"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Friday, 26 August 2011

Wild Damsons and “Flowers of the Mind”

I went for a walk yesterday, between the showers and up behind the reservoir, along a seldom used track. I was really looking for some blackberries but despite the huge numbers of brambles lining every path, they were disappointingly small and scant. Then I came to a dark shady patch where two trees, taller than the hawthorns and sloes, meet overhead. The ground beneath was littered with the small dark fruit of a wild plum. They are beautiful, velvety blue black to crimson, some with a powder blue bloom and some split open, revealing that liquid greeny yellow interior. They are also deliciously sweet. I ate a few. They were warm from the sun. I remembered happy days of eating my way round Leu Gardens, then filled my pockets and walked back, feeling the crushed fruit slowly seeping through to my skin.

Here is a quote from Katherine Mansfield which sums up where I found my damsons, and where I, too, like my mind to be. 

"The mind I love must have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody's fathomed the depth of, and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind."
— Katherine Mansfield


 wild damson bd

A solitary fruit on a twig, the drought curled leaves are stiff, already autumnal tattered and dry.

 wild damsons col bg

Six little fruit which survived the pocket intact. Just beautiful..:)


John said...

A lovely post, Val, all the way around. Reminds me too of your leaf of the day at Leu posts.

Marcia said...

Ahh, Katherine Mansfield, our own NZ girl, who write wonderful words about our bush as well as much other !
Love your work as always Val ..