Winter blues whispers and prickly tennis balls

The evening light is leaving us, and the nights are growing cold, but colours like these keep winter blues whispers at bay.

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I find crabapple red.

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And sweet chestnut green and brown.

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Pretty for decoration or delicious for dinner.

(Just be careful when scuttling over a sweet chestnut carpet. It’s like negotiating carelessly strewn prickly tennis balls … and tends to hurt if you trip up.)

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More on what to do with sweet chestnuts (other than falling on them) here.

And how to tell the difference between sweet chestnuts and (inedible) horse chestnuts (or conkers) here.