Autumn is here in our beautiful Sussex woods bringing a bright tapestry carpet of leaves. The dappled sunlight through the canopy catches the mass of red hawthorn berries and the toadstools beneath. The squirrels are busy burying nuts in the soft earth. Walking in the woods yesterday along narrow frondose paths, we emerged overlooking a sunlit valley where the buzzards were wheeling overhead, mewing to each other as they circled in the thermals. Our dog was fascinated by the multitude of scents as the tracks of deer and badgers criss-crossed our path.
Meanwhile in our garden the roses are in a final flush and the recent warm weather has encouraged herbaceous plants into a second flowering. I picked armfuls of flowers and ornamental grasses to decorate the cottage.