Autumn at Chalk Cottage

The sun is out at lunchtime lighting up the hedgerows; the autumn insects are feeding on the abundant ivy and there is a surprising diversity of wasps, flies and hoverflies.

In the evening, the lanes are in deep shadow but the sun hangs bright low over the downs until a huge grey cloud inches across the sky and smothers it. The autumn colours of the field maple, elms and dogwood and the profusion of overflowing old man’s beard create rich patterns along the narrow lanes hereabouts.

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