Two weeks into Autumn according to the calendar..and while i can’t say it doesn’t feel like Fall, it’s hardly normal. Last week i thought it was really happening when, after several days of grey skies and light showers, we had a night of heavy rain – almost 40mm in some parts of the Sierra – Thursday night to Friday morning. But now – though temperatures have dropped the last couple of days, close to 5º C this morning in Cercedilla, cool verging on cold – the sun is back and set to reign in the sky for the next week at least. So the weather’s kind of up and down..that’s about all i can say, but what’s really missing on the Autumn scene is the blackberries. One of the natural phenomena most identifiable with the arrival of Autumn is the ripening blackberry, usually from mid September onwards. The last couple of years have been rather poor for blackberries, but this year has been utter misery. We were able to collect enough blackberries before the weather changed ten days ago to make one miserable pot of jam. Even in bad years we have usually managed three or four pots. The problem is that the Summer has been extremely dry. After the extraordinary downpours of the first three months of the year, the skies dried up. From the month of May on, rainfall has been well below normal. Here in Cercedilla we hardly saw a drop of rain in August. And a few showers in early September were not sufficient to make the blackberry happen.. too bad!
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