Thursday’s Special: Seeing Red

I’m in love with the Japanese crab apple tree in my garden at Sheinton Street. There is hardly a moment in the year when it does not give pleasure. Even now in February there are still a few tiny apples on its bare branches – minimally disposed like a left over Christmas tree that someone forgot to undress. The black bird still visits, although by now the apples have been frosted and lost their bloom.

But then I also know that by the time the last one has fallen, there will be tight rosy-red buds bursting to make the next crop, bees permitting. And while I think of it, I’m grateful to fellow blogger, Mélanie at Mon Terrain de Jeux who tells me that crab apples sound much lovelier in French, and I agree – pommes sauvages.

On the other hand, my little tree is so finely wrought and well bred, and its fruit so exquisite, that I can imagine no situation when it might be tempted to wildness – unlike its large, unruly English cousins that grow in our farm hedgerows. Those I raid in October for their not so pretty fruit to make jars of crab apple jelly. (How could I possibly pick my own pommes sauvages?). The jelly is delicious on toast and croissants, and the jars glow like jewels as the hot jelly is poured into them. Mmmm.

More things to look forward to then: blossom, bees, pommes sauvages, toast…


For Paula’s Thursday’s Special challenge ‘Red’ at Lost in Translation

26 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special: Seeing Red

  1. pomme crabe seems suitable – as pretty as a boiled crustacean – ah but that sounds so savage, these are surely drop earings of ruby (hung on a gossamer thread I see)

  2. Tres pretty.
    A while back , we were on a bit of a quest to remove from the garden those plants that are toxic to pets ( dogs and cats)
    Surprised me to discover the crab apple featured among the rather extensive list.

    Oh, you’ll be pleased to hear it is a little chilly today, though not chilly enough to warrant any sort of cardi – yet!

      1. You may cherish the thought that when you are experiencing the first flowers of spring and ( one hopes) cotton dresses I shall be kitted out likewise.
        I mean in thick sweaters, not a cotton dress, of course.

  3. J’adore tes pommes sauvages 🙂 Really, Tish the first capture with the single drop hanging off the “apple” has something sensual about it.

  4. Gosh, these photos make me envious to get our real camera working. I really like that look of condensation dripping off trees in the morning…lovely. I think our ‘real camera’ has grains of sand in it from Tuscany. Lovely place, but it was an expensive camera, you know? Fickle little devices.

    1. Yes. I’ve killed a few cameras with heavy handedness, and a leaking pot of pickled herrings in one case. That, I might say was a gruesomely sticky demise. The next one I lost in a taxi in Toronto. These shots were actually taken with a very cheap Kodak easyshare M340 which replaced the lost one. No longer made but even cheaper now on Ebay. Just bought a replacement for it (as it died at Xmas after 5 hard years in and out of my pocket) with a M380 for £17.

      1. What a great story (the pickled herrings) and how very English of you! I love it. Thank you for sharing the specs on your camera. We are in the market for a new one and it sure would be nice not spend a lot, as we seem to be bad with devices. Thanks…I’ve been inquiring from other photographers on WP, like our friend FodRambler there in the Forest of Dean. So nice to share information like this. Cheers Tish.

      2. Well my idea is, I have one decent but not too expensive lumix, and 2 very cheap ones for knocking about – lit and fig speaking. My other cheap on is a canon powershot A430 (£”0 from ebay) with a VIEW FINDER – so handy in sunshine. It just eats AA batteries, but takes quite good pix.

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