Saturday, 24 November 2007

Cherry Time

Nothing signifies the beginning of Summer like cherry season.

Cherry-Time by Robert Graves

Cherries of the night are riper
Than the cherries pluckt at noon
Gather to your fairy piper
When he pipes his magic tune:
Merry, merry,
Take a cherry;
Mine are sounder,
Mine are rounder,
Mine are sweeter
For the eater
Under the moon.
And you’ll be fairies soon.

In the cherry pluckt at night,
With the dew of summer swelling,
There’s a juice of pure delight,
Cool, dark, sweet, divinely smelling.
Merry, merry,
Take a cherry;
Mine are sounder,
Mine are rounder,
Mine are sweeter
For the eater
In the moonlight.
And you’ll be fairies quite.

When I sound the fairy call,
Gather here in silent meeting,
Chin to knee on the orchard wall,
Cooled with dew and cherries eating.
Merry, merry,
Take a cherry;
Mine are sounder,
Mine are rounder,
Mine are sweeter.
For the eater
When the dews fall.
And you’ll be fairies all.

(Note: I didn't grow these cherries, although I am enjoying eating them!)


Kimmie said...

Oh in CT is definitely isn't cherry season, but I will live vivaciously through your huge bowl!

Are you going to eat them straight up or bake with them.

When I was a wee lass, we had a huge cherry tree (like 40 ft high) in our front yard. My Papa took my old ride on bear with wheels and parked him half way up in the tree- to keep the birds from eating them all before we had a chance to pick them. Fun memory-makes me miss my dad.

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Laurie Anne said...

So cruel to see those cherries :0) Winter is now starting to set in and we are months away from anything so wonderful as fresh cherries. My mouth is just watering... you are a lucky, lucky girl :0)

River said...

Yesterday I took a bowl of my homegrown cherries to my 2nd daughter who has demanded cherries for her birthday since discovering at the age of 3 that she was born in cherry season. Then I came home and ate the last few of the 1 kg that my tree gave to me this year. I even took a few to work for my friends there. The tree is only 4 years old so I'm looking forward to many more years of cherries.

Cottage Contessa said...

mmmmmm......delicious cherries! We've been enjoying them here too.....and mangoes, and necterines......yummy!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Jill said...

Yum Yum Yum, but I am afraid here in Perth they usually retail at about 19.99 per kilo !!!!! Going down south tomorrow, might be cheaper there.

Niki RuralWritings said...

Oh, def not cherry season here! Love your header picture!

Kirstin said...

Yum-O. I absolutely love Cherries, but hate Cherry pie...go figure! How sad though that we are in the midst of winter and alas cannot enjoy those yummy hoo! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy

Donna said...

Oh the cherries look so yummy! It is cold and rainy here today, just the start of the winter season.

Sondra said...

Oh, those cherries look wonderful. Good thing you pointed out that you did not grow them because that was my first thought!
Too cold for cherries or anything here :)

Our Red House said...

Kimmie, we are eating the cherries straight. If I can get some really cheap ones later in the season I will preserve them.

Laurie Anne, Kirstin, donna and Sondra, sorry for flaunting the cherries!

River, do you live somewhere with cold winters?

Amanda, Jill, they really are a summery treat.

Niki, I am glad you like the header.

River said...

Surprisingly. I live in Adelaide, South Australia, in a suburb close to the city. The tree is in a pot, in the driveway, on the western side of my unit. The eastern side is the unit next door, we share a wall. It's a self pollinator type called Stella. Also in the driveway I have a miniature nectarine, dwarf peach, dwarf granny smith apple. and two blood plums, a mariposa and a satsuma. They are grouped together to create a little food forest and as the weather heats up we put shade cloth over the little gazebo type structure that surrounds them. I'd heard that cherries need cold winters (apples too) but thought I'd give it a try anyway. Give it a go yourself, you may get pleasant surprises.