As the lovely and talented Cherie gives notice that she refuses to read my lovingly crafted Steinem post at 16:00 [she’d actually prefer to be out walking in nature, can you believe it?] then I have no choice but to postpone it until tomorrow, move the 13:00 post on Good Russian food to 16:00, pre-dinner and post this one on autumn now.
So I’d like you to know I blame Cherie for this autumn post.
The Ladybird Nature Books were lovely and the C.F. Tunnicliffe illustrations were equally as lovely. Yesterday I bought the one on autumn and began reading it to all and sundry.
The mood which overcame them was encouraging so I read a few paragraphs to the youngest girl on the staff and though she recognized none of the actuality, being a modern girl, she was certainly taken by the prose [though she did say I was off my brain]. She wanted to know more. I suggested she go for a long walk in the forest and fields.
My plan is to bring a few paragraphs intermittently this autumn, along with one of the Tunnicliffe illustrations.
Oh dear – should have expected it – whoever has the rights to the Tunnicliffe images has them tied up to profit from them and they’re unavailable. Well, as I bought the book, they can’t complain about a pic of the book [top left].
And some paragraphs:
Mushrooms are growing on the bank and also in the stubble. One does not expect to find mushrooms in the stubble but they often grow there – especially if this is the first year of grain planting after the ploughing of the meadowland. It is easy and safe to distinguish mushrooms from other fungi [which may be poisonous] by the following tests – mushrooms should have pink gills and should peel easily from the edges to the disc to the centre.
The starlings are halfway between their juvenile and adult plumage. They might be considred as teenagers – their bodies are grown but their heads are still young. As young birds, they soon learn that blackberries are good to eat – and they eat a great many.
Some of the sprays hang downwards from the bramble bushes [the greenfinches love the berries] and when their tips touch the earth, they put out roots. In this way, they start new plants and this is why one often sees thick masses of bramble bushes so close together.
And some general pics of autumn: