Autumn is a little back to front in this part of the world. Yes, the leaves are falling from the almond trees and the vines are displaying colours reminiscent of the heat of the summer, but we also have growth. Succulent little blades of green are pushing their way through the scorched earth of the summer encouraged by the rainfall. Patches of emerald are sprouting up all around. Orange and lemon trees have produced their fruit which slowly are starting to turn yellow and orange in the autumn sun. Pomegranate fruits are bursting open on the branches, their ruby jewels attracting the birds and the last of the wasps.
And so I sit on my verendah, cup of tea at my elbow and listen to the birdsong and the burbling of the brook (fed by the autumn rains), and enjoy the sun before getting on with some much needed work.