A whole, new colour palette appears in autumn. From late September, the trees come into their own. Suddenly I’m surrounded by a spectacular show of fabulous shades of red, gold, yellow and bronze, making everything else pale into insignificance.
Now’s a good time to seek sheltered sunny spots in the garden. On the Upper Terrace, crab apples ripen and attract wildlife, making it a great place for birdwatching. The roses enjoy a last burst of growth, until the first frost comes around late November.
One autumn, when we cleared the meadow, I saw a group of kites spread their expansive wings and swoop down for prey in the newly exposed soil – a truly magnificent sight. I also love seeing deer grazing in the woodland. You can see where they have been by the neat ‘skirt’ of leaves on the trees at head height.