Putting the weather aside, it has been a wonderful British summer, with the glory and enthusiasm of the Olympics and Paralympics, and with the heightened patriotic feelings brought about by the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
The two places in the county which the Prince of Wales visited yesterday chimed well with his interests in heritage and history, albeit in two different ways.
Ludlow speaks of medieval splendour and fine traditional architecture, a town which has moved with the times without being spoilt by progress. It also has a racecourse with which the Prince is very familiar. It is amazing to think it is almost a decade since he opened the Jubilee Stand there.
Then it was on to the premises in Telford of a charity which he founded, and then to Ironbridge Gorge, which is celebrating a jubilee of its own, as it is 25 years since it was designated a World Heritage Site.
The links between Prince Charles and the cradle of the Industrial Revolution are longstanding. As museum patron, it is like home turf for him.
Everywhere he went during his Shropshire visit he was greeted by enthusiastic and welcoming crowds. Had the Prince seemed a bit distracted, it would have been understandable, with both his sons currently facing very different trials and pressures.
Harry is in a combat zone and, if the Taliban is to be believed, was the target of an assassination attempt. William and his wife have been the subjects of a squalid intrusion into their privacy.
Yet Prince Charles was relaxed and happy. Maybe being in Shropshire and among Salopians agrees with him.
With temperatures dropping and autumn at the door, the visit by Prince Charles to Shropshire was a great way to round off a season of many glittering highlights.