Or should that be, more signs on top of the blackberries, crabapples and general jam-making frenzy. Anyway, I spotted these out walking yesterday. I have no intention of picking and eating them.

The colours are simply glorious. I can’t decide if that’s despite the dank, overcast weather we’re having, or because of it. Maybe these shades are naturally more vibrant in autumnal light.

Seeing lovely things like this almost makes up for everyone saying, all the time: “It can’t be autumn – we haven’t had a summer yet!”

Other signs of autumn: a Christmas catalogue arrived in the post this week, and I felt driven to clearing clutter away from the kitchen/ dining room fire. It’s not actually cold, but the change in the light spurred an urge to be able to get near the fireplace ready for a warm.

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