I took this photo a couple of days ago when it was raining. The gossamer seems to have arrived at last but mostly on shrubs or trees which are densely packed with leaves.
'According to legend, this delicate thread is the ravelling of the Virgin Mary's winding-sheet, which fell to earth on her ascension to heaven....... Probably the name is from Middle English "gossomer", goose summer, or St. Martin's summer (early November) when geese are plentiful...'
This comes from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable - my copy is stuffed with bits of paper giving definitions for all sorts of things which have caught my fancy.
I still think this looks like medieval chain mail because it's heavy with raindrops.