Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The much-celebrated arrival of fall

Lugnets Allè in Hammarby Sjöstad  |  The much-celebrated arrival of fall on afeathery*nest  |

While I've made no attempt to hide (any) of my feelings about this summer's unexpected heat, I didn't exactly want fall (my favorite season!) to start quite so early.

Which seems to be what's happened as suddenly everyone's donning light scarves and closed-toe shoes and the air has a little nip to it. If that wasn't enough to clue us in, perhaps the insane festival that took place in our courtyard this morning would have made it clear.

Apparently today is the first day of classes—which the school that shares a side of our courtyard with us is marking by lining all the walkways with balloons, having all the teachers stand outside to whoop and cheer as each student arrives with their parents, and, b.l.a.s.t.i.n.g. music. (Why they're playing "Pomp and Circumstance", i.e., the graduation song, for elementary school kids is perplexing).

Now I have to admit that it is cute to watch the reunions between kids and the friendly, but reserved (of course) nods of parents toting travel coffee mugs, but...why are they still standing outside thirty-minutes-later with that song blaring on repeat from the speakers?

It's not technically early, but at 8AM this is certainly infringing on my morning rituals.

One year ago: Reveling in the regression


  1. My favorite season...mostly because everything is orange and red and favorite colors!!!

  2. Your picture shows how beautiful it is here when the buildings turn red and gold!

  3. Thanks! I have a feeling all those vibrantly colored buildings will make getting through a dark Swedish fall/winter a teensy bit easier :).


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