September has been lovely, the perfect start to autumn. Bright days, sunshine and cloudless skies with occasional light rain.
It has been breezier. Fresher winds herald colder times but our cold season will be shortened by every dry, mild autumn day. I'm hoping they stay around for a while.
Our garden blooms have all but disappeared. The leaves are beginning to turn and fall from the trees. We will soon have a carpet of browns, oranges, rusts and reds.
Almost every shrub and tree in the garden are covered in jewel coloured berries. Deep purple elderberries, red hawthorn, bird cherries, honeysuckle and orange rosehips.
All sorts of fungi pop up overnight. The most amazing colours and shapes. I have no idea which are edible mushrooms so I regard them all with uncertainty. I won't be adding them to mealtimes any time soon.
I have lovely memories of collecting mushrooms in the fields on our farm with my granny years ago. Gathering them in a wicker basket and chatting as we went. Probably why I still have a fascination with all manner of fungi. It's a shame that her knowledge is gone now.