In the leafless autumn woods, dense with brush and shrubs, I looked for the red berries. The white branches were visible through the gray tangle. I found enough for two small jars of high bush cranberry jam, so tangy and full flavoured, to brighten up the winter days ahead.
It’s been a long time since I enjoyed the night sky. Finally the mosquitoes have diminished, and there was a lovely summer breeze. I spent an hour under the night sky, and saw the Big Dipper to the North, Mars (I think) to the east just before moonrise, and Jupiter and Saturn to the south.