Autumn is here


After some days of rain and cloud, today has been glorious, but (as quite a number of people have said, meeting in the streets of Swanage) it is so cold.  Cool is probably nearer the mark, or, as my mother-in-law would have said it’s fresh.

 

Autumn it is.  In that glorious, low-in-the-sky sun the late red admirals and hummingbird hawk moths seem to positively glow with energy and colour.  We are putting in daffodils and taking out vegetables; pruning back bushes and cutting into the rank growth of summer; collecting fallen apples and planning for next year.  

 

The soli is perfect for digging and bulbs and seeds take happily to its damp darkness.  I am saving runner bean seed now, and have enough peas for a row next year, in a paper bag by the bed.  The experts say to store it in an airtight container.  I find paper bags appeal more.  The seeds rustle and can breathe.  Maybe it is me imagining things, but I like to feel that the pulse of life in those dried peas is open to the air.

 

John Mann