Saturday, 24 October 2009

Ode to Fall

It is a beautiful spring-like day here in PNG.  Wait a minute, every day is a beautiful spring-like day!  I live in the land of perpetual spring.  There are actually two seasons in the highlands:  dry season (taim bilong san) and rainy season (taim bilong ren).  Dry season roughly corresponds to summer back home.  It is the time of the year when it only rains once or twice a week and there is enough sun that the puddles disappear.  Funny that it is also the coldest time of the year, but I guess that comes with living in the Southern hemisphere.  Rainy season roughly corresponds to winter time.  It rains most days, but the rain isn't monsoon-like and we frequently see a glimpse of the sun.

The other day it just kind of hit me that it was the middle of October.  I always loved fall in Ohio... the smells of harvest, beautiful changing colors, jumping into leaf piles, apple cider and pumpkin donuts, bonfires, and OSU football.  This is certainly not a complaint, mind you.  After all, who can complain about living in paradise:  year round perfect weather, flowers and butterflies, and gardens that never stop producing?  But I really do miss the seasons!

Be glad, O people of Zion,
rejoice in the Lord your God,
for he has given you
the autumn rains in righteousness.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains as before.
~ Joel 2:23


  1. We in CO are having an early winter. We have had cold, snowy days, already. More than I am ready for. Our spring and fall are usually very short. However we have more days of sunshine than any other state, I believe. For that I am very thankful. Enjoy spring. I love it. Is that pumpkin bread? looks good.

  2. In Texas we are having a real fall. And rain, rain, rain. I think it's rained close to 10 inches this month. Unbelievable. Wow, it really is paradise there. Maybe that island was the original Eden. I'm drinking hot tea (Lemon Lift) as we "speak".

  3. I told Ami the other day that since you grew up with the seasons that you probably did miss this beautiful time of the year we are having. But I think I could sacarfice the seasons to be in paradise, where you are. :)