Chilly morning today, mid-October, not yet Cold in the sense of New England winter. Enough to bring out my knit hat, though, and gloves, if I’d remembered. Raspberries grow on the edge of the hayfield, Inherited from some long-ago farmer perhaps. Or grown up from an errant seed, planted by a wandering animal or resting bird. The crop is always small. Only effort we put into this messy collection of free bushes is to pick the berries on sunny days in the summer. Never enough to freeze, maybe a pie or two mixed with apples. If they even make it into the kitchen. We've had a frost or two already, cold rains and howling winds that stripped the autumn trees. But there they were, a small cluster of ripe berries. A gift, a promise of harvests to come. I picked them carefully, carried them gently in my ungloved hand. Seven fragile berries, all the way back to the kitchen. Beautiful enough to warrant cream in my cereal instead of the usual two-percent. Sweeter than the summer ones, more precious, these last raspberries of the year.