Autumn leaves are beginning to fall in Devon, a clear demarcation of the seasonal change taking place. The once green leaves, that we watched unfurl in the long-awaited spring, turn red and orange and shine like stars in the damp morning light before falling to the ground where they shrivel. Slowly they rot and decay eventually replacing the nutrients that once fed them. The new growth suddenly burst open last springtime, forcing us to crane our necks to see the utter beauty of another approaching summer uncurling in front of our eyes, translucent and fresh. Now they fall, marking the slow onset of winter, diminishing daylight and long periods of dark, damp weather. The cycle of life continues.