Sunday, September 21, 2008

equinoctal ramble

Yesterday, alongside the footpaths between Girton and Coton: teasel, reedmace, crab apples, blackberries




And, in Coton itself, medlar (or "open-ers" as Chaucer called them... that's "ers" as in "*rse", owing to the way the fruit split open when "bletted", which is to say, frost-damaged and very ripe...) edited to add: excellent, the Wikipedia entry on medlars, quotes not only chaucer but some nice, bawdy, Shakespeare
medlar with small yellow snail the village tapestry (brilliant idea, every village should have one) on display in the church
detail from the tapestry
and a monument which we weren't able to read (couldn't get close enough) but--with the hourglasses, the angel and the skull and crossbones--we got the general message (the sort of message that is always on my mind at the year's quarter days). Mind you, I'd have liked to have known more about the whys and wherefores of the mattock and spade underneath the skull...
Agriculture has clearly played an important part in this village over the centuries. The stook of corn made me smile (most of the corn cut hereabouts gets rolled up into big tubes and shrink-wrapped in black plastic). And a wonderfully wonky house...As we left Coton we stopped at the Plough, to imbibe cider, then we ambled along the cyclepath to Cambridge where, after pausing to imbibe more cider at the Eagle, we caught a bus home.

Autumn is my favourite season: fruit, falling leaves to crunch through, puddles to splash in, bonfires and brilliant sunsets.

6 comments:

SusieH said...

What gorgeous pictures to welcome Fall! We have medlar in the garden here - I understand you need to rot them before turning them into a jelly...sounds very complicated :)

Liz said...

What a brilliant tapestry!

I've made medlar jelly one year when I was lucky enough to get some from a friend's tree - it's a bit messy but really really worth it. You pick them before they "blet" and keep them till afterwards; and it has to be UK jelly rather than US (which I think can still have the fruit in it?) because they're pretty seedy little things...

Gina said...

Thank you for that ramble - I've lived in this area for 18 years and have never been to Coton - perhaps it's time I went!

ambermoggie said...

Wonderful way to celebrate Rosie, thank you:)

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Daisy said...

Ooh I want to live in the wonky house!!