As I write we have less than two weeks left of summer here in the northern hemisphere. Autumn officially begins on 22nd September this year and you can already feel the beginnings of change. The light is starting to mellow from the harsher sunlight of summer and the foliage on some trees is starting to change.
We count ourselves very lucky to have a pair of swifts come every year to raise a brood under our roof edge, but they have long since left to spend their winter in Africa. Their arrival in the Spring is awaited with great anticipation – will they make it this year? It is such a relief when they finally arrive and a joy to see them swooping and screaming through the air on summer evenings.
Swallows no longer seem to be attracted to our part of the village but I could not resist painting one after having seen several in the air round me as I worked one day.
They are still around but it is a sign that summer is finally over when they begin to congregate on the telegraph wires in preparation for their long flight south.