I have an apple tree in my garden that continually drops windfalls.
My partner gets annoyed by them lying all over the place, so he collects some up, and others we leave out, for the birds.
I started to arrange them into pleasing designs, which can either be moved later on or simply left where they are to allow the blackbirds to feast off them through the coming hungry months.
I then got really excited about arranging the various gluts of vegetables we’ve grown over the summer – there’s a limit to how many courgettes you can eat – or been given by our neighbours and friends.
This is such a plentiful time of year – arranging the fruits and vegetables does not feel like a waste. On the contrary, it’s like a celebration of their beauty and value – it’s a way of saying thank you to the land.