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  The Autumn that was a Summer

The weather is incredible here: up to 22°C and lots of sun - totally unusual for this time of the year where we else get 10°C at best, rain and wind, and sometiems frost at night. I went without a jacket as late as 6 pm - in the Harz mountains which usually are colder than the surroundings of Göttingen.

The geraniums, marguerites and impatiens on my balcony are still in full bloom at a time where I the other years had already planted heather and ivy for the winter season.

Makes you wonder if that's the other side of the nasty hurricanes. The weather surely is weird. Our summer was not half as beautiful as the autumn. Not half as warm, either.

We visited the Arboretum at Bad Grund / Harz today. It's a rather vast district in the mountains outside town where trees from all over the world that thrive in the Harz climate, have been planted since 1972. So I got to see some of the ones my US friends have around. :-) The place is so large that we only managed some of the Northern American, Canadian and Japanese parts. There's a lot more. The most beautiful one was a Japanese fan maple (momiji) with the brightest red leaves imaginable. The biggest, the mammoth trees, we missed because it was getting dark already. Well, it's not that far away, we can go there again.
I know. We've put the clocks back today, but we can still go outside in t-shirts. Mad.

We've been getting a lot of rain, though. The last while, the weather forecast has just been: rain.
Coming back from New Zealand via Singapore I expected to be shivering in snow and ice. Instead it's been T-shirts all the way. I set the central heating to come on for our return - the house was almost unbearable when we got in.

Talking of arboretums (arboreta?), Christchurch botanical gardens has a fine selection of mature trees but the highlight of the tour must have been the Wollemi pine in Adelaide.

I love trees, but not in a touchy-feely huggy way;}#
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The Lost Fort is a blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and other places (like Flanders and the Baltic States), with essays on Roman and Mediaeval history illustrated with lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes. You may also find the odd essay about geology or Mediaeval literature.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)