Oh dear - maybe it is because of our long, hot Summer - Autumn does seem to be arriving early this year. Another day to go and it will be August and I have always said that up here in the North of England Autumn begins with August.
I have not seen a sign of a swift for the last week or so. When it was hot the air was full of insects and the swifts were having a field day. Then the torrential rain arrived and since then no sign. If they have got any sense they will have begun to go South (although hot weather is forecast again for the end of the week. )
As I backed out of friend W's drive at lunch time I saw that the berries on her Rowan were already orange and as I drove home I couldn't help noticing that the grass verges had gone to seed. I don't mind Autumn at all - it can be a long and beautiful season, so let's hope it is like that this year. I think because we had a long Winter which went on especially long with that deep snow in March we are all rather dreading what we might get this year.
I made an infrequent visit to the large supermarket this morning with a vague shopping list. On the rare occasions I do this I always vow when I get home that I will never, under any circumstances, go again. The school children are of course on holiday and a large number of them were in Tesco (the superstore is on the army garrison). I never encounter children in large numbers like this without recalling what my mother used to say - 'God knew what he was doing when he decreed that only the young should have children.' I arrived home punch drunk and it has taken me the rest of the day to recover, especially as I had to defrost my freezer and repack it with some of the food I had bought.
Later in the day we had another downpour after a pleasant sunny morning and early afternoon, but by this time I had done all I was doing so I was happy to settle down with my book. I am re-reading Iris Murdoch, always on of my absolutely favourite authors. I have started with 'The Bell' one of the ones I liked best. She was such a good writer and also writes a lot of prose and not very much reported speech - now that's my kind of book.