April 08, 2008

Autumn


The glorious summer has ended. I know this because I bought new slippers yesterday, and new flannelette pyjamas last week. My hands as well as my mouth crave hot cups of tea to be warmed by. I put socks on my baby's feet under his stretch-and-grow. My wet, washed hair needs a blowdrier. It's time to put away my red stripy jandals and pull my red scarf out of the bottom drawer.
It's been an amazing summer. It was the summer I went swimming at Scorching Bay with a stripy singlet stretched over my belly then had leisurely coffees at Maranui with sand on my barefeet - on a week day. It was the summer I modelled my boulder-sized body under the trees in the town belt, resplendent in a strapless red top. It was the summer my Harper was born. It was the summer that nappies were dried under the blazing mid-morning sun, cicadas deafening me as I pegged them out. It was the summer I found a pair of sandals I can live with.
Still, autumn and winter have their own joys. Craft night. Mittens. Roast chicken. The Film Festival. Hot chocolate. Sleeping under piles of blankets. Knitting. Red scarves.

5 comments:

sas said...

What a summer you have had! Beautifully written :)

Sarah Lee said...

What a beautiful post and I love the photographs as they perfectly capture the change of seasons. It never fails to amaze me how when the clocks change the seasons seem to know!

Hopefully the cool southerlies will rest up again soon and we'll enjoy some warm autumnal sunshine.

I join you in celebrating a magical summer!

Sarah

Nomadic Emma said...

Would all you Southern hemisphere-ites finally release your vice grip on the fabulous weather and send it packing? After months of darkness, I think we deserve some vitamin D up here... x

Mel or Phil said...

Ooo speaking of hot chocolate, have you tried Mexican Hot Chocolate yet? The good stuff comes in these round discs of pretty much solid chocolate, cocoa nibs, sugar and spices, in packs of eight, which you chop up and blend into hot milk. Once you've had it, you'll never go back to Cadbury's! I've seen the Ibarra brand on sale here in Dunedin, but Abuelita is good too.

tash* said...

You must be loving being able to see your feet going by those photos! And isn't winter great...mmm hot chocolates, knitting and being cosy...