It seems there’s one Trucking Event after another at the moment. Barely recovered from cruising Montana and we’re being asked to deliver cargoes to an exhibition in Hanover! So, once more, I’m running a bit behind schedule for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge. This week we’re looking at Fruit

No one said the fruit had to be edible though 😉 Here’s Ribes sanguineum…

American Currant

…Flowering Currant. The berries when first ripe are black with a bluish tinge. While they are edible, the taste is insipid – so bad that even the birds leave them to decay on the bush!

Late season unripe Blackberries…

Unripe Blackberries

…They’ll probably be ready to eat in a week or so.

Bananas and Kiwi fruit…

Bananas and Kiwi

…Definitely ripe and edible – I’m surprised the bananas have survived this long with Alasdair home from uni! 😉

Epi’s lunchbox selection…

Avocado and Pineapple

…Avocado and Pineapple.

Here’s my entry of close-up’s for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge.

Lets start with one that I could have used for last week’s subject – Autumn. The last surviving Blackberries…

…found on a visit to Long Lane Pasture on Wednesday. Also at the pasture, signs of insect activity – Galls on an Oak leaf…

…These are a mix of Silk Button Spangle Galls and Common Spangle Galls (the green blobs). They are produced by two related species of Gall Wasp and each gall houses a Wasp Larva. The Galls are chemically induced by the adult Wasp.

On our last visit to Kew Gardens I was able to get a photo of this Common Darter…

…sunning itself on a stone wall.

Back once more to the pasture and a rather pretty autumn sight…

…Not flowers, as you might think, but the fruit of the Spindle Tree 🙂