It's been raining. It's colder. The skies are grey. It's darker earlier. Daylight saving has ended. The fire restrictions have been lifted!
As you can see - we celebrated!
Satisfyingly, even though the pile was a bit damp after some recent rain, it went up quickly.
Given that we are now enjoying a late autumn I thought it apposite to include some other autumn flavours in the spirit of Keats.
Here are five things I love about autumn:
1 The picture on the left has me and Bazil enjoying the milder autumn weather while also enjoying the fire.
Bazie is old now, pretty much deaf, not the best at following me into the Red Phoenix Farm paddocks any more, can't jump into cars any longer, a little night blind, has to take some daily medications, doesn't like the high heat of a Nu Zild summer or the numbing cold of our winter.
So autumn is perfect for him.
2 Keeping with an animal theme -this Bruegel picture - The Return Of The Herd (Autumn) - captures a wonderful essence: the gathering dark clouds, the still brown hills gaining some green, the change of clothing and the trees shedding their leaves. Love this!
3 Best short read on the essence and lessons of autumn? Try this http://peterborten.com/all/the-essence-and-lessons-of-autumn/
4 Bob Dylan composed this terrific song about a relationship. Like summer, it's ended and the winds are starting to howl. Johnny Cash's voice is a perfect complement and the whole thing is made even more wistful by the wonderful visual of a brooding sunset. Genius.
Watch the clouds go by. Go on - you won't regret it!
5 Ed Sheeran is touring Nu Zild at the moment - this charming young man - so here's an Ed moment to finish us off.
Love and peace - Wozza