The weather changed significantly this week; not that it was cold, at 10.30 pm on Monday evening the temperature was registering 20° C. These warm nights are one reason (the main reason) why we don’t have very much autumn colour in my area. It is the shock of the fluctuating temperatures that causes most leaves to change to the red, oranges, purples and yellows that we associate with autumn; here the difference between day and night doesn’t change so much until January or February by which time the leaves have just turned a boring crispy brown and fallen.
The difference has been that we’ve had a week of overcast skies; this is such an unusual occurrence that for one week I can actually enjoy it! We’ve had some rain but not as much as you would have thought if you’d seen and heard the thunder and sheet lightning during the Monday night.
Probably only because the light is different but the slope does have the monochromatic feel of winter about it today.
Has autumn arrived in your garden? I’m about to put my summer clothes away; most Italians change their wardrobes four times a year; this year I didn’t even get all of my summer things out so it won’t be such a hard job. In the UK I didn’t really ever completely put away one set of clothes and bring out another. Do you change what’s in your wardrobe with the seasons? That’s what it is called in Italian “Cambio della stagione” Change of the season.