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Autumn is Finally Here

I never really count Autumn as actually here until Ren Faire ends. Ren Faire is my bridge between summer and fall and when it concludes, it is time to move into the colder time of the year.

We had a spectacular last weekend at the Fest - warm (really warm summer temps) temperatures in the upper 70's and lower 80's (that's between 21 and 26 degrees C for my European friends). So it was actually hot except for the early morning which was quite cold. The dragon in this pic is typical of the more outre costumes that appear on closing weekend. The fact that we were not freezing to death was wonderful and quite rare!

The pics are from the fire that happened on the fest grounds early Friday morning. It was pure luck that the propane tank in the background didn't blow - that would have been VERY bad. Six booths were destroyed. At least one of the owners who had two of those booths did not have fire insurance, so he's out a ton of money. Next year we'll have nice, new booths there because it's prime real estate. But I have no idea what foods will be featured.

It was Irish Weekend and we had been looking forward to it because our favorite New Zealand Meat Pies food truck would be there for the second time this year. Their food is simply amazing. Similar to Cornish Pasties for those familiar with the flaky-crusted enclosed pies, they offer a breakfast and a meat pie version. I'm totally addicted to both. And their banana cake, with home-made sour-cream frosting and drizzled dark chocolate - OMG!!! I had one of their breakfast pies and returned later for one of their meat pies for lunch. My DH had two of the breakfast pies and one of the meat pies. I had one piece of banana cake, and DH had two. I didn't eat anything else, although I had iced tea to drink.

DH was very exhausted, and I was really tired also. After some discussion, we decided that we would leave early, even though it was last weekend and we usually close the show down. It's always very sad to do that though, it means saying goodbye to many people that we won't see again for another year. But we were tired - maybe we're just getting old. So we bought our munchies for the coming week(s) and left about 4:15 pm. We both agreed later that we were happy we had made that decision, and we went to sleep early - about 8:30 pm.
The dragon looks great! :)

And I can tell you that here in Croatia, it is not autumn yet. Ok, nights are colder, but during the day, the temperatures are between 25 and 30 C, which is between 77 and 86 F. And they are closer to the upper number, actually. But the forecast says that it will be significantly colder starting from Thursday and Friday.
It was a fun outfit :-)

Here, in Minnesota, which is in the northern part of the US against the Canadian border, it is solidly Fall now and will be winter within a month or so. Sometimes we will get snow as early as the end of October, other years it will hold off until the end of December. We never know :-) But we're getting colder, and our fall leaves are painted with a topaz glow and spots of red that brighten my eye. I love this time of the year. It is my favorite color palette.

- Erulisse (one L)
You're in my favourite time of the year now :) It's allegedly spring here. We're having a spate of cold days but the light has definitely changed, no way of mistaking this for late winter. I'm weird enough to love the rain so I'll miss that - not a summer person.
I have to agree, I'm not a summer person, although I like it better than winter because at least I get color in spite of the heat. Fall is my favorite, followed by spring, then summer, and finally winter.

- Erulisse (one L)
It is cold and blowing strong winds here. Sigh, all our summer weather is over. Not that we had much of it anyway.

But I don't think you have our extremes in temps and weather all around, and that's not a bad thing. We range hugely in average annual temps and precipitation types/quantities. In some ways I don't think I would mind your climate, at least for a short time :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
The New Zealanders and Aussies really like their banana bread.

Welcome to autumn...
OMG, this banana cake was simply amazing! I like banana cake, but can take or leave it. This was so good though, I simply couldn't resist at all. No willpower - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
Cool here this week, but we had 80s early last week. It is hard to predict. Always settled into unremittingly chilly weather by Halloween here though.
I still remember our Halloween blizzard. Rare (thank goodness) but we had more than three feet of snow in 24 hours. I couldn't get out of my house, so I didn't go to work. The winter had officially started and the snow didn't melt until April.

In Denver, my years seemed about 50/50. Half of the time I would have to wear a heavy coat so my costume wasn't very visible when I went from house to house in my neighborhood. The other half of the time the weather was perfect with night-temps in the low 60's or upper 50's. Heaven for Halloween.

- Erulisse (one L)
Love the dragon! I'm glad you had a good time. it has been as hot here in the UK. I'm very relieved cooler weather is forecast.
Thanks, Linda. I hope you get your cooler temperatures. We're at summer temps for the week and it's a refreshing change for October.

- Erulisse (one L)