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Cut off from the outside world for a while by technology failure, but the world keeps on turning, or should I say revolving, and now we have shortening days and cooling nights. Autumn is my favourite season, and this has been a good one in the UK. Lots of ripened fruits here, edible and inedible, apples and pairs, damson plums, haws on hawthorn, rowan berries, I could go on. I'd like to put in a case for the autumn colours of the native American tree Liquidamber styraciflua (Sweetgum), which may not give as uniform a hue as the wonderful maples, but produces a mix of (usually) bright colours over a longer period, and which I see more in British gardens than American ones.  Still getting some roses, and I have a new project to plant a rose border and also put in spring bulbs. Moults on the animals have finished, and now Christmas to look forward to. Hope we get some snow this year out of the unpredictable British climate, but nothing like the US east coast had last winter.
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Sounds like a page out of someone's diary from 1885...LOL
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