Summer moved on and we are welcoming autumn!
In all honesty, the last few days of summer this year were a bit of a let down. For we had over a week of cold rains and plummeting temperatures to the point where yesterday we had to put the heating on in the morning.
Yes, in Italy! In the middle of September!
Scandalous, I know. Not to mention the fact that there had already been some snowfalls on the peaks of the Venetian Pre-Alps which surround us. Brrrr!
Thankfully, the sun finally made an appearance yesterday and today, which gives me hope that a
glorious, golden autumn
is waiting for us just around the corner.
Let it be! Please, let it be so! Especially, as we have more rain forecasted for this weekend.
I love autumn in Italy. At least the warm, colourful, glowing side of it.
The bunches of
juicy grapes glistening
on the vines and waiting for a pair of careful hands to gently pluck them and lay them on top of other bunches of grapes in wooden crates ready for the local markets.
The trees with splendid yellow and red leafage which seem to be ablaze on the slopes of the nearby hills and mountains.
The fact that the sun doesn’t scorch you down to a sweaty messy mass, but it still shines brightly so that the undeniable truth that the days are getting much shorter doesn’t plunge you into your first depressive mood for the forthcoming cold season.
The mass wave of tourists has retreated. Venice again is
a joy to visit.
And, without the human hubbub blocking it out, you can clearly hear the irresistible call of the picturesque towns on the shores of Lake Garda.
It is the perfect time to jump in the car and explore.
This autumn I would really like us to see some more of the Veneto’s corners and to re-visit several times old favourites like Venice, Verona and Padua. I also want to take part in a truffle hunt. Go to a traditional autumn sagra. Join an Italian library. Go for lots of hikes and spontaneous day trips. And I want to continue writing every day like I have been doing for the past month. Both in my blog and for the other creative outlets I have been lately pursuing.
Regular writing for sure has helped me to keep my mind clear and uncluttered.
What will you be up to this autumn?
To finish, let me tell you a few words about the photo accompanying this blog post.
I saw these gorgeous decorative pumpkins in the shop today. They usually sell them here at the start of autumn for people to buy and use to decorate their homes.
I love the pumpkins’ random shapes, their deep warm colours, and their pimply, rough textures. Looking at them is like seeing autumn in a bowl.
Enjoy the season!
This post is part of my blog series ‘Photo of the Day’. I use it to share with you several times a week photos which reveal the beauty and the reality of living in Italy and travelling in Europe. These are usually short posts (sometimes more of a caption, really), so that you can enjoy them on the go and use them to bring a ray of colour into each of your days.
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