3 OCTOBER 1947, Page 17

The Welcome Rain

The sight of " grass returning to the fields " gave Horace notice of the coming of spring. With us today it has announced autumn. The welcome watersprouts of blessed rain (for which Meredith's " Wedded Woman " yearned) have had an almost instantaneous influence on the grass, though the date of natural growth had been passed. The " fairways " become only less green than the pampered " greens." The commons are no longer a patchwork of green and brown. The geese begin to fatten if hardly in time for Michaelmas, and farmers look with some hope for a slight revival in the yield of milk. Perhaps the greatest beneficiaries from the rain have been some of the birds, for the buried worms have come to the surface in myriads and the rooks have been gorging on favourite meadows.