Friday 7 October 2011

Change in the weather

At last we have had some rain. Yesterday we had the first downpour for months, the wind got up and the stressed trees shed their leaves by the million.

This afternoon I have been into the local tourist trap for a haircut and then taken Sweety for a walk down by the river. It is sooooooooooo beautiful.

The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, the golden leaves are swirling about, the already stunning yellow stone buildings seem to glow even more in the autumn sunlight. Because it's so windy you seem to be able to creep up on the cormorants (guillemots or shags?) egrets and herons before they notice you.

But the best thing is that the falling leaves reveal whole new vistas. Today you can see much more of the river than in the summer. You can glimpse chateaux that I didn't even know were there.
Lovely. And now I feel very virtuous and am quite content to sit down with a book that has arrived from The ninth life of Louis Drax. Any good??


  1. When Caroline's dratted dog was dragging me around this morning I couldn't get over how all of a sudden the leaves were falling. It was as if someone has ficked a switch.

    They were coming down like snow, and looked wonderful.


  2. It's odd how it all seems to happen in one day.
    We'd sit on the terrace in the evening, the plane trees would be in full leaf and then next morning the riverside path would be covered in leaves and we could see through the trees to the other side of the river which had remained invisible all summer.

  3. The wind here doesn't seem to be bringing down the leaves yet - just the occasional tree!