I don’t mean to be pessimistic but there is a slight shift in the seasons these days. I spotted the first Beech with turning leaves, blackberries are ripening in the ditches, Rowan berries are adding colour to our woods and our swallows are gone. I have never known them leave so early.But this shifting from one season to another is natural and after the summer we have had,perhaps autumn will reward us with wonderful colour, berries and lovely warm autumn days to ease us into winter. We have got to be hopeful.
One of the great things about autumn are fungi. Wonderful edible ones, alarming poisonous ones and those reminders of our childhood stories, the ones with the red caps and white dots. Deep in the woods they are there. Silent, secretive and endlessly fascinating.