It's a broad brimmed felt hat, plum coloured. I bought it in Hythe last year- or was it the year before? Anyway, it's too hot for summer. In summer I wear a hat that looks like its made of straw but is actually made of paper- that is if I wear a hat at all.
It's true about autumn. We seem to have moved very quickly from a record-breaking heatwave to the weather we have at present- still warm most of the time, but changeable. It rained quite hard this morning. The grass, which was suppressed by the heatwave is growing again. Our nearest neighbour down on the Maidstone road has been burning his garden waste and the smoke has been blowing our way- and that's an autumn smell. The other day in Lewes I bought Victoria plums from a stall on the High Street.