Someone once said that August was always quiet - a good time to take a holiday. I am not sure that the Prime Minister would agree having been called back twice from his holiday to deal with the riots and the crisis in Libya.
I returned from my blackberry-free holiday (it was lovely thank you) to find that the good ship RSPB had been equally busy:
I'll try to provide a commentary on these and other issues through this blog as debates intensify over what I expect to be a pretty hectic autumn.
One last thing...
Forgive me if I take a little time to mourn the passing of summer - I saw perhaps my last swift of the year while walking to Grantchester on Sunday night. But, seeing a spectacular fly agaric at the Lodge this week reminds me that it's time to brush up on my mycology...
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