Across

A message expressing a belief about something (7)
Either of two times of the year when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator and day and night are of equal length (7)
10 Being or having leaves that can be easily removed or rearranged (9)
11 A very dark black (5)
12 Humorously sarcastic or mocking (3)
14 A former French coin of low denomination (3)
15  gather into a ruffle (5)
16 Living in or characteristic of farming or country life (5)
17 React to in a certain way (5)
19 Send payment for (5)
21 (British) a title used before the name of knight or baronet (3)
22 One or some or every or all without specification (3)
23 Issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end (5)
24 A person who is present (9)
28 Watch and direct (7)
29 An abstract part of something (7)

Down

The long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf (4)
A cylindrical tower used for storing silage (4)
fire-resistant door that can be closed to stop the spread of a fire (4,4)
Hinge joint in the human leg (4)
A fried cake of minced beef served on a bun (10)
While absent; although absent (2,8)
Pleasurable expectation (10)
11 Have supper; eat dinner (3)
12 Large oblong or roundish with a hard green rind and sweet watery red pulp (10)
13 An employer who is in charge of a rail yard (10)
14 A shaker with a perforated top (10)
18 The operator of a locomotive (8)
20 The situation in a contest in which the winner is undecided at the end (3)
25 One of four playing cards in a deck having three pips (4)
26 Again but in a new or different way (4)
27 A capacious bag or basket (4)