Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Well, according to the radio this morning, Summer is officially over. After ten days of glorious warm weather - during which all the local farmers got their harvests finished, grass cut, hay and silage made etc. - yesterday it rained. We had twenty millimetres of rain, which is almost an inch, and that provoked an outburst of 'Summer's over'. So this afternoon Tess and I set out on our afternoon walk, to walk over to Dominic's house with runner beans and courgettes from our garden. And I took the camera - thinking I could record signs of Autumn.
They were rather hard to find. One horse chestnut tree in the spinne y near his house has decided to turn a lovely Autumnal brown; a crab apple tree on our journey is laden with little, sour apples - much loved by the cows when they finally fall off the tree; ragwort, that scourge of donkeys and horses, is in full bloom on the roadside; and the rose hips are fully out. So not much of Aurumn there yet then.
Besides which, it is very warm again today, so I think we are getting an Indian Summer - and shall make the best of it while I can.
Incidentally my new header is a photograph of Ivelet Bridge, which crosses the River Swale midway between Gunnerside and Muker in Swaledale. It is a lovely bridge, isn't it?