Autumn Leaf in Dog Water Bowl

Haiku 193

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!


31 thoughts on “Autumn

  1. scooj

    I still find it hard to get my head around the hemisphere differences of season. Funnily enough it is due to be 26 degrees in Bristol on wednesday too.

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  2. JustI

    That looks like a Maple leaf. It brings back memories of fall, and raking, and raking, and the wind blowing more leaves out of the trees, and raking some more! Arrrrgh! I’m happy for you!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      It does look similar to a Maple leaf – but we don’t get those lovely red colours you get.
      Also, very few of my trees actually lose their leaves, so the raking up isn’t too bad. πŸ™‚

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  3. paulsprepping

    Ah, summer and the solstice!
    Mind you, this year, maybe I should write ARGH Summer!!!

    We’re really not looking forward to it this year as the Covidiot muppets will be flocking into our little town thanks to our glorious fool of a leader PM Johnson.

    (I so miss boat living!)

    Still at least our roses are shaping up well and the buds are just beginning to open.
    Photo’s will soon appear on the bosses blog.

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      1. paulsprepping

        Yippee! It did work, a snap of our first rose coming out.
        SWMBO calls it a “yellow peace rose”.
        Funny names these things have.
        To me it’s just lovely to look at.

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  4. quiall

    Beautiful! As we are trying to enter in our Summer, we are definitely stuck in early spring weather with an occasional whiff of winter. We are expecting a high of 10 with 25 mm of rain. Sigh. 20 c would be nice.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ˜€
      And Good Grief!! That is jolly cold – tho I really wouldn’t mind the rain – I think we’ve had about that amount so far this entire Year! πŸ˜€
      Like we keep saying – we should swap places for a few weeks’ holiday! You can warm up and I can cool down and enjoy the rain. πŸ˜€

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  5. Murphy's Law

    Terrific photo and Haiku. We’re struggling here to actually get into spring and stay there. We get a few warm days and then it’s cold again!! But we may be on a roll now! πŸ€—
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ˜€
      It does seem that spring is taking its time up there. Hopefully warmer weather on the way for you now. πŸ˜€


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