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2/31 Happy Autumn Yay!



A bosc pear cored and sectioned, on a red bandanna in front of a computer monitor
Snack on an autumn afternoon


It's fall! My ride to work this morning was characterized by a light overcast (the sun a silver coin, the river stainless steel) and no rain. It's cool--one could go as far as to say chilly--and I'm wearing my magenta wool-and-silk scarf for the first for-real time since I finished knitting it last spring.

DarkEmeralds in profile wearing a heavy textured magenta handknit scarf
Me and my scarf


I love October! And in a few minutes I'm leaving the office to join [personal profile] dine for dinner. It will be fannish and delicious.

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twasadark
Oct. 3rd, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
You're so stylish!

Happy Fall!
emeraldsedai
Oct. 3rd, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
Aw thanks. I can be, with good lighting and a lucky shot. :D
helenajust
Oct. 4th, 2013 08:56 am (UTC)
Yay! Lipstick matches the scarf, which is beautiful. I do like autumn, but I think I'd like it more if it didn't follow summer - that sounds silly, but I love the warmth so much that I resist and resent the ending of summer.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 7th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
Then I hope you have a mild winter wherever you are!

Me, I'm the opposite: I face the onset of summer heat with great trepidation. I like the cold. Funny, that.
helenajust
Oct. 7th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
I suspect it's to do with the different climates we've experienced. My parents went to Southern Africa from England before I was born, and only returned when I was 10. So I was used to constant hot and sunny weather, with a defined rainy season which lasted a month or so.

I found England rather dreary (one couldn't rely on the sun's shining even in summer), wet, and chilly. Our winters are not usually severe but it wasn't until I put on too much weight that I stopped feeling cold most of the time! Our summers are only occasionally humid, so when we do have some heat I can revel in it. I still yearn for sunshine and it makes a terrific difference to my mood. I love thunderstorms (we had wonderful ones in Africa) and quite like wind, but I can't stand grey drizzle. I do love snow (we rarely get much), because after several decades it still feels novel and exciting (I blame/credit the Enid Blyton books I read as a child, in which they always had a foot of snow overnight).

If we had sustained periods of humidity I expect I'd welcome cooler weather too.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 9th, 2013 06:40 am (UTC)
How interesting! It's as if we have mirror-image upbringings. When I was 11, my family moved from the northern temperate zone to the tropics. I was used to cool and gray, and never could adjust to the heat and humidity of the Islands.

I read somewhere that where you live when you're about nine years old is the climate and geography that gets impressed on you as "home". There may be some truth to that--my younger brother, who turned nine when we live in Hawaii, has wound up back in a sunny, southern, beachy place, whereas I've ended up back where I started, in Portland.

Do you think you'll ever return to live in Southern Africa? Have you ever been back?
helenajust
Oct. 9th, 2013 07:20 am (UTC)
I certainly felt that Africa was home for a very long time, and now I'm not sure where home is! The life which I remember as a child no longer exists. I have been back to Africa, but not to where we were since it was so lawless when I travelled that they simply wouldn't let tourists go there. It was wonderful being back in Africa - the enormous spaces and distant horizon, the amazing night (the moon and starts are so clear and bright that one can easily understand how they were worshipped by ancient man), and the warmth.

But it would be impossible to live there now. I've just realised that my preference now for living in the countryside, with expansive views, just might have something to do with the space and openness of Africa!

I love the sound of Hawaii, but I can't cope with humidity. I suspect children don't really notice it, since I can't remember it as a child - but also I think where we were it was really only a problem for a couple of months in the rainy season.
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