Normally around this time of year I start to feel the looming depression of long dark days of winter proceeded by grey rainy days in Autumn… but not this year my friends! The first week of October has been spectacular. We have had blue sunny skies coupled with a full moon that has made the sunsets and sunrises a sight to behold.
October usually signals the start of 6 months of wearing boots, jeans and jackets*. In Australia I’d have 1-2 pairs of boots to get me through the winter. I now have about 8. Including snow boots and ugg boots that I actually wear out of the house. In Oz this is only for bogans so imagine my surprise here when on a work trip to Geneva a senior manager wore her sparkly uggs to the office! I am told your feet can grow when you are pregnant because you get heavy and your feet flatten out, so maybe there will be a need for some more boots soon. Possibly uggs to match with my trackies?
October is also a time when my friends in the southern hemisphere start posting their sunny day outings on fb. Grand final BBQ’s, Melbourne cup week, Beach days, Christmas parties and NY’s firework watching seem such distant memories. So my depression gets darker as their days seem super exciting!
October typically has a grey soupy skies here and the surroundings are generally grey to match. Unless you live in the area around Amsterdam, most of the country is a series of villages surrounded by hobby farms then normal farms. So generally you are never more than 5k from a farm, forest or nature area. This is vastly different to the suburban sprawl of Sydney or Melbourne. Initially it was quaint seeing the little Dutch villages and countryside, then in winter it was also depressing. But not this week!
Forget the miserable looking paintings of the past and enjoy country fields with blue skies and flowers! Naturally I had to get out amongst it and appreciate this week as I’m sure it won’t stay this way. As I walk down my street past the reindeer and horses and into the forest I have become fascinated with mushrooms. Yes mushrooms. Last Autumn I was running or cycling and didn’t stop to see them. Now at my 6 month waddle, (maybe it’s still a shuffle), I can see all of the crazy champignons! Brown, red and spotty and striped. They are so cute! Unfortunately I’m not good at bending over anymore but I did try to take some photos;
So I’m into the autumn spirit but I haven’t quite progressed to displaying pumpkins around my front door and hanging autumn leaves on the windows. However, if this weather keeps up you never know!
*I never knew the concept of a ‘summer jacket’ until living here.