6 November – Sloe living

You have to slow down if you want to see the sloes
scattering blue berries across the starkening hedgerows.
You will not spot them ripening if you move past too quickly,
so unhurry your pace and take the time to get your hands sticky.
You have to wait it out if you want to infuse all their flavour,
sloe seasoned delicacies require time-consuming labour.
But you’ll be richly rewarded for the effort you put in
when sloes’ sweet syrup suffuses all through your gin.