In the aftermath of the rains the grass grew back lush and green and a whole myriad of wild flowers have sprung up.
With multitudes of butterflies of all different varieties flitting from bloom to bloom. Huge gossamer trails of spider web float about the sky, rising and falling with the heat of the day and the slightest breeze... only web, we have never yet spotted the spider that is surely using the long tendrils of web to hitch a ride.
The days continue to be warm and sunny and I am reminded of English summers in Cornwall when I was a child. We are able to take the dog out for long walks during the day and everyone we meet is friendly and rejoicing that the summer has passed and somehow life is renewed and joyful, just how we feel in spring in the UK.
My daughter and her husband and my darling little grand daughter are coming for Christmas and I am already planning the food. I love looking through the cookery books and selecting possible menus. I may do this for a couple more weeks before making a final choice. There are gifts to be made and I haven't started on that yet so this year's gifts will be a challenge for sure. We do have some rather nice edible gifts on hand but we are discovering that dried figs (even if covered in chocolate and stuffed with alcoholic truffle) are not to everyone's taste. Can't imagine why... they are simply devine!
The maddest thing about living in a foreign country is that so much of the flora and fauna is totally new, and exciting and interesting because of it. We found this weird looking seed under a crab apple tree. There were a couple of them. We cannot think what it is or where it ame from....
The weather is turning chilly now in the evenings but we can still manage 18C in the shade during the day. In the sun its so much warmer of course. We seem to have the best of both worlds - lunch alfresco in the sunshine and then cosy evenings in front of the woodburning stove (if our woodburning stove was ready to use that is lol!).
And finally... if you really want a taste of where we live...