The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The In-Between

It’s not quite summer and not yet autumn. The days are warm and the nights are cool. I sense a shift in the seasons, a subtle change in the air. Morning mists lie heavy in the valleys like misplaced spirits that flee at the first rays of the sun. It is a time of transition; a time of mystery. Gone is the blinding light of long summer days. In its place is the golden light of autumn that suffuses everything with majesty and secrecy. Because autumn is always a mystery, unraveling slowly.
Summer flowers (1)
And this passage of time, these in-between days, give us the time to embrace the wonderful change that is about to take place. Already the leaves of the vines have lost their vibrant green colour and are slowly turning orange and brown, the fresh green grass has sprung up in the shade of the centuries-old Aleppo pines and the pomegranates are starting to ripen.
Summer flowers (2)
It is time to fold and store the garden furniture, to shut the windows against crispy night breezes and to prepare for the death of the year. Because there can be no beginnings without endings; no meetings without partings. Such is the circle of life.
Summer flowers (3)
Summer is gone and I bid it adieu. Goodbye swimsuits; hello rain boots. I am standing, with bated breath, at the threshold of the golden season; mesmerized by its light and seduced by its charms.
Sunflowers in our Garden
Summer 2012


  1. Summer is coming to an end here for me too! I am sad to see my flowers died down, and not very welcome the cold weather yet, but it's, it is the circle of life..

  2. Hello Loree:
    This is such a wonderfully atmospheric description of this time of the year when summer still lingers and autumn, as we properly know it, has not fully arrived. And there is, of course, a radiance to the days, reflected in the images of your golden sunflowers.

    1. This time of year always fills me with a sense of awe and mystery.

  3. 'And this passage of time, these in-between days, give us the time to embrace the wonderful change that is about to take place.'

    Loree, this moved me to no words. Stillness and contemplation.

    Thank you.

    1. Dear Suze, I am humbled by your kind words.

    2. You underestimate your own power, my love.

  4. Such beautiful words and so descriptive of this time of the year... just perfect... xv

  5. With Summer over comes the season I love most , Autumn!
    Nice post and beautiful pictures.
    As for your comment on my craft blog, yes Asti has its Palio and it is historically older than the Palio of Siena but not as famous, unfortunately.

    1. I need to read up on the Palio of Asti. I hate not knowing that Siena isn't the only place where a Palio is held.

  6. Beautifully written and mesmerizing just like the actual Autumn days!
    Lovely sunflowers! Thank you for sharing your God-given talent of writing : )

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  8. Loree this was a wonderful post - your words that describe the in-between touches me - there is always a certain bittersweetness that comes with the changing of the seasons. Your sunflower pictures were beautiful - love that song as well. Have a wonderful slide into Fall. God Bless

  9. Lovely post! Although I will miss summer, I welcome autumn ~ the cool breezes, warm hues.. there is something spectacular about this time of year.
    Wishing you a fabulous week! xoxo, B

  10. the images of the sunflowers are stunning, but it is your description of Aleppo pines and ripening pomegranates that stopped me in my tracks...

  11. I'm trying to imagine those gorgeous sunflowers, full of rich color, against the stone that is so common on your island. We have few things made of stone here so we love to see the grey ancient quality of it. To have those in your back yard is wonderful.


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