This russian phrase warns you to get ready for the winter whilst the short summer is still warming the land.
Now is the time for conserving berries (at least the ones you haven't eaten)!
Here is our take on how to make a delicious fruit drink (Kompot).
Fill a steralized conserving jar one fifth full of berries (these are local cherries and blackcurrants, but we have also used raspberries, goosberries and crab apples)
Fill the jar (ours is 3 litres, but any size will do) to the brim with boiling water.
Leave it to sit for five minutes (or so),
then pour off the juice into a saucepan, leaving the fruit in the jar.
Add a cup and a half of sugar to the liquid in the pan.
We buy ours in 10 kilo (22lb) bags from the supermarket.
Disolve the sugar and bring the juice to a boil.
Pour the syrup back into the jar onto the fruit, filling to the brim.
Seal the jar with a sterile lid.
Flip the jar onto its lid and check for leaks.
Cover the jars on their lids with a blanket and leave until morning.
The kompot will keep for more than a year at room temperature.
Dilute to taste before drinking!