Jar of Blackberry Whiskey has begun...! I found some recipes yesterday...those 'shove it all in and see what happens 'sorts of recipes and one was too simple for words. Pack large Kilner jar full of ripe Blackberries...tip in half a bag of sugar...shake well...pour Whiskey in until it comes to the top. Leave for long as you can...

And the supermarket had offers on the Bushmills...it was actually cheaper than the nasty cheap Whiskey so I bought a bottle and can do loads of jars now. And the fruit isn't wasted...use it to eat with ice-cream. Actually, the recipe is the same as that for Sloe Gin but the hedge which normally has masses of sloes doesn't have a single one this year...

So other than picking Blackberries and doing the weekly shop and then visiting Wendy and Jason...it's been a quietish sort of a day. Wendy and Jason are digging a trench in the 'garden' 'cos Ireland has gone silly with rules and regulations and the covering for the underground electricity cable is coloured blue. But you can't have blue now...you have to have red...so they've had to dig the feckin' thing up from under a layer of concrete so the ESB can come along and replace the cable cover before they get the leccy switched on....

They were none too happy.

Then Wendy showed me all the work they've done already...and Jason is planning to convert one of the small stone sheds into a sort of bedsit for their teenage boy...'cos he's behaving like a teenage boy and has lost the power of speech, as they do, and conducts any conversation in grunts. I told him my son did that and lounged about with his mates, who were all six foot tall, and sat in a row on the settee with their legs sticking out, grunting to each other, and drinking endless mugs of coffee...we bought a little caravan and put him in it. He was happy and so were we...

Jason is rethinking doing up the shed and is going to look for small caravans....

I've almost finished the big bookcase...thank heavens. Found this white gloss paint that is water based and isn't supposed to go yellow after it's been there a while...but best of all it dries with half an hour or so...can't wait until it's all done and the books are back...they are on the bedroom floor in stacks at the moment.

There are some new craft magazines on sale...and every single blessed one has IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS emblazoned on the front cover...I really can't get into the Christmas spirit...always providing I get into it at all...before about mid-December. Quite early enough for me actually. So I looked at them half-heartedly and put them back on the shelf...

The Swallows are lining up on the telegraph wires and all my shrubs are covered in lacy spiders webs in the mornings...there is a distinct nip in the air in the evenings now...the back end of the year is here sure enough.