The longest Summer

It’s October and the weather has turned cold. About two weeks ago, I was still walking around in summer dresses and my beloved Birkenstocks. I don’t complain, this year I had a summer that lasted 6 months! In mid-April, the temperatures started to rise, it wasn’t spring weather it was that of Summer! As we spend the second week in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina where the temperatures were well above 30° Celcius. A few cool days greeted us upon our return. Still, the over-early Summer was quickly back.

Europe was in a heatwave and everywhere we went it was hot. Once out of Paris, the heat was bearable.

In a big city, the heat gets stifling.

Today, the heat of Summer was only a memory, a few days old … The overcast sky and the chilly wind gave me the impression that I was smelling the scent of snow. I hope not.

I love snow.

But I also love a beautiful Indian Summer, and I really hope that it will be one.

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Footprints in the snow by Tess M Garfield – Day 17 Advent 2017, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Footprints in the snow by Tess M Garfield

Day 17 Advent 2017, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Footprints in the snow

Silence falls
over a sleeping town
as the icy breeze stills
snow starts coming down

great big flakes
thickening fast
swirling and drifting
and falling at last

by the time the town wakes
there’s a blanket of white
a Christmas surprise
like a gift from the night

children rush out
big ones and small
leaving electronic toys
and having a ball

further afield
walking families find
unspoilt fields
thorny hedgerow lined

taking large strides
they’re careful how they go
leaving behind them
footprints in the snow

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Tess Garfield is a fiction writer based in England, she mostly writes romance and blogs at https://tessmgarfield.wordpress.com.  You can follow her on twitter ‎@TessMGarfield.

Tess participated in the year’s calendar on an earlier date, read here lovely short story, “The worst Christmas ever” here.