Some acorns are turning brown as they ripen while most remain green even on the same cluster on this oak tree. Plenty of acorns have already fallen elsewhere despite the early stage of autumn. Many still remain on the woodland floor from last season.
The dried brown fruit clusters, each fruit with a single seed, are still on the lime trees although the leaves are still green. It will not be long before strong winds detach the winged seeds and they come spinning to the ground.
A lonely bent pine now stands amongst the stubble of a harvested wheat field. It is the only survivor of a handsome clump of trees that stood among the wheat seven years before. I seem to remember several winters ago catching glimpses through the hedgerow of a large fallen tree as the bus passed along the lane. Everything changes.
The countryside around Charlton Down this April is a landscape of rolling hills covered by a brightly coloured patchwork of flowering oilseed rape fields contrasting with spring wheat, each patch separated from the next by boundaries of ancient field hedgerows and trees with branches just springing into life.