Just a week ago my early morning walks were serenely calm with sunrise and mists floating over the landscape.
There haven't been any notable extremes in either temperature or wind and yet in the last week most of the autumn colour has disappeared, seemingly overnight. Just a week ago the beech trees were in their full glory and looked set to continue for a while.
This morning, at about the same time and the same place, it's all gone – well nearly. The trees are largely bare and the colour has disappeared.
On the basis of last week's chaos in the world of politics and today's position, we simply don't know. It might be warm and sunny by the weekend or it might be snowing – in both the political and natural worlds. We can be fairly sure though that the leaves won't be back on the trees, at least not until after next March.