Autumn on the island always reminds me of the ‘transformation’ scene in a theatre production. It’s that time of metamorphosis when the coastal scenery undergoes a visible, and often dramatic, change of colour, light and atmosphere. Days can be muted and grey or bright, vivid and sparkling. In the next few days high winds and strong currents are forecast – the beach below the cottage will be washed and stripped and we’ll see something of the rocky skeleton below the sandy surface.