When I was out walking the other day, I came across this sight at the Tuileries Garden (you might need to click on the pic to do it justice):
I think it's the perfect statement of the current weather. On one side, summer in all its glory is hanging on for dear life. On the other, Fall has taken hold quite securely.
Above, a closer look of the scene: flowers and green grass in the foreground with a wood of falling chestnut leaves in the back. The kids seemed to like the woody part better. I caught a rousing game of cache-cache (Hide-and-Go-Seek) in progress:
Of course, this chilly weather made decorating for Halloween a necessity. There isn't a sign of Halloween here in France. I know that a few costume parties will take place on the night of, but in general, Halloween commercialism is a thoroughly American thing (of course). So, I made my own decorations. I think they turned out well.
We'll draw faces on the pumpkins this weekend. And the apples came from Sunday's market-- delicious and just picked! I love food in France.
Speaking of which... Jon's on dinner service these days, so I've been on my own for the evening meal. Last night, with the nip in the air, I wanted to sit in a cozy spot eating a hearty meal with a glass of red wine and my book as a date. I think the mission was accomplished: