ON THE LAWN under my mum's old Horse Chestnut tree, dozens of leaf stems are now standing upright. Earthworms pull them down into their burrows. There are more, again horse chestnut stems, sticking up between the cobbles at the end of the drive.
A male Pied Wagtail pirouettes down onto the road, closely followed by the female. Luckily they take off again as the traffic rumbles into view.