Colour yesterday, Light today.
The year is turning. September is a handful of days away now and on our walk down the lane this morning it was evident, its presence hovering out of sight just round the corner, but suggested by the air and the quality of light nonetheless. The nights are drawing in- have you noticed? It was dark by 8.30 last night. It will soon be time to pick up the knitting I put away in April and continue with the blanket I am making from heathery-toned wool.
I still have a remaining bat survey to do, counting Daubentons along the river as they sweep the surface of the water to catch their favourite insects, and one or two flutter transects remain, as well as a Dormouse survey, but mostly the Wild Things in whose company I have passed the summer have settled and faded and it is largely bees and birds who are out and about now- everyone else is preparing to stock up and sleep out the cold winter months.
I like the changes between the seasons. I wouldn't cope so well if we were Equator-Bound. I need the reset of each turning month, the subtle changes in weather patterns, the rise and fall of temperatures and the waxing and waning of the light. It keeps me grounded and lets me know where I am.
The quality of the light here this morning is beautiful. Possibly because we've been without sight of the sun for several days as the Wet Stuff poured down out of the sky. We've embraced it fully this morning, the doggy folk and I, ambling around the different parts of the garden noticing the blooms that are still shining and watching the light bouncing off things. Pop has found a square of sunlight on the floor and is lying in it by my feet as I type.....
T and P wanted me to include this photo of them both for their Favourite Aunty Amy, who is feeling a little unlike Super Woman today. They think she could do with one of their special nuzzles, so they're sending it via this blog post whilst Fiercely Keeping An Eye on the front gate for any Foolhardy Intruders who might dare to step onto their territory uninvited. Never mess with a Small Dog or two, eh? :o)
Hope all are well and that there is some Light with you, wherever you are today.