October 28 ~ Sunday

A lovely Fall day here, although the leaves are dropping off as quickly as they are a changing....
The view behind our house at present

Anyone up for raking leaves?


A sampling of our leaves
I planted Pansies in all of my hanging planter boxes and baskets this morning. Had to turn the heater back on today too as a strong cold front has arrived from the northwest.

Thankfully, we are being spared the wrath of Hurricane Sandy here in the Piedmont of North Carolina...but our thoughts are with everyone along the East Coast as they prepare for the storm.
It has been changeable weather this October - one day warm enough to sunbathe, the next torrential rain. We are now in the inbetween stage: warm sun, blue sky punctuated with fluffy white clouds and a breeze to stop us getting too hot. Dog walking is once again a pleasure not something akin to a form of torture in withering temperatures.

The result of the rain is green shoots popping up across the campo. The dusty brown of the hillside and, even more happily, the blackened burned parts from the August/September fires are entering the second spring. What a difference from England, from whence I have just returned, where the russets, golds and bronzes of the autumn trees turned the green patchwork of England's countryside into a jewelled cloth.

Pretty as England can be in the autumn I prefer the relative warmth of southern Spain especially when friends in the north-east of England report snow.

Viva EspaƱa!