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Summer's farewell

Wansbeck autumn Wansbeck autumn Colin Adsley

In the England of Shakespeare's time, as in America today, autumn was referred to quite simply as the fall.

While September's shortening days gradually signal that summer is passing, the change in the appearance of the countryside as October ends is brief and dramatic. Trees and water in particular take on a new glamour, like our Homepage image of Bolam Lake in its magnificent autumn colour. But many other scenes we have passed by without note through the rest of the year suddenly catch the eye and touch us with their poignancy. This bounty can be found everywhere. The view above is of the river Wansbeck between Ashington and Morpeth, but every town and village is surrounded by such sights, as leaves turn to gold and a gentler light suffuses them.   

The message is simple. Get out and enjoy summer's fleeting farewell while it lasts...

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