GBMD: September

Windfalls from the allotment :)
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike (1932-2009), September


  1. Have been trying to explain to Didcott why the beginnings of terms are exciting - how much potential is revealed when you open an empty book. Have been photographing my apples too. Hurray for September!

  2. I had forgotten it was the first of September until I saw your post, VP. A perfect poem for this month; I love the images of fall. Looks like lots of delicious apple treats will be on your menu soon.

  3. Absolutely love this Updike poem to remind of us fall...wonderful.

  4. Hi everyone - glad you liked the September poem :)

    Esther - I'm definitely feeling the excitement of a 'new term' :)

  5. What a good poem, and picture, for the onset of autumn. Flighty xx

  6. Lovely shot. I can almost sense that cidery smell. And a new poem, which is always fun. Happy September, Veep.

  7. Hi,
    I saw your blog on another blog I follow, I'm going to work my way through your posts in the next while"

    Great shot of the apples, I do some home brewing, it's my dream to make cider, but alas, can't afford an apple press!

    I have a blog of my own - I recently set up a vegetable garden and am writing about my experiences. Would appreciate if you could throw an eye over it and give what advice you can! It's


  8. I like the poem and the windfalls are very colourful - is that purple in there?
    However, I am keeping my head in the sand about the approach of Autumn :-)

  9. Salad for me usually means raw stuff, greens preferably, eaten with sandwiches in any form. Sometimes I add nasturtium flowers: pleasant and full of lutein to boot.
    Now I am in the habit of having, with my breakfast egg, a slice of bread and parsley. The season being what it is, I'd been grazing the parsley plants to within an inch of their sorry lives, and was getting desperate. Till suddenly this morning I realized you can't set a foot in my garden without treading on hairy bittercress, which, being one of the worser weeds in my opinion, had spread like wildfire some years ago when I had my back turned for a day or two.
    It's just a bit fiddly to pick off the leaves, but they taste like heaven. Yum! Saved!

  10. Hi - thanks to everyone who's stopped by since I went on holiday and took the trouble to comment.

    Paddy - you're especially welcome as a new commenter and blogger. Will come on a visit soon via the link to your name - NB there's no need to add your blog details in your comment as the action of leaving a comment in the way you've done it does all the hard work for you :)

    AW - welcome! Foraged bittercress was one of my first 52 Week Salad Challenge discoveries earlier this year :)


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