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Our Thanksgiving in Canada was just a little over a week ago. I spent it at my sister’s cottage in south west Ontario. A rural area full of apple orchards, pumpkin fields and other harvest crops including tobacco, a perfect place to give thanks for the earth’s bounty.
Usually, at this time of year, there is an autumnal chill in the air, the leaves have changed colour and one starts to feel the approach of winter. Not this time as the sun was shining and it was warm enough to sit outside during the day.
Imagine my surprise when a couple of days later, I landed in Rome to be greeted by damp, cool and gloomy weather. The temperature was 23C when I left Toronto and 16C when I landed at midday in Rome! Anyhow, a warm sirocco wind appeared the next day and the sun came out again giving us a beautiful weekend and making me feel like it was still summer. It was warm enough to leave the doors and windows open during the day and not to need a sweater or jacket.
The Romans of course are dressed for the season and only tourists are wearing sandals! Today, it is wet and on the cool side again so maybe that’s why the Romans stick to their seasonal clothing. I’m reminded that one of the effects of global warming is not necessarily that it’s warmer but more that the weather becomes more unstable and unpredictable so there’s no certitude what each day might bring, especially during seasonal transitions.
In a couple of days, I leave for a holiday in Morocco where I’m told it can be warm during the day and cold at night especially in places close to the Atlas mountains. Since I’m only taking carry-on luggage, I might need to supplement my clothing but I don’t think it will be difficult given that a lot of time will be spent wandering about in the souks.