I rarely think to photograph the front garden but this photograph from 2011 does remind me of how useful cosmos are for autumn colour, and how neat and dominant is our skyrocket. The rowan tree was planted the day we arrived in what was then virgin soil, some thirty five years ago. Rowan trees are said to bring good luck. And it has. The surrounding beech hedge was picked over by a three year old hooligan of a neighbour but is now so thick in the trunks that my bonsai loving brother-in-law requires them for small pots. Some chance.