Over the years that I have written this blog, this image must have appeared before - you might think. Pears on one of our two espaliered pear trees, a heavy crop.
Apples on the fan-trained Worcester, planted more than twenty years ago, again a bumper crop.
And the pear on the other side of the garden, again dripping with fruit, which won't be too long before it is ripening.
But here's the thing: last year there were only four pears on this tree - just four, because it was cold and wet when the blossom appeared. This year, a different story. And pears do not keep: once they are ripe they must be eaten.
I always wonder what it would have been like for those living in earlier centuries. How would they have dealt with such enormous seasonal variation? I guess that is where the expression "a feast or a famine" comes from - they would have starved.
There's certainly something autumnal about today, but at least this year we have had a summer before the year turned.