Here are the Autumn Crocus (Colchicum) in the garden opposite where I live. I love them and had some in my previous garden. You forget all about them and then, suddenly, one morning they are there - all flowers and no sign of a leaf. A sure sign that Autumn is on its way - and it is a lovely Autumn day today to prove it.
I had to go into town this morning on business and then to buy one or two things because I am cooking for friends tomorrow evening and I want to experiment with my Slow Cooker. I called in our usual cafe and had Scampi, Chips and Peas for my lunch - lazy I know but I had had a busy morning and walking around town for me is very tiring. Now I am home, the basics of my base for my Cottage Pie are cooking on Auto in my slow cooker and my friend has rung to say we will not meet this afternoon but leave it until later in the week - so all pressure is off and soon Tess and I will have a wander.
Now that the children have gone back to school our little town has been taken over by bus-loads of Pensioners leaving their touring holidays until there are no hoards of children around. The cafes are still full but few, if any, children around (lots of dogs though,as there always are). Almost all the Holiday Cottages up here take dogs as we are in hilly country - ideal for walking and ideal for dogs. We get a huge variety. Many of them these days are of the mixed variety (no longer called 'mongrels' but given fashionable names as they are a straight cross - ie Labradoodle (Labrador/Poodle;) Cockerpoo (CockerSpaniel/Poodle); and even Jug (Jack Russell terrier/Pug). Sometimes I do wonder if we might be storing up health problems with some breeds for the future - although we have a Labradoodle (Smarty) lives near to us and he is a darling I must say. Do you have any views on the matter?