I did add a chicken bullion cube, I’ll admit. I love cream of potato soups as well (which this one sort of was, without the cream. The original recipe doesn’t even call for butter, just vegetable oil).

I don’t know how it is in Britain, but the Penn State meterological experts say that in Central Pennsylvania, looking at average temperatures and other markers, the first of the month in which an equinox or solstice occurs is very close to the average date for the beginning of a new season. This year, our first clearly autumnal days — morning temperatures below 50F on my front porch — occured last week. But of course we’ll keep having bouts of summery weather well into October, if it’s a normal year.