Saturday, October 23, 2010

A day of Gifts

It's been a lovely, sunny autumn day here, so in the afternoon we got a bit of gardening done.

In the midst of a bit of weeding, I gasped when I saw this

I only planted the bush in June, and thought it would do well to produce fruit next year! But the weather has been unseasonably warm, so nature has given us this most wonderful bonus bounty.

And then I moved to the other side of the garden, and discovered another stash!

I've already made my green tomato chutney, so I'm leaving these on a plate at the window for a few days, hoping they'll ripen enough to eat. And if not, another little pot or two of chutney won't go to loss!

And tonight we were at the opera. And this was another gift. The Sunday Times has been offering some free tickets to a live HD cinema screening of performances from The Metropolitan Opera.

Tonight's performance was Mussorgsky's Boris Gudnov. A marathon 4 and a half hour performance, which included two intervals: it was brilliant! There were also some lovely behind-the-scenes interviews during the intervals

Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain"was the first music I played on my first night in band, so I'll always have a special place in my heart for him.

So, at this late hour, as I'm about to head to bed, I give thanks for a bountiful, beautiful day.


  1. Lucky you, to have berries now! I think the idea of screening the Met operas in theaters is marvellous. The theater down the hill from us screens them about four times a year.
    A nice day for you.

  2. Sounds like you had a lovely day. It must be nice to live near culture. I can't believe how cold it is there.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Okay, spread some of that bountiful luck around. I could use some, my day wasn't as fruitful. Congrats on a wonderful day! :D

  4. Lovely post! I still haven't made my chutney. My green tomatoes are turning red and rotting. I hate it when that happens. Grrr. But truly I love the bounty of my garden and fruit trees-- almost always more than we can eat.

  5. Oh, how unusual to find fruit and berries this late in the season.;) I am afraid here everything is soon going to perish due to freezing nights.;)
    Have a lovely Sunday,

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  7. What a gorgeous looking berry! Did it taste as good as it looks?

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  8. Congrats on all your lovely gifts. I hope you get many berries on your bush, you must have the green thumb.