Having had such a long, hot summer, it sure came as quite a surprise when Autumn decided to hit the city virtually overnight just a few days ago. One afternoon, and that same evening, it was hot and muggy like it had been for weeks, and we were all complaining about the water restrictions that had conspired to make brown the new green, and empty the new accepted pool level. We went to bed grumbling and woke up to the worst wind storm in recent recorded history, with over 100,000 people without power (some would not get it back for 3-4 days) and Stanley Park closed due to the number of falling trees and tree limbs (at least one woman was critically injured when struck by a falling tree). Throughout the city the situation was the same, with more of our old tree stock falling down than I could count, many of them on people’s homes and vehicles. Power lines were down all over the place, and like I already mentioned, it would take days to get things simply working again. It’s going to take a LOT longer to get things back to normal.
Needless to say, along with the wind, we also got the rain, in large enough quantities now over the past week or two, that we’ve completely made up for the worst drought on record, and even surpassed normal totals in some areas. And that was just in a matter of a couple weeks what usually takes the whole year, because up until then we had gotten virtually nothing (the reason for our first Stage 3 Drought Restrictions ever). And Autumn has decided to stay. At least so far. The temperatures have dropped enough that where just a week or so ago even a t-shirt was too much, I’m back to wearing a t-shirt, a shirt, a hoodie, and my leather when I venture outside in the mornings (it does warm somewhat during the afternoons). So since I didn’t feel like heading out again tonight, I thought I would show you a few shots I took out my kitchen window earlier this evening. I found them to be quite relaxing, and since there’s only 7 of them, maybe you will also. At any rate, take care, and we’ll see you soon.