The annual bamboo harvest is taking place; mighty stems have been gathered and are waiting to be held aloft, balanced on fingertips, cast into the river or just contemplated.
Meanwhile the Rooks are roosting. Along the road to the Horse Chestnuts and Limes surrounding the church, at 9.26 this evening, the Rooks returned with exuberance. Flying over our house in huge numbers, an impressive sight.
What I find even more impressive is their artfulness in practical matters; during term time I admire the Corvids on the school field. Every day during lessons they hang out and I intend to set up the tripod and photograph these glossy birds full of character. Last week the opportunity was there, holidays had begun and classes were empty but so was the school field! The rooks clearly know the source of their food and for six weeks the school field is of no interest to them.