It seems to come round quicker every year, but it's that time once again, when the countryside begins to glow with Autumn colour.
Monday, 18 September 2017
The appearance of hundreds of berries in the hedgerows, points to the end of summer and the onset of Autumn. This year's crops of berries looks as if it's going to be a good one. The Rose Hips are looking glorious.
Full of vitamin C, these fruits have been used for thousands of years for their nutritional qualities. They can be made into jam, jelly, soup, syrup, pies, bread, wine and marmalade. So, they're versatile too.
Belonging to the same family as the roses, Pyracantha is another shrub which is full of fruit at this time.
Pyracantha berries can also be made into jelly, but they are mildly poisonous if eaten raw and can result in gastro-intestinal troubles.
One berry which it is definitely best to avoid eating is that produced by the Black Bryony. Belonging to the Yam family, the fruits contain high levels of saponin and are quite poisonous. But the berries are rather attractive and unusually numerous at the moment.
We were lucky enough to have the sun shining on us this morning as we walked around Shipley Park and admired the Autumn berries. We were not quite so fortunate a few days ago when we got caught in a heavy shower and had to seek shelter under an old railway bridge. Fortunately, the shower was short-lived and from our dry vantage point, the splashes of raindrops in the muddy puddles, made for some rather 'arty' shots.
It's amazing what the camera will capture.
Just room for one more...
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Leaving the botanical gardens, we turn our attention to our walk along the banks of the Water of Leith. We started in the delightful Dean Village.
We soon left the village behind us and came to the weir.
A little further on, we had views of the Belford Road Bridge.
At a bend in the river, we discovered a Grey heron standing on a fallen log in the stream.
On our way back, we sat for a while at this spot, enjoying the sunshine and the sight of the heron which seemed to be enjoying the sun too.
Back along the Waters of Leith, we passed Dean Village and on past St Bernard's Well.
The classical columns of the building, was designed by Alexander Nasmyth - an artist of the city and was built in 1789. It sits on the river bank with a walkway alongside it with Fuchsias in full bloom...
and Malcolm looking over the side.
Well, that's it for our Edinburgh trip. No doubt we'll be back soon.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Continuing our wander around the glasshouses of Edinburgh's Royal Botanical Gardens, I thought we'd look at some of the more exotic flowers on display. Starting with this species of Aristolochia or Dutchman's Pipe.
Monday, 11 September 2017
One of the highlights of our visit to the glasshouses of Edinburgh's Royal Botanical Gardens, came as we entered the 'Plants and People' house. The area is dominated by a large pond filled with lilies, among which the world's largest water Lily was flowering.
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Returning to yesterday's wander round the Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh, we continue our stroll around the grounds.