Suddenly it’s autumn in Switzerland. Overnight the ice cream stand at the station in Zürich that I walk past on my way home from work has disappeared, to be replaced by the ‘heisse Marroni Maa’ (the roast chestnut man), roasting his chestnuts in a big metal pan and dishing them out in paper twists to homeward-bound commuters. We’ve slipped into the foggy greyness that is Zürich in autumn and winter. There is a constant white haze over the trees as I look out of my sewing room window. It may be a while before we see the sun again.
In the countryside there are pumpkin stands everywhere you look. The Swiss must eat a huge amount of pumpkin at this time of year!
I’m leaving for work in the dark in the mornings, and while I couldn’t say it’s cold yet, my raincoat is just not quite warm enough, but I somehow can’t yet bear to take out my winter coat – knowing just how many months of winter we have ahead of us. But slowly it’s coming….
My work clothes have seamlessly moved from the colours of summer to the blacks and neutrals that I tend towards in the winter and at lunchtime instead of running out to grab a salad from the supermarket, we are turning more and more often to the soup kitchen downstairs.
Being a northern girl I do better in these sorts of temperatures. We had a blisteringly hot summer this year and to be honest I don’t cope with it really well. I love the sunshine, but somehow I’m just a teeny bit more comfortable once the days start drawing in and cosiness comes once again to the fore.
This week marked the official stopping date for my editing and translation business – a hard step for me to take, but to be honest I feel only relief at one less thing to have to bother about. Hopefully my weekends will be my own again – or at least in as much as that is possible with a house full of teenagers!
Which of course means that with a bit of luck..there will be more sewing!!
Here’s to it!