Climate Change

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1476719455433Our 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.

Ontario Squash

Ontario Squash

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.

Campo de' Fiori, Rome

Campo de’ Fiori, Rome

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. 


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5 Responses to Climate Change

  1. Niamh Kelly says:

    Have a great trip, Joyce,

  2. Sandra Blackford says:

    Bon voyage Joyce. Good to hear that you are off on your travels again.

    • joydaz says:

      Thanks Sandra. It`s taken me a long time to reply but as you can see from my recent posts, I managed to see quite a lot of Morocco.

  3. Sallie Lyons says:

    we miss you at wednesday morning yoga joyce. weather has gotten colder and rainier since you left. there’s no mistaking it’s fall. still though the leaves are mostly on the trees – which feels odd. have a lovely temperate time in morocco

    • joydaz says:

      I miss your yoga class Sallie, especially now that I haven`t had time to do any for the last 3 wks or so. I`m hoping to start again tomorrow………

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