2010年11月11日木曜日

Bucking the seasonal trend

'Tis the season of raking and sweeping and piling up and burning off. The neighbours are all out there industriously removing all trace of Autumn from the gardens and driveways and roadsides.

Matsumoto Castle has some amazingly big cherry trees and the avenue that runs between the castle and a big temple there is lined with various deciduous trees. It makes my ride to work at the moment just looking at all the colour. But there yet again, there's an army of workers with brooms and bags and long handled tongs hurriedly clearing it all away. I saw one conscientious gent shaking a sapling in order to clear up leaves that hadn't even dropped yet!

Among all this seasonal scurrying I'm the exception. In fact I haven't even taken the rake out of the shed yet. And it's not because I'm too busy or too lazy. Nope. I just want to enjoy the beautiful colours while they last. I come from a country of evergreen eucalypts and ti-tree and banksia. That's definitely part of it. But also, once you've cleared up and got rid of all that beautiful colour what are you left with? Brown and barren as your colour palette. That's what.
And so, to the horror of my neighbours, and the delight of the girls who love throwing the leaves in the air and crunching as they jump through them and rolling in them, I am not doing anything with the leaves for now.

Maybe this weekend.

Or the one after...






4 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

I love the leaves too, we rake ours into a pile then throw them up in the air, it is so much fun!

Our city has some big old oak trees lining the streets and at the begining of autumn they CHOP all the braches off, that way they don't need to rake up anything :(

Gina さんのコメント...

I hear ya Heather. I loved always walking along the streets and hear crunch crunch crunch as I walked on the leaves.

And growing up, my mom or dad were always the rakers of our yard. And I was always the one who jumped in the huge pile after they did their stuff. ; )

We just went to the onsen this past Sunday over night. And enjoyed watching all the different colors of the leaves in Hakone. It was quite beautiful being there in Fall.

Kim さんのコメント...

That is too funny! That was EXACTLY what I was thinking as we have raked this fall. The leaves are much more beautiful than our dead weeds that they are covering!!! That being said, we have raked. Lots of folks around here wait till the trees are empty to start raking. I just may do the same next year!!!

Bryn さんのコメント...

I love the changing leaves too, after, like you, coming from a land of perpetual green. I DO NOT love raking those leaves though, and unfortunately, we don't have the option of waiting, ever. The leaves MUST be raked, EVERY.SINGLE.WEEK. (Another reason to be glad we're not in a house yet!)