Seasons have changed again

There is a thing people say that never fails to infuriate me: ‘Oh, California, they don’t have seasons there.’ It seems to have become a running joke with people around me, who greatly enjoy trying to wind me up and trigger the seasons rant, and I must admit that it’s become old, tiresome, and irritating, […]

One Day, One Night

I have a vision that when Persephone emerges from the underworld, flowers spring up in her footsteps. Delicate hyacinths and daffodils and nodding narcissus, tulips and irises. Spring flowers, bulbs, the things that grow deep underground in the darkness and cold and then force their way to the surface when the weather starts to turn […]


Fall is the summeriest time of the year. The days are warm and languid, the nights so hot that often you need to sleep under a sheet and nothing else unless you want to wake up roasting and dripping with sweat. It used to be our little secret; the tourists would dissipate and we could […]

The Longest Day

After today, the days will start shortening up. It will happen slowly, at first. I probably won’t notice for at least a week and then I’ll start to wonder if I’m working later than I thought I was because the sun seems lower in the sky than it should be. A strange feeling will creep […]

Split Down the Middle

The days have been getting longer. Have you felt it? The sun squeaks above the horizon a little earlier each morning. The house is not pitch black at 7:00 am, it’s starting to flush with grey light, slowly, but steadily. The quality of the light is changing. It’s warmer, richer, I almost want to say […]

The Balance Point

Today the day and night are of equal length and we emerge from the cocoon of winter and into the blaring and bright world of spring. Persephone rises from the underworld and the fecund earth bursts with color and greenery; things are growing and bursting into bloom so quickly that if I sit still long […]