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'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Thursday, 16 April 2009

I love Autumn

Autumn has gently arrived in New Zealand.  Well, my part of it, anyway.  The weather is more stable and the days are not so hot.  There is reason to get out the knitting needles (perhaps this will be the winter I finish the blanket) and it's back to porridge in the mornings.  
Helped by the golden early morning light, the park was glowing with autumn-ness this morning:

Familiar paths are yellow and crunchy.

The lower slanting light shows up textures better -

 - and down at the river, toitoi plumes are reflected and boats of leaves sail past:

All the old tired leaves are taking a final, vivid bow, before they fall off the stage.

And my thoughts turn to getting the firewood stacked, the hedge pruned and making a start on that Futurist Movement essay that is due 9 am the first day after the holidays.  


  1. Lovely pictures. I especially like the one of the leaves floating on the water. Thanks for sharing!

  2. At least your North Island autumn does not herald frosty windscreens and short grey days. Smashing pictures as usual... they could almost be of England in autumntime.

  3. Thanks Juliet, YP... No frosty windscreens yet - but in time.

    Robert - we have a four-term scholastic year that goes something like this: 8 - 10 weeks off between 20 December and the beginning of Feb (summer hols), then a two-week break beginning at Easter, another 2 weeks in July, and another in October. Each teaching term is 9 - 11 weeks long.
    I started my Diploma in Art this year, so am back in the system, not as a teacher this time, but as a student... and LOVING it.

  4. Lovely as usual. Really like the leaves floating in the water, such calm..even soothing.



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