It is the time of year when those of us who follow Daylight Savings Time start changing our clocks. Here in Australia, we did it this weekend. I, of course, forgot. Because it is our spring, that means moving the clock forward an hour. Yet after over 14 years in Australia, October still feels like it should be autumn.
The fall months have always been my favourite. The gradually cooling temperatures, the crisp and riotous colours of the changing leaves and the promise of longer nights to snuggle down into soft, comforting blankets are special moments of the season to me. It is a time of transition that speaks not of an ending, but of a beginning of seasonal festivities to be shared with friends and loved ones.
Here in Australia, that is all turned on its head. October brings springtime, new growth and bounteous blossoms, but also a rise of allergic reactions. I have already abandoned my woolly nightshirts for tee-shirts and open windows as I try to find a cool spot on the pillow when I lie down to sleep. When I dream, it is of bonfires, hay rides and mulled cider around an open fire. When I awake, it is to covers tossed to the floor and a sheen of perspiration on my face. As my body adjusts to the time change, the morning light that awoke me just a few days ago is still an hour away when the alarm jars me from my seasonal dreams.
At least in Second Life I can recreate the season, falling back on my midwestern memories of oranges, golds and red. Of the walks through a meadow, glorying in the magical glow that only comes from an autumnal sunset.
Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
Jacket/top: *Fishy Strawberry* Ducato Leather Jacket S – Brown by Fae Eriksen
Jeans: tulip. Alana Jeans S Classic by Minami Susanowa
Boots: (LaRoo) Shotgun Boots (Brown) by LaRooShoes (store closed)
Hair: *ARGRACE* Mia – Ginger by rika Oyen
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 (FR) by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Hand appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand Appliers NAT by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri
Pose: Eternal Dream Poses *ED* Trudi 09 by Fata Boa
Location: My home