Dateline October 2000
Autumn hasn't had his mind on the job this year. Lots of trees still have lots of leaves, and some still haven't started to turn colour at all. But winter has dusted the mountain tops with a brief sprinkling of snow, as if to give notice that he is waiting in the wings, all ready to start work.
Heavy rain showers make their presence felt, but the sun peeps through from time to time, teasingly reminding us of the summer past.
Autumn is not yet serious. The trees have not yet been persuaded. Many remain firmly gree, though some of the more adventurous spirits have changed colours. One or two brave souls have even entered the spirit of things and shed their leaves.