Saturday, October 6, 2012


. . . River City, Canada.

The Temperature went down to - 5°C (or 23F) overnight. Yup; it's getting cool. And we are seeing more grey sky.

The trees which had golden leaves are now sporting brown, and the few trees which still have green seem to be going to brown without hitting gold first. 

All the leaves are brown
and the sky is grey
[River City] dreaming
on such an [autumn] day.

(With apologies to the Mommas and the Papas.)

The sign of things to come. What a perfectly dismal time of year for an election. 

Blessings and Bear hugs. 


Irene said...

I doesn't get quite that cold at night here. I think we haven't had frost yet although it does get chilly sometimes. We've had dismal rain. Yoo much of that does get tiring. I'd love to see some sunshine now even if it meant colder temperatures. xox

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Still beautiful here with green leaves on the trees and many of the summer flowers still in bloom. However, that can all turn quickly. The sad part about autumn is that it is all too short. Yesterday we had temperatures in the high 70's. tomorrow will be in the 50's. Red and yellow trees will soon follow.

Helen said...

Same temps here in Bend ... cold at night, fairly nice during mid-day. The difference? We have blue skies and sunshine about 300 days a year ~ so the 'Visit Bend' folks say ~ I think we come close! Happy Sunday!!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Spring in Oz. :-D

ReformingGeek said...

It's chilly down south, too, but we should be in the 80's by mid-week. It's a typical autumn in Texas.

Our trees will often go from green to brown within a week. Crazy.

I hope the bear-fur keeps you warm up there.

middle child said...

And dismal candidates to chose from. I hate when the weather causes the leaves to change from green to brown, barely stopping for a show of color. We've had some beautiful colors though.

Rubye Jack said...

Cold here also, but it's supposed to only be like this for a couple of days and then back into the 70's. I'm loving it but I know it's only for a couple of days. I hope you guys get some more warmth before winter sets in.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Looks like winter is coming early to your part of the country. I'm still enjoying fall, dreading winter, not ready for it!

Kristy said...

Cold here also but had some wonderful leaves. It has been raining for about 2 weeks going on three. It almost is like monsoon season (lol)

susan said...

I found a lovely one to share with you called 'October' by William Cullen Bryant.

AY, thou art welcome, heaven’s delicious breath! When woods begin to wear the crimson leaf, 

And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief

And the year smiles as it draws near its death.
Wind of the sunny south! oh, still delay  

In the gay woods and in the golden air, 

Like to a good old age released from care, 

Journeying, in long serenity, away. 
In such a bright, late quiet, would that I 

Might wear out life like thee, ‘mid bowers and brooks 

And dearer yet, the sunshine of kind looks,

And music of kind voices ever nigh; 
And when my last sand twinkled in the glass,

Pass silently from men, as thou dost pass.

Diana said...

Oh I love that poem that Susan posted! I love October and Autumn and winter. I think of it as a time for renewal. It also allows plenty of time for indoor projects and crafts, of which I have many!!
Your photos really expressed this beautiful time of year.
Love Di ♥

Rosaria Williams said...

Time to clear out the deck and put stuff away. We must have things to look forward to, to break our low light cycle. What are you looking forward to? Are you traveling to the South?
Are you visiting family?
Are you writing that book whose chapters are scattered here and there in your head, on your desk?

Time to plan.
Time to light up our paths.

DJan said...

You know, it's springtime Down Under, Bear. You could always stand on your head and pretend. :-)

Golden Eagle said...

That's cold! The trees are turning gold (and brown) here, but we haven't gotten anything really below freezing yet.

Jackie said...

Brrrrr....Cold in your part of the land.
Still quite warm here in the Southern USA.
Sending warm smiles to you, my friend.

Inger said...

Well, it finally cooled down here too. Not like where you are, of course, but it will be in the 60s next week during the day with 30s at night. Finally, California's dreaming of rain and it may come true next week. Hope so. Are you having an election too? I'm so ignorant of what's happening up there.

Frances said...

Guess your area is now qualified for an Indian Summer. Any chance of it?

We've yet to have that chill here in New York, but pretty soon I will have to really close all the apartment windows.

Meanwhile, aside from this afternoon's and evening's rain, it's quite lovely here. A great time to get outdoors and to feel new energy.

Even at work! xo

Chatty Crone said...

It is great to see you here - no matter what the weather is there. It does look like it's getting kind of cold there. It is in the 60's here but will go back up this week to the 70's.

betty said...

Cold temps and gray sky; rather have cold temps and sunny weather; at least a bit of warmth in the sun. I guess fall has descended upon you all. I think it is a wonderful time for an election, as long as people prayerfully consider their vote.....

do enjoy the changing of the leaves!


Lydia said...

The Mamas and Papas would likely love your twist on the lyrics.

This is the right weather for elections. If they were held under the summer sunshine we would hardly be able to stay awake through all the speeches and debates and interviews and sound clips. :)

Amanda Summer said...

an interesting observation, r-bear. i wonder what our founding fathers were thinking to put elections at this time of year. dismal, yes.

About Last Weekend said...

That's such a violent change of weather!. BTW, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving. Two of my kids are home today -celebrating this apparently.

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

So you refer to the US elections right?
Hope your Thanksgiving holiday was less chilly.

Plain Jane said...

I miss real weather changes. Here in sunny Southern California it is just varying shades of marine layer. Of course I love it in February when the rest of the world is freezing...

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A Lady's Life said...

Here in my glen, I am the last to find out about snow or about cold.We're pretty hidden here.
but its always damp and wet.
In all the years I've lived here only once did I see a river flow down my street from the rain and it made me worry about the houses below me, directly in its' path. But luckily it flowed down into the bog.

The Bipolar Diva said...

I SO don't look forward to this time of year. I wish I could fast forward it!

Gutsy Living said...

Do you think the snow will come soon?

Anita said...

I like your rendition of California Dreamin'. Ever thought about adding song writing to your repertoire? :)

Stay warm!

cheshire wife said...

I do not like this time of year. At least an election spices things up and in a country as large as the US the timing is never going to suit everybody.

lotta joy said...

We saw the beauty of Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana this week. We also know that in one month the beauty will give way to trees without leaves and chilly winds that could shave the quills off a porcupine.

Rob-bear said...

® Irene: We're getting a dismal rain here, too. And a cold wind. Weather fit for neither man nor beast.

® Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Autumn gone too soon? Up here, too. The area where had delightful colours is now grey. Same as the clouds, with their rain.

® Helen: Overcast, dismal, and rainy today. Perhaps I should move to Bend.

® J Cosmo Newbery: Please don't rub it in, J.C.

® ReformingGeek: I can appreciate that change could be quite rapid in your situation.
The Bear-fur is helpful, but the wind cuts like a knife, today.

® middle child: I can so understand about dismal candidates. Usually, I'd be watching the debates in the States, but I have not been able to bring myself to do that. "A plague on both their houses," to quote Shakespeare.
Glad you've had some nice colours.

® KarenG: Winter always comes early up here, Karen, usually by the end of October. We seem to be a couple of weeks early this year, but that's not much.
Hope you are soon ready for winter.

® Kristy: Hope you've survived monsoon season. That kind of weather does not do much for my mental health.

® Rubye Jack: The pattern has been a bit variable, fortunately. But the long-term trend is down, down downward. I suspect significant snow within a couple of weeks. Would you like us to send you some snow?