Counting down…

I think it is a little too early, but out here in ruralville the airwaves are already awash with ads for Christmas get aways. At work our coffee room conversations too are taking a decidedly christmas-sy bent: turkey shopping, holiday bookings, grand children, the company christmas ball and fine wine seem to come to the fore a little easier these days. The weather man promised an Indian summer of sorts, but our sun – for all its light – seems to be the evil twin of the one which terrorised us a scant few months ago, all light and no warmth ably aided by the wind which howls through every open space like a spurned suitor.

These days I catch myself gazing wistfully at the city as I walk to and from work,  and thinking – about memory, and time, and loss, and how they all come together to shape the present and define the course of the future. A lot of it is nostalgia, an inordinate longing for how things once were, and will never again be, but I imagine one is allowed some measure of self delusion after all. Deep down in my head, I suspect that my dalliance with old Blighty is done, and I must needs turn my gaze to new vistas soon.

Change – inexorable and ineluctable – appears to be the over arching motif of the season. Outside, the greens of a few weeks ago have turned into dirty browns and the occasional golden reds – where the wind in its fury has not stripped the trees of all their foliage. Life, like an orchestra conducted to a crescendo by an unseen Kapellmeister, hurtles on.

7 thoughts on “Counting down…

  1. Old Blighty ..lol. said like a true son of the soil.
    New vistas?? Nooooooooo. please dont go. dont goooooooooooo
    Don't walk away from wonderful people, a lovely climate..
    ouch..my nose

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  2. *shudders in empathy at the thought of oncoming winter*
    yes! new vistas, new vistas!! going to start chanting in your ear about new vistas! 🙂

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  3. I'm trying to embrace autumn and I'm bracing myself for a harsh winter. Got mates easing the pain of the cold snap with shopping tripa for boots and woolies… Whatever works hey…

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  4. Your town sounds er, quite lovely. Really. Just splendid. I may move there next week if i knew where it was.

    BTW I absolutely love Autumn. The trees are just so pretty.

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