It happens every year. Suddenly there is a dramatic change. For a few weeks it seems to get dark just a tiny bit earlier each night and then suddenly you look out of the window (as I did tonight) at six o'clock and it is almost dark. Alright, to it was a cloudy, wet night, but had it been otherwise it would still have been dusk.
And the same goes for the weather. Just three weeks into Autumn and after several weeks of pleasant, sunny weather, suddenly it is cold - and I really do mean cold. Today it has never got to what I would really call daylight and has just been gloomy. Sitting in our usual Tuesday morning cafe relieved the gloom for a couple of hours but that was the coffee, the toasted tea cakes and the friends more than the weather outside the window.
And then there are the leaves on the trees. Or rather there were the leaves on the trees, but over the last three or four days, as far as the ash trees are concerned, it is more the leaves off the trees. I was hoping for a glorious, colourful Autumn - so come on weather - give us a change for the better.