Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

‘tis the Devils Work


I know we touched on this before, but it’s that time of year again.

Devil blackberry-2

The 29th of September was Michaelmas; the official start of autumn, and folklore has it, that is the day the devil pisses on blackberries, spits on them, curses them or puts his cloven hoof on them (depending which part of the country you are from) rendering them inedible!

And not a pot of bramble jelly or blackberry gin did I make this year, not even a blackberry and apple crumble, I’m a failed domestic goddess.

Mich daisy-2

I nipped into Ikea today, never  a wise move it always winds me up (although there was the odd moment of light relief.) It’s not really a store you can nip into, you have to be processed, led through the store, like cattle down a chute at an abattoir, I only wanted to pick up some bundles of scissors for a colleague, I must have walked 3 miles to find them.

If you are going to Ikea Manchester (actually it’s Ikea in Ashton-Under- Lyne, so lets call a spade a spade, the people of Ashton do) you need to know the store now doesn’t open till 11am, not 10am as in years gone by; I hit on this little hitch last time I tried to ‘nip in,’ I had a cunning plan that I could buy what I wanted and get to a meeting by 11:00, I was wrong, it was the day they had changed the opening time, a lot of people were not happy bunnies, having driven a fair distance for some pre planned ‘destination shopping.’ You could tell Ikea were expecting a bit of grief from disgruntled customers as they had posted a Scandinavian giant* on the door, who was repelling all boarders which seems to typify the feeling that I always get in Ikea, that they pay lip service to ‘valuing customers.’

Never mind here is a pretty leaf

pink rowan leaf-2

How tall do you have to be to be a giant? any way, he was very, very tall.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “‘tis the Devils Work

  1. We had our first frost this morning. There’s a definite chill in the air.

    When I read you had “nipped into Ikea” I wondered how you managed it since they seemed to be designed to make you pass every item in the place and walking, as you said, 3 miles while you’re at it.

  2. Ooh! Look at the pretty picture of devil’s spit!

    Autumn will never be the same.

  3. Never mind, you’ve joined the Great Majority on two fronts: not making anything with brambles (pity), and hating Ikea (justified). Well done.

  4. Must be to meet the Working Time Directive, since they seem to be open all night…

  5. My blackberries are waiting patiently in the freezer for me to get myself in gear to do something with them…

  6. My son and I have had three years of ill health between us, but we still need to shop … at IKEA sometimes. So, we know all the shortcuts. You don’t have to follow the arrows at all. There are little ginnels all over the place. Just have to know where they are. It winds around and about but it’s actually quite a small place. Just like Knowsley Safari Park. http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30116278

    It’s that Friday feeling! Nice leaf.

  7. I just ate blackberries for breakfast – didn’t know what the devil did to them this time of year!

  8. He’d have been out of luck here as all the blackberries hereabouts have long gone!
    My Michaelmas daisies are just starting to flower. Some people call them weeds but I like them! xx

  9. I had the same feeling about walking along the IKEA arrows, which made me look for all the ginnels at the map in the shop, like Joss are telling about. (In a case of emergency, it would be quite nice to know where to get out in a hurry, too.) Now I can go directly to the indispensable IKEA gadget, and out of the shop in a few minutes. Absolutely a great feeling of being crafty 🙂

    Interesting to learn about the devils work around berries.

  10. I go to the same Ikea Ashton, really don’t know why they call it Ikea Manchester when Ashton isn’t even in Greater Manchester, Maybe they should call it Ikea Tameside but then people might think it is somewhere by the Thames! Love your blog, I found it through One Pink Goose.

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