Like a lot of my 'internet weirdo' buddies I've been out gathering some of nature's bounty. While some are collecting kilos of mushrooms I'm sticking to produce I feel safe in identifying. Blueberries. The velvety indigo bubbles of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants seem almost too good to be lying around out there, free for anyone willing to expend a little energy and a few minutes bent double in their pursuit.
But there is more than food to be found out there.
It's been a while since I've ventured beyond the smooth trails around the reservoir near my home. The busy start of a new academic year and a lingering twinge in my reconstructed knee after my Hardangervidda adventure has kept my wanderings in check recently. But I'm hungry again.
The weekend's sunshine certainly put a dash of summer into a fine day in the hills day but there are signs of Autumn. A chill in morning air. Birch leaves edged in gold. Moving that fleece from the bottom of the wardrobe to somewhere more accessible.
So I've started planning some outings. Maybe one last trip in a canoe before the first frost. Hopefully a trip to a forest in October to wrap myself in autumnal colour. Thoughts of the winter's first ski trip start to arise. Beyond that are rumblings of something a bit special. Something cold and arduous. Something to day dream about.
Fruit, fungus, beauty, challenges and rejuvenation. Nature is truly bountiful. Go get some.