Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Beach Days and Blackfairies.

Another sunny day yesterday, another day on the beach. It hazed over from time to time and the breeze was chilly, but we all managed a swim nonetheless. Let me tell you, that sea was freezing! I'm sure it was warmer a couple of months ago.

Of course, the youngest ones insisted it 'wasn't too bad'...huh. Isabella finally consented to wearing her beach robe and felt my hat would help to keep the worst of the chills away.

About the only time the sweet child has happily posed for photographs I think.

Today was cooler with a light drizzle first thing. Jobs at home seem the way to go until the sun reappeared late afternoon. Isabella, Lucy and I headed off for some blackberry foraging, leaving Daddy and Elias to put in the new lighting in the kitchen...hurrah! No more gloom (though of course now we need to decorate as the unbelievably sorry state of the room has been brought to light).

The blackfairies (yes, Isabella still calls them that) in our usual patch seem late this year, but we picked plenty for an apple and blackberry crumble.

I absolutely love pictures of fruits and nuts, and that whole autumnal 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' thing - yes, I know it's supposed to be summer and it certainly isn't mellow in the right way, but you know what I mean.

A little rest for Lucy as the breeze carried her dreams away.

The light was so flat and dull, but it was good to get outside and walk.

Please note the empty box

Isabella ate as she picked and thus her box remained determinedly lacking in the fruit department.

Home once more and the lighting is done, Isabella has long since fallen asleep snuggled in her bed, two children are playing Monopoly on the sitting room floor, and Dave and I are about to sit down with a glass of last year's blackberry vodka...lovely.

Have fun x


  1. I love the Autumn/berry thing too! Lovely pics as always x

  2. Happy times Pipany. I have not got to go to the beach this year and feel most deprived. At least I can look at your photos, close my eyes and imagine the sound of the waves lapping along the shore. I bet Isabella had a black tongue after eating all those berries!!! x

  3. I've been watching out for ripe berries - not too many round here yet. Ours aren't usually ready till the boys are back @ school.

    Lovely pics of your children :)

  4. Lovely post and happy memories made.

  5. Just been catching up and drooling as usual, all beautiful.

  6. What a lovely day you had - nice to be in Cornwall and know where to get away from the crowds at this time of year. The blackberries in our back hedge will not be ripe for a while even though we have had days of lovely weather in Sussex. Karen X

  7. There's a definite autumnal feel to the days now - sadly from my point of view as we don't seem to have had much of a summer here. Like you've I just come back from blackberrying.

    Hasn't Isabella grown up? What gorgeous girl.

  8. Save some blackfairies for me!Love the pics of Isabella in that hat...so very cute!
    Hope to see you v soon....

  9. Our blackberries are only just ripening here, one or two on the sunniest, south facing banks. I think it will be another couple of weeks yet. Isabella looks gorgeous in your hat! I have blogged about being a stepmother and would love to know your thoughts if you have a minute.

  10. Lovely post, Pipany.
    I know it sounds very, very odd, but I thought, as I looked at the photo of your little one - 'my how she's grown since I last saw her' - as if I'd known here since birth - too weird!!........although I've been reading about her just about since her birth.

  11. Oh, Pip! What a beautiful post! Simple pleasures are always wonderful! The cold sea and shivering but wrapped in a warm towel, picking blackberries with the sound of the sea, the thought of berry blackfairies, fixing up home, playing games on the floor - that's what the boys are doing, even as I type.

    Dad and the boys went up and picked blackberries and Grandma made a beautiful pie, too!

    This is my favorite time of year - late summer! I know JUST what you're saying (you can probably pick the same mood up in my latest post, too!)

    Love, Katy