Autumn has been glorious so far this year hasn't it. I didn't used to be biggest fan of this season, but over time it's grown on me. I see how it fits in to the scheme of things. The huge weight of leaves falling and being absorbed back into the earth. Worms and slugs and snails and fungi all doing their bit to make the soil rich and fertile. This is the powerhouse of summer. The cycle of nutrients, building up each year, ready for the explosion of growth in the warmer months.
And so I'm happy to be outside, wandering the country lanes and wooded paths and chalky hills and noticing all the little details of autumn. Plants shrinking back, reabsorbing their energy, holding on to their berries, insects enjoying the last of the sun's warmth.
Partway along we came across ladybirds. Dozens and dozens of them. We counted 14, just on one of us. I guess it was a good ladybird year.
The littlest boy thought the design on this one looked like poppies.
I do hope autumn is being kind to you too. And that you manage to get out and enjoy it over the weekend. Have a good one. CJ xx