Sometime around the beginning of next week (Sep 21 to Sep 23, depending on which book you read) the autumnal equinox will occur, when day and night are equal. Whether or not we notice it will depend upon the weather. Yesterday (in spite of very high pressure on the barometer - can somebody explain how) it drizzled here all day and by half past six in the evening it was almost dark. Today - as the sky photograph above shows - it is glorious, although as the wind has swung round into the North East - it is distinctly autumnal in temperature.
Lovely how everything is drawing to a close - leaves are beginning to turn brown, fungi pop up everywhere overnight, flowers in the garden have taken on that faded look, cobwebs hang between branches, giant spiders (I believe these are always "lady" spiders who have eaten their mates - I like the idea but am not sure whether or not it is a myth!) lurk in the corners of rooms and come out at a rate of knots just as one is sitting down to watch something on the telly.
I went with my daughter-in-law round the garden centres today - and there is a distinctly autumnal feeling there too - very few customers, everything has 20% off and all the plants are beginning to doze off. However - the hebe was still in flower and the butterflies were mad for it.
As our own contribution to the season, the farmer has just lit our wood-burning stove for the first time - very exciting (see photograph!) - all that remains is to tip the jig-saw out onto the dining table, settle down for the evening, draw the curtains and it's Goodbye Summer!