Although we live in a temperate sub-tropical zone, there are still distinct seasonal variations and we respond accordingly.
Two nights ago we experienced our first cold (for us) night when the temperature dropped to 6C (43F).
The prospect of this temperature was enough to convince me that the very lightweight summer doona would not be sufficient. I retrieved the feather doona from the wardrobe in the spare room. For me, it is not only about the physical warmth of the feather doona but the colours I use which reflect the cooler weather.
During the summer the bed is made up using light blue and white bed linen and I love the fresh, cool effect that this brings.
Although the fabric is no heavier, the darker coloured linen makes the room feel cosier as the weather cools. I changed the bed yesterday and substituted the winter bedding.
My bed was not the only one that noticed the effects of the cold night.
The cucumbers were planted late in the summer but we had been fortunate to have a great harvest. However, overnight the vine went from being lush and green to looking quite shrivelled in parts. It does not like the cold nor the accompanying strong westerly winds.
With the prospect of several subsequent cold nights, I decided to remove all of the mature cucumbers and clear out the vine.
The haul was surprisingly large.
The vine and trellis are now removed so it is time to clear the weeds and prepare the bed for a cool season crop.
What heralds the change of seasons at your place?