Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Yellow fruitfulness.





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?

15 comments:

MorningAJ said...

Quick drop in from my holiday in Dorset. Autumn is a little more advanced here - which is odd because I always thought it worked the other way! That bridge is very pretty indeed. A bit like the one at Glaisdale that I remember fondly from my childhood.

Jinksy said...

The bridge is very elegant, and Autumn seems in no hurry yet, if your other photos are anything to go by!

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Today, in California, it feels like fall....so unlike the past few days here. Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. Enjoy your day:)

angryparsnip said...

I noticed the charming marching geese where gone and a lovely bridge replacement...
We are hopefully done with our last hot spell the temperatures have dropped to the low 90's so we are all very hopeful Fall is coming in Tucson.

Everton Terrace said...

I can tell you, summer is NOT over here in Arizona. It's 88F outside right now and it's only 9:30 a.m.! The bridge is very pretty.

willow said...

Ivelet Bridge is just beautiful. Don't you wonder what gloriously historical tales it could tell if only it could speak?

Heather said...

Maybe summer hasn't quite left us Pat, and there are more warm days to come. It's been a lovely day today but a dire one was forecast. Perhaps tomorrow? The season is definitely changing, albeit gradually. I'd love to walk over your little bridge.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Yes,that is a perfect bridge and let's not look for signs of Autumn, lets will the Summer (Indian or Butterfly) to KEEP GOING!!!

Reflections said...

The 110 degree weather over the weekend says our summer is not quite over as of yet. Although our trees are starting to turn brown, but that is probably from the hot dry climate, more than the change of season.

Thank you for taking us along on your walk. Looked lovely.

Hildred and Charles said...

Your new header is simply gorgeous!

It is raining here, and expect it to continue off and on for the next few days. A great respite from hot weather and the garden and fields and orchards are happy with the change in weather.

Cloudia said...

Lovely header & yellow thoughts!




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Elisabeth said...

Horse chest nuts remind me of lines from Jane Austen. It seems a delightful time of year, Weaver.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for your comments - Autumn seems to be varying its speed from place to place, but we shall all get there eventually.

ChrisJ said...

Such a beautiful bridge and reflection. I can't believe summer is over . Ours usually lasts well into October, but it's been the coolest summer on record this year, along the coast of Southern California.

Bovey Belle said...

Love your header photo.

I have driven up to Sheffield and back these past two days - autumn is further along up in Derbyshire - leaves changing on the shrubby trees - and a whole roundabout-full of totally brown Chestnut trees near Stafford, but they are always the first to change colour.

Cooler, darker mornings here and my apples are ripening.