in the ground in two days!

    Tell you what, it's given me a greater appreciation of how our ancestors managed (or not) to survive winters when they depended upon their small holdings, and why their mid winter community markets and festival foody gatherings (as we call christmas) were so important to them.

  5. Hi Val
    Many thanks

    Hi Wheelie
    What a fascinating insight into your little fruit and veg garden but I absolutely agree how ancient man and even in more recent times, humans are so reliant on our home grown stuff, more so in these times of austerity.

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