Autumn thoughts ..

I am so lucky. Two weeks ago I was in Edinburgh, finally meeting my new grandson Arthur and reuniting, after 8 long months,with family. I was quarantined for 14 days with baby Arthur and his Mummy and Daddy and then had a week to spend with the other little people and the biggies too! It was done in shifts and mainly outside as Scotland began to experience a rise in case numbers and new restrictions were imposed. It was however, wonderful and I am so grateful for those moments. I know so many of my friends around the world have still not been able to see their families. It is really tough. The little ones grow so quickly, suddenly they’re not so little.

Late summer in Edinburgh and my self isolating view!
Pretty good views from the quarantine bar aswell !
First cuddles…well worth the wait!

The three weeks flew by. One of the strangest things I have found throughout this whole pandemic affair is how quickly time has gone by. You would think it would drag but here we are…October already. I arrived in Edinburgh on the 3rd of September. The view from my guest bedroom come online classroom was still a summer one. Three weeks later, the trees were changing colours and the pavements were satisfyingly covered in enough leaves to kick through! I am still a big kid at heart. I said goodbye to autumn Edinburgh, not sure what season I will see it in again!

Edinburgh weather was very kind and allowed us to catch up safely.
A picnic in the park. My brothers, Laura and lovely nephew, Harry. Chris ( at the front) is like me with photos! Do you have to?
These guys don’t stay still long enough to get them all in one photo!
We even managed to get to the beach. Arthur is wondering why there’s not a fish supper!
Scotland really is a small country..bumped in to this very special friend and Bear in North Berwick..a ten minute chat but so precious.

Back home, we had had rain! The temperatures had dropped to a comfortable 24 degrees average! Not quite as autumnal as Edinburgh but this morning it was. Misty and cool, the smell of wood smoke as farmers begin burning dead wood. Most of the trees in our woodland are coniferous and so the view from our kitchen window is always green but the few deciduous trees there are, are beginning to take on reds and golds. Citrus and olive trees are green/grey all year round! I never realised this until we moved here permanently. Evergreen as opposed to coniferous. The blossoms on citrus trees appear twice a year as the fruit is still being picked! We have lemons all year. Oranges are best in the winter months. The grape vines likewise are now almost bare and we have cleared the huerto and winter planted, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onions, beans,chard, parsley, lettuce and coriander. Patience is needed now. I can’t believe the summer crops have come and apart from some chard, the sturdy aubergines and chillies that keep fruiting , all gone! The last green tomatoes are now chutney! The little orchard beside the huerto has given us some tasty apples, figs and now pomegranates. We are very few huertanos now and hoping the project will continue. It has been an unsettled year and people have had lots to contend with, especially the younger ones with families. It’s only a handful of us oldies keeping things going , which is a pity. We rely on a watering system that we pay monthly for and if the project becomes unviable and the system is shut off , we are thinking of ways to water physically and keep our plot going. Hopefully it won’t come to that.

Granadas y berenjenas.. seasons overlapping !
Good to go again.

The sun is burning the mist off now. It will still be warm enough to lunch outside. The swallows have departed but the blackbirds, sparrows, pigeons and occasional hawk have found their voices again after the August heat retreated. The gentle Murciano Autumn and Winter stretch out before us…walking, cycling, gardening . The big kid in me that loves kicking through leaves also loves and lives to be outside! So grateful.

Home with my boys.
This little guy flew over to say hello a few days ago. Not a great photo but he was very brave and not phased by our huge mut ..a canary? Can anyone help identify him?

One thought on “Autumn thoughts ..

  1. Ah, what happy family photos, Yvonne! I’m so glad you finally made it for a long-awaited catch up and cuddle (lots of those, I suspect!). It’s interesting to see the contrasts between a Scottish and Murcian autumn, both so lovely in their own ways. Good luck with the huerto, I hope you can find a way to keep it going. I honestly believe that community projects like those are crucial in the face of all that has happened this year so fingers crossed. We’re still enjoying a great harvest here but pomegranates and olives are definitely beyond the Asturian climate! Enjoy the sunshine with your boys. xx 🙂

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