Perhaps it was the very light overnight frost that led the blackbirds to investigate the neglected crab apples in the front garden.
This one turned its back on them and considerately stayed just long enough for me to photograph it.
We still have plenty of colour in our plot.
There are winter flowering plants such as this viburnum bodnantensis Dawn in Margery’s Bed,
and the tiny clematis cirrhosa Freckles dotted over the gazebo.
Hardy autumnal chrysanthemums we do expect;
maybe some of these fuchsias are tough enough to make it through the winter;
but self seeded bidens?;
still perky nasturtiums?;
varieties of geranium not sheltered in the greenhouse?;
roses such as ascending Altissimo,
marvellous Mamma Mia,
and blooming Absolutely Fabulous?
To send these beauties packing it is not yet cold enough.
This evening Jackie produced a fillet of pork laced with powdered mustard, flaked almonds, and brown sugar, served with roast potatoes and parsnips; colourful rainbow carrots, firm Brussels sprouts, and tender runner beans. Having enjoyed a beer beforehand, neither of us imbibed.