It’s hard to capture the loveliness of autumn in words, still less on video. I totally failed to immortalize a magnificent tree that shed most of its leaves over a period of a minute, creating an orange snowstorm. Here’s the tree now.
It being the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, I can at least show you these.
Autumn marks la rentreé, the beginning of the academic year and serious work. I spent many hours here, most of them wondering what the lecturer was talking about.
And what could be more romantic than walking to class or work among the bright fallen leaves?
Watch out for dog turds lurking underfoot, though.
New beginnings are in evidence everywhere, with cranes on the horizon, and buildings popping up all over the place. Alas, fresh starts mean the fall of the old order.
If you were at Newnham College, you may just recognise your old room among the ruins.
The new buildings will be splendid and useful, I know. I trust the people in charge of the change, and I’ve seen detailed plans as well as the architectural model.
But other new starts are less certain, and a hard winter may be on the way.
To take your mind off our crazy world, here’s a two-minute video of the demolition of Strachey.