autumn sun

I tell you, since sunlight has once again become transformed from merciless enemy into the most charming and distracting friend, I can’t sit at my desk for more than five minutes without jumping up to watch it play on leaves, spines or thorns. And then I have to play, too, digging up this, moving that, any excuse to bathe in autumn sun.


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And just when I think I’ve seen everything autumn light has to offer and can finally end this protracted truancy from the indoors, we get a lovely rainstorm, nearly a whole day’s worth.
And you know what havoc raindrops and light can play with one’s attention span.

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The ‘Cyclops’ aeonium, shaggy in the recent rain.
Potted aeoniums are being pulled out of the shade. They also love to bask in autumn sun.

I had a Halloween post planned on one of my favorite movies from 2014. Maybe I’ll get to it later today.
I have to admit I was a little shocked at the intense Halloween celebrations this year, with many fellow Metro riders decked out in costume and makeup.
(Halloween is a holiday that really suits LA’s Metro, the one day when all the craziness actually seems appropriate.)
In contrast, our tepid festivities at home included an X-Files rerun marathon, house dark, gates locked, not even a pumpkin on the porch — yes, we’re that house on the block.
Hope by now you’ve scrubbed off the makeup, cleared up the candy wrappers, and are having a wonderful Sunday under this splendid autumn sun.


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7 Responses to autumn sun

  1. It’s funny how all the California garden bloggers are writing about the rain this weekend. It was glorious while it lasted.

    I’m loving the sun too and can’t wait to get outside to do some planting.

    An X-Files marathon sounds great, by the way.

  2. Denise says:

    Gerhard, it’s true, we’re fixated on rainfall. One storm is all it takes to make us rain-giddy again.

  3. Alison says:

    I heard about your rain. I hope it is just the beginning of a nice wet winter for California. Funny how it’s rare to take a photo here in the PNW that doesn’t have raindrops, but for you it’s rare to take one that does. Raindrops add so much to photos, but here they do get boring after a while. We had a few spots of dry weather this weekend, and I got plants moved into the greenhouse, so it was a good weekend.

  4. Hoov says:

    Favorite movie of ’14, can’t wait to see what that one turns out to be.

    Rain-giddy: yep!

  5. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Autumn sun has been elusive here (an oxymoron really) lately. I’m glad that you finally got some much-needed rain!

  6. Kris P says:

    I’m curious about your aborted Halloween post too. Our street is off the beaten path but I’ve bought candy and had it ready for trick-or-treaters without any takers the last 2 Halloweens and, then, this year when I decided to skip the candy (so as not to be tempted to eat it myself), 5 kids show up at our door! I had to scramble to dig up something to offer, sending them on their way with 3 Godiva chocolate bars and a suggestion to share. Next year, it’s buy candy or follow your path and turn out the lights.

  7. Denise says:

    @Alison, I bet you heard us all shouting hallelujah. Yes, I do hear rumors that raindrops get boring after a while up there in the PNW. Wouldn’t it be nice to swap climates for a week or so?
    @Hoov, it wasn’t much of a year for movies, was it?
    @Peter, but it must be nice and snug for you and your plants in the new greenhouse.
    @Kris, I really think this year’s Halloween was the biggest celebration I’ve seen. Must be all the zombie tv shows getting everyone in the mood.

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