the mild and damp weather is not encouraging the leaves to turn bright colours and the wind is blowing them off the trees early this year, it seems. after a dry and warm four months the water table is being topped up, though the ponds in Bale wood and the ditches in Cakes Lane are still dry.

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half the field maple leaves have gone already

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the rest glow out of the sheltering hedges shining yellow and red

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the bracken is just on the turn, one more stem every day

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some oaks have splashes of brightness,  many  oak leaves are spotted with silk button spangle gall infestation

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there are plenty of berries; hips and haws, masses of blackberries unharvested hanging in black ropes in the hedges

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sycamore leaves and seeds everywhere, the leaves with red stems and decorated with black spot

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some beautiful skies at dawn and dusk when the cloud clears, and big harvest moons at night, I didn’t need a torch to see my way to light the kiln at five thirty this morning

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in the garden damson leaves are turning yellow

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the apples are ready to pick, and the last of the tomatoes harvested; I have just planted broad beans, and the things I sowed a month ago are all well up; sweet peas, love in the mist, japanese salad greens, and cavallo nero.

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translucent sealing-wax red guelder rose berries still on the bush, all the rowan berries were gobbled up by the birds by the end of August

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another firing today – more on that when I open it ….

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