Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

Flip flops and falling leaves

So this is October.

With its falling leaves, glowing days and warmth.

We are still in flip flops and shorts season here - a very unseasonal start to October which is making it very interesting to walk amongst the falling leaves that scatter and scuff all around us.

Think open toe shoes and kicking up leaves.

The two don't really go naturally hand in hand together - like bonfires and woodsmoke. A bad example - I know, but it is one of my more evoking memories of the Autumn

Lazy days are spent on the beach when we really should be turning our minds to the Winter larder.

Foraging, collecting, bottling and preserving like mad little wild things, getting all the crops in before the weather turns.

It reminds me - in a bizarre kind of way - the fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper. Though it's not my fault the weather is tricking me into thinking it is still Summer.

Though I do have a feeling that when the weather does turn it will hit us in the face like a blast of cold air so warm and humid it has been these past ten days or so.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining.

Every last bit of sunlight we can squeeze out and enjoy is an added bonus when the darkness of Winter looms, creeping in every day, nearer and nearer. So the sun for me is more then welcome.

Those lasts little drops to help ripen the tomatoes, chillies and grapes.

We did take it easy this weekend whiling the day away on the beach. BBQ's in the evening and the nights sat gazing at the stars trying to work out constellations in front of the campfire.

And even though the sun may be telling me a different story, just looking out of the windows I can see signs of Autumn flashing bright all around me.

Enjoy every last moment.