Nature’s seasonal cycle ticks by and we relish the cooler temperatures as summer comes to an end. There’s an expectancy in the air – the swallows begin to gather, and a steppe buzzard hovers in the area. Soon the migrant birds will leave the shores on their long trip to the north. Meanwhile there is a feast to be had with the fruiting plants. Berries are plump and juicy, all ripe for the picking. There’s an extra ‘frisson’ in the air too as mating couples pair off for the next chapter. The winter rains will bring good vegetation and nutrition for pregnant females for the coming spring and the birth of their young.