Winter came. And went within 36 hours. That's global warming for you.
The garden was getting up to all sorts of tricks, refusing to shed leaves that should have fluttered away in winter. And throwing out shoots from the roses and hydrangea. It's just not natural!
But winter gave one last blast. After the previous weekend when we were all in short sleeves, it was back. Traffic chaos ensued. Shovels were retrieved from the back of garages to clear driveways and roads – and the sledges were dusted down. Children made snowmen and a bunch of juveniles got themselves into REAL trouble for making a 4ft-high snow penis. No photographic evidence, I'm afraid, and I'm certainly not going to Google THAT one!
We woke to the sound of melting snow so I dashed out to take this before it all went. Lucky I did!