September 21, 2008

This week in wildlife

Autumn came late to the city this year, the hot, hazy days of August giving way suddenly, in mid-September, to torrential rain which has brought the grass up lush and high, lending a last blowsy fullness to window boxes and laying the dust and heat-haze down that has been building up all the dry summer long.
The plane trees’ leaves have stayed fat and full along Brixton Hill, and Rush Common grows green and rank again in a last-gasp parody of spring. The rain raises the worms, and the blackbirds, silent and moulting for most of August, have returned unheeded to the gardens of SW16.