Monday, November 22, 2010

Autumn in My Neighbourhood

 On my wedding day 35 years ago (November the 8th), it was 75 degrees.  Two weeks later, at my brother's wedding, there was a raging blizzard and 2 feet of snow on the ground.

While parts of my family in western Canada are already in the grips of winter,
here it is the middle of November and we still have autumn where I live.  Temperatures are hovering around 45 to 55 during the afternoons, lots of rain and fog, with the occasional sunny day thrown in for good measure.  If I have to be stuck ashore this season, I am not complaining. 

Nelson and I frequent the local beach.  At this time of year, we only have the birds for company and the pup gets to run off-lead with impunity.  You know what they say, "A tired dog is a good dog."
I don't know which of us will be more surprised if he ever managed to catch one of these birds.  At least he gets his exercise trying.

The ducks have taken over the marina.  Only the die-hard sailors (3) still have their boats in the water.  They are probably in denial, trying to convince themselves the mild weather will last indefinitely and they will get out to play in the waves one more time.

Although most of the trees are nearly bare...

many are tenaciously hanging onto their fall splendor.

After a good trek around the neighbourhood, we come home to check the progress at the mega-mansion next door.
Yup.  It hasn't shrunk any.  As big as ever.  I'm liking the copper dome and fancy doo dads on the peaks.  Inside our house, things are still in shambles.  I have been waiting to post things in order from beginning to end, the before and after shots.  More dramatic that way.  I need lots of drama in my life--don't we all?  If there were no drama, there'd be nothing to blog about.  :)

What's up in your neighbourhood these days?  Do you have snow yet, or are you living in the opposite hemisphere, like Veronica, heading to the beach for summer vacation?  Either way, keep warm and enjoy the change of season.
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