Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

I love this time of year, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, an Ode to Autumn as penned by John Keats. The wonderful abundance of fruit and vegetables, the colours, the possibility of an Indian Summer to enjoy it all in.

I just had to share these wonderful plums and greengages that I found, sweet, sharp, and refreshing, I just enjoyed them in their purity, they didn’t need a recipe, just a sharp knife, celebrate the abundance.

Ode to Autumn ~ John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
~
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
~
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies

 

6 responses to this post.

  1. Two of my all-time favourites here! Plums and autumn. I love it when I first step outside on an autumn morning and absorb the crispness! And it’s a wonderful season for cooking.

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  2. Just look at the amazing colours! Love greengages. 🙂 I have to admit that Autumn is my favourite time of year too. I can remember when I had the horses, that I would really enjoy those dewy mornings when the spiders webs were heavy with moisture and the horses’ breath could be seen on the air. Fabulous.

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  3. Don’t think I’ve ever tried a greengage – that’s another cherry that needs popping 😉

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  4. That’s beautiful fruit 😉

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