We are now a week past the autumnal equinox (20 March in NZ) and autumn has most definitely arrived.
|Late autumn splendour on the farm|
The nights are much cooler and some places further south have even had light frosts. The days are no longer swelteringly hot, but pleasantly warm. The mellow warmth of autumn is what makes this one of my favourite seasons.
Hamilton city has a very temperate climate so we do not get as much autumn colour as places further south do.
|A lone spot of autumn colour|
Birds are now more in evidence again. Their summer moult is finished, they have no nestlings to care for, now is a time to fatten up before winter cold arrives.
|Can you see the thrush who had been eating these berries?|
The garden is returning to life after struggling with drought conditions for the last few months.
|An autumnal display on Napier's Marine Parade|
Autumn harvest is also beginning.
|Crab apples ready for picking|
When we lived in the country I loved the misty atmosphere of autumn mornings.
|Early morning, south of Te Awamutu|
Autumn is also the time for cleaning up things before winter, the time for autumn fires in the garden and out on the land.
|Clearing tree rubbish on the farm|
I am trying to learn to appreciate each season as it happens, instead of my usual complaining about it being too hot or too cold. This morning we had some rain to water the earth and I am doing my best to look for beauty and be thankful. The cloud is breaking up now and the sun is peeping through – and I am finding it much easier to be thankful!
Enjoy every day as it unfolds,
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