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.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I don’t usually begin a story or post with a famous quote (and I despair of features that begin “It is a truth universally acknowledged …”), but To Autumn by Keats inevitably comes to mind in October, and it is quite possibly my favourite poem, so that is my excuse.
We have seen precious little of that maturing sun over the past couple of weeks here in Yorkshire. My garden (it’s Steph here) is currently soaked and a bit slippy underfoot, but still, it has its charms. In fact, I have made a few little additions (as in, I saw stuff I wanted and could not stop myself from acquiring it).
The best of these, sans doute, is my new naked lady statue. She’s French, you know, and a bit Ooo la la. I bought her at the recent Ripley Salvage Show and she is a cracker. I saw her and immediately recognised her as the same design that I have a small statue of in my bathroom. I bought that little one for a few euros on a visit to the Villa Ephrussi on Cap Ferrat in the South of France. There is a large version in a temple in the fabulous gardens there. The original (at least, I assume it is) is in the Louvre. It’s by Allegrain, made in 1767 and called Venus at the Bath or The Bather or La Baigneuse. Anyway, I love her. She is ridiculously heavy and it was a pain getting her home and in situ, but she is perfect.
Aside from that, I have had a go at making an autumn wreath. Really, it’s just a few plumes (thank you, Sharon) and ivy wrapped around a Christmas woven heart that I have sprayed grey. I think it works well on my newly painted door (Farrow & Ball French Gray) and my new lion doorknocker, bought from an antiques shop in Malton.
We have had loads and loads of apples this year, like everyone else, but I have not done anything with them because they go brown very quickly, taste disgusting and I am scared of grubs. So they go in the bin, which seems a shame.
This year, for the first time, I have grown tomatoes (thank you to Frances for giving me a fab tomato plant). I don’t think I have tended it very well, but we have had tomatoes and I’m sure we will do better next year. I’ll have to read up on what to do now with those sad looking vines.
Bye for now. We hope to post a little more frequently as we have both been remarkably busy, what with work and our little shop at 53 Bo Grove. Speaking of which, there is a new Bo Grove opening tomorrow in Harrogate town centre. It’s going to be fab!! Look out for news of what’s in store there soon.