Nature is kind in October

I don’t know what the weather is like in October where you (kind reader) live, but Mother Nature has been kind here in the first month of autumn.

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My son David, working in the yard, soaking in the sun, while doing some pruning and removing all the sunflowers. He has done a fantastic job this year!

Autumn began September 23 and my last swim in Okanagan lake was September 24.  Few brave souls other than my son braved the lake that day.

As the month has progressed, we have felt the colder nights, and the changing colour of the leaves.

img_1829Bike riding in the mornings has had to be modified also, I taped over the air flow holes in my bike helmet and wear a face toque on the cooler mornings and gloves for my hands of course.

Still the leaves are beautiful at this time of year, as they turn red or golden. Gradually they fall from the trees and have to be raked up, I will soon have lots of leaves to rake from my cherry and plum trees along with the leaves that blow from elsewhere of course.

This October autumn has been kind, it was too sunny and warm yesterday to wear gloves walking .  The signs of change are there, there is snow in the mountain passes already.

No matter, because sometime after the snow falls in this valley, and we endure the long dark days of winter; spring will arrive and along with it the new leaves and the optimism of spring.

I realize I said endure winter but I like winter also.  Walks when there is snow on the ground have a special silence, and we have snow shoes, and on a sunny day walking on the snow is a delight.

I do confess that December 23 or so when it’s the longest darkest day, I do a little snoopy dance and think to myself – I’m over the hump!  Every day gets longer now! 

But right now as I look ahead, I know November will bring frost on the car windows, and I will be remembering how kind weather was in October.

Thanks for visiting, I look forward to comments.

 

 

 

 

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and say thank you for their encouragement and suggestions.
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25 Responses to Nature is kind in October

  1. Thanks for the photos – I love these. 🙂 In NWT where I work, there’s been snow. Most of it has melted but still. Great to see the beach fire. 🙂

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      I look forward to hearing from you Lynette.

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      • dfolstad58; thank you for following me, I hope you found my writing interesting!, I live in Alaska, we just had our first snowfall 11/16/2019…..I just lost the Love of my life to lung cancer, so I sit here alone reaching out for support, my good neighbors have gifted me with their presence, and bowls of Soup! I do not want to write a book here, just get to know you, I have friends in Australia, all discourse welcomed!

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      • dfolstad58 says:

        mr alaska man. I like your writing, so honest! I have heard wonderful things from my Dad about the nice people in Alaska. I am sorry for your loss, when we lose someone we love deeply, it leaves a huge hole.
        Soup and good friends, that sounds fine. Let’s exchange notes and get to know each other via our writing. thank you for this note.

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      • At last, a friend who desires to communicate with me! Since I am Deaf, I belong to the circle of loneliness, Since I lost my Lady Love, I am here all alone, my Heart keeps on beating, yet my neighbors keep me alive, by gift’s of soup and friendly ness! You Sir, are on a winning streak! I would love to chat with YOU!

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      • dfolstad58 says:

        Happy to chat with you and will soon.

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      • I am tired and will take a nap now! Back to you later!

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  2. Simply Pao says:

    Texas weather is so humid. Still 90 degrees outside 🥵

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  3. ken folstad says:

    You Okanagan Valley wimps talking about winter! Ha!
    I hate to break it to you Dave, but a bit of frost on a car windshield is not winter. Minus 30 or lower is winter. 3 feet of snow is winter, especially when the wind is blowing at 30k from the north.
    Having said all that, and given that I live where we get those extreme winter events, I will still be honest and tell you that I would never have gotten into that lake on Sept.24.
    Take care Dave. Ken

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  4. Bob Smith says:

    Your looking good Dave, stay well Bob

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  5. Alien Resort says:

    I’ll bet the water was cold on Sept 24.

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      The water was quite cool and only one other person besides my son and I went in the water at all. We swam for about ten minutes. We had been swimming in the lake nearly daily all month including one day in the rain. As a result of daily swims we weren’t as nervous about the initial chill and just plunged in once it was up to mid thigh.
      We have a polar bear swim, on New Years Day here and people plunge in, but people are in the water with wet suits in case of trouble, ambulance and there is a hot tub on the beach as well as a bonfire.
      That is cold and I would like to do it once. They do that in many ocean cities like Vancouver but the ocean temperature changes less than the lake, the lake freezes here. Some years we skate on it, and in mild years there is still ice out from the shore about 100 metres.
      Thanks for your comment, come join us New Years Day for a plunge.

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  6. Greg says:

    Hey Dave
    Don’t forget winter brings… curling on TV!

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  7. Terri says:

    I agree we have had a lovely autumn. It’s nice to see you here again Dave. I hope you are feeling/doing well.

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  8. LA says:

    I love October, but this October has been a blur

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  9. Lynn says:

    We have had a gorgeous autumn here in southern Ontario! My favourite time of year & like you, I actually don’t mind winter! We are Canadian after all! Embrace it or get out of dodge!

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      It’s so true, if we only enjoyed summer that would be sad. Each season has things to be grateful for and in Canada we know to dress for the weather.
      My family in the prairies know more about cold winter weather than I do, I admit it willingly.

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  10. You sure live in a beautiful place David! And we do happy dances too in late December and by February we are breathing our thanks for getting through it mostly sane…again. Glad to see you out and about and living well David.

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