Every autumn it's the same; along with the cooler weather comes unshiftable depression, and I dream of warmer climes.
So the problem is, where would be the best place to live? I don't like extreme cold and I don't like extreme heat; I want my daytime temperatures to be about 25C. I also want noticable seasons, rain at night only, no nasty biting bugs, no snakes, and good quality soil.
The place must be very beautiful, with views over either a lake, the sea, or a river. There must be zero crime, no wierdo traditions, beautiful women, and good shops (and vineyards) within reach.
A very well travelled New Zealander friend (now deceased) once recommended the area around Perth in Western Australia, but I'm sure there's somewhere nearer to home.
Many fellow bloggers whose posts I follow have been almost welcoming autumn, cooler weather, log fires, etc. I do appreciate that it's far easier to make oneself warm in cold weather, than cool in warm weather, and I do love wood fires and ovens, but my depression seems to be deeper engraved into my psyche than simply by temperature. I've always looked upon leafless landscape as Stagnancy Season, and it's probably the 'Waiting for Spring' that has the ill effect on my usually jovial character.
If you know where my Utopia lies, I'd love to hear about it. I'm in the market for a small winter bolt-hole.
Old Friends -
7 hours ago