A Rosy Outlook

Of all the seasons; I embrace autumn most. The cooler temperature is welcome and nature’s colours magnificent, so I was delighted to come across these rosehips in a hedgerow along a coastal path. They reminded me of tiny ruby lanterns as the late afternoon sun glinted off of them.

I started to reminisce. Who else remembers Delrosa Rosehip Syrup? Or am I just revealing my age again? It’s no longer sold in the UK but was popular for its health benefits after the war. Not that I was around then, but it was still obtainable when I was a child. There are plenty of recipes available for a homemade version these days as rosehips are full of vitamin C. Most wild rose fruits can be used for making all sorts of things including cosmetics, tea, jelly, and wine, however, lots of foragers favour the dog rose for its flavour.

In folklore, rosehips and rose petals are associated with love. It was certainly a sentiment I felt as I admired them and tempted to take a few sprigs for a harvest-themed arrangement at home but decided to leave the beautiful hips for feasting birds instead.

Until next time.
Sue. X