20. Backen

Backen red brown at the backend of the year

Today’s colour is named after the backend of the year; the end of harvest or late autumn. Walking with my ball in hand, I find many things around with stems and leaves that speak to this shade.

Backen on a bit of wood, with a very Backen-y leaf resting on it

Backen-coloured stems

Backen-coloured stems

There are unexpectedly bright patches of Backen at the heart of our palm tree, where the great green leaves have died back…

Backen with Backen-coloured palm heart

Backen with Backen-coloured palm heart

…and in St. Leonards Gardens, there is a palm whose leaves are very close to this shade.

Backen with Backen-coloured palm

Backen with Backen-coloured palm

There are red veins in this palm that speak to the neps of red in the yarn.

Backen with Backen-coloured palm

On the shore, long strands of seaweed look very Backen-y to me…

Backen with Backen-coloured seaweed

Backen with Backen-coloured seaweed

Backen with Backen-coloured seaweed

Backen with Backen-coloured seaweed

Backen with Backen-coloured seaweed

…there are so many colours happening at once at the seashore! Sometimes I like to isolate a group of things that seem to be the same colour and put them somewhere plainer, so I can really see the colours I’m especially looking at more clearly; how lovely is this little set of Backen-y things, collected onto an area of driftwood?

Backeny-collection of things on old driftwood

I also find a great collection of Backen-coloured rocks in the shingle, but it’s easier to see their colours when I bring them all together like a hug around my special ball of yarn.

Backen with Backen-coloured rocks

Tuning into this colour in nature has alerted me to its presence in the built-environment, too… there’s a splodge of paint on some hoarding that looks like Backen to me…

splodge of Backen-coloured paint on hoarding

splodge of Backen-coloured paint on hoarding

…and deep in this rusty, sea-corroded bright red pillar I see traces of this colour, too.

Backen-coloured rust on old red paint

In the recesses of a discarded palette lying beside the pavement, I spy a crack of Backen!

Backen-coloured palette

Back in St. Leonards Gardens, I find a bench where – should I so desire – I can sit on Backen-coloured wood.

Backen with bench

And, as one of life’s devoted brick-lovers, how can I not mention the old brick walls around Cinque Ports Way, where there are definitely some very Backen-y bricks?

Backen with similarly-coloured bricks

Backen with similarly-coloured bricks

At the backend of the year it is a comfort to find such a warm, rich shade glowing away in such abundance, nearby.
What Backen-coloured things are cheering you today?

These posts coincide with the KDD & Co. Colour Compass advent calendars. Each day, throughout December I’ll be opening my calendar beside you, and exploring the yarn shade that is revealed for that day. Read more about these posts here, and prepare for a few weeks of polychromatic fun as we discover the shades together and revel in their suggestive associations and creative possibilities together! Even if you don’t have a calendar, I hope you’ll love exploring colours with me, and thinking about each shade as it appears, and how it is connected with the everyday colours of your life.

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