Single golden leaf
Floating in the water bowl
I guess it’s Autumn
One swallow does not a summer make, nor a single snowflake winter, but in Cape Town, a solitary fallen leaf does make Autumn!
Autumn and Spring are so brief here that you have to look at the calendar, rather than the weather or flora, to know what season it is.
Although there is a chill in the air, during the day it is warm and pleasant, usually around 20C, (26C on Wednesday!); what I would call a nice Summer’s day in England!
Right now in my garden, I still have roses in bloom, as well as the honeysuckle, plumbago, hibiscus and frangipani. The camellia is absolutely covered in buds ready to unfurl into massive pink flowers.
So yes, one golden leaf fallen from the grape vine is as good an indication as any that it is actually Autumn.
After all, the 20th of next month is the winter solstice!