I live in a country that continues to have specific Seasons. Thankfully, they do blur rather than bump as the change occurs, and largely the changes are quite beautiful. The most special for me, is from Spring to Summer. May is just bursting with all the potential and the new growth and the promise of colour and scent and lazy days to come. But, perversely, I can even argue that opinion on behalf of myself! The change from summer to Autumn is after all, a spectacle. And one that I don't think many people tire of. Autumn this year is a cut above. Yep, all the usual changes, but acompanied by higher than average temperatures; an Indian Summer, I think. Here we are in the last throes of September and I'm still sitting about in a t shirt and enjoying mid morning coffee in the garden. I know, it's a really desperately hard life. I should add, that whilst all week has been lovely, mid morning coffee in the garden is only happening today. But it feels fab.
And when I'm sitting on my unweeded patio and sipping coffee and pretending I'm unencumbered by chores and deadlines, this is what I see....my workroom window. Protected from rain by this Russian Ivy. We are ruthless with it, hack it back, cut off new sprouts, curse it when it drops its seeds. They are small round seeds and at this size of growth, they fall through the leaves and sound like rain. Very like rain. And they create a 'dune' on the patio, like ultra thick sand. It's amazing really. And we continue to give it house room because of the show it puts on in September, for about a week.
It's insane isn't it. In the space of a fortnight, it's signalled the arrival of Autumn, but not for long. Next week, it'll turn crispy and drop every single leaf....if I have my workroom door open, they often gently float onto my desk. It's lovely, and sometimes wakes me up from my procrastinatory dreaming. So it has a partial use.
I am not ready for longer nights, dark mornings, low temperatures. I remain convinced that Mr Dunnit and Me were accidentally transported from Southern Oceans....maybe at the time when we were a tangible twinkle in respective parents eyes. Who knows. But, while there's beauty and late sun, we're enjoying it. Long may it continue.
Have a lovely weekend!