Crane migration: the cranes will be making their long trek back from Scandinavia down through France to winter in Spain. You can follow their progress on this website.
Ceps - the damp but still relatively warm autumn is the peak time for edible mushrooms. Look for ceps in pine forests, where they live in a symbiotic relationship with the conifers.
The dominant roadside flower will be the pale Yellow Toadflax Linaria vulgaris (la linaire commune).
Anniversaries: one year ago we got our fireplace. Now we have insulation, the fire should heat the whole house.