I know that the last two blogs that I have posted here also involved me raking but, as I explained, I do not have much else to do. I did, however, have a rather charming moment today.
There I was raking away at the increasingly crusty horse chestnut leaves while simultaneously (who said that chaps cannot multi-task) toying with the idea of setting them on fire just to amuse myself and listening to the podcast of the News Quiz (ii). I had collected a decent pile when a puff of wind deposited a single Cercis leaf in the middle of the heap. There was not, I promise you, any artifice or cajoling – the picture above is of the moment.
The Cercis condenses (or Redbud) is one of two that were planted for the precise purpose of providing autumn colour, there are flowers but very few of them: they turn up in early summer and hang around for a short while being pink. For the rest of the year the leaves are charming enough but in a green and unobtrusive sort of way – they will never set the world on fire and are, I believe, the foliage equivalent of the Rich Tea biscuit (iii). Unless, of course, you get Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy in which case they have deep purply leaves instead which are more like a dark chocolate Hobnob.
But, cometh the autumn, cometh the leaf (apologies to St John and many others)….. deep crimsons, a slash of russet, a sort of dusty ballroom pink, a bit of raspberry, some burned butter and a shaving of crystallised ginger.
Well worth the wait.
I promise that next week I will think of something else to talk about apart from raking stuff.
(i) With apologies to Citizen Kane
(ii) I am terribly love with Sandy Toksvig. I fear that I am neither alone nor in with any sort of a chance.
(iii) The Rich Tea, in case you did not know, has been consistently voted the dullest biscuit in history by an international jury of experts. The Blue Riband also scored highly with the extra problem of dishonesty: promising much and delivering little. That is probably enough about biscuits although, if you want to find the best Biscuit based blog ever, then go here and have a ferret about. Sadly it ran out of steam a few years ago but the quality of drivel is exceptional.