Autumn / Reflections

I’m looking forward to the autumn again

How do you feel about autumn? Do you dread the winter coming nearer, do you love the colder weather, or do you simply love the cosy autumn evenings with tea, lit candles and reading a book under a blanket?

Years ago, I loved autumn. It came with the feeling of new fresh starts, exciting projects, and I loved the autumn colours and going out to take photos of autumn leaves. In the ’90s I lived in Göteborg, which is a university city, and the entire city bubbled with activity, expectation and excitement. Later I moved to a smaller town but continued to experience the same kind of things in the autumn.

However, something happened along the way – the autumn became more and more stressful, and I also started dreading the winter a lot more. Where I come from, the winter can potentially start in October and it can potentially end in mid-April or even late April. What is that, seven months? That’s more than half the year!! Half the rest of my life…

I’m definitely not a snow person. Snow can be beautiful of course, but it makes life unnecessarily inconvenient, you can’t move around freely without risking to get hurt, you never know how long it takes to get to work (because of ice, and will the bus even arrive?) and a snowstorm may ruin travel plans and whatever. In addition, I love nature and colours, and so many months with the world in black and white… it’s not my cup of tea. Some 3-4 years ago I started getting in a depressive state in the winter, and that also meant I couldn’t enjoy the autumn anymore because autumn meant the winter would be coming soon.

Autumn in Vänersborg

This year is different. It IS true that I chose to move to Ireland partially because of the climate. Not that I love unstable and not so warm summers, but I do love a mild climate with small variations in temperatures. This is one of the reasons why we didn’t choose Italy instead (which many people ask us about) – the winters can be horrible there, although they are not as long as in Sweden. If unstable summers are the only sacrifice for having mild, short, green winters with usually no snow, then I’m all in.

This autumn will be interesting and different. The second semester of my Italian course at Lund University has just started, and it will be incredibly interesting and inspiring. Although I haven’t been able to take time to read books for a long long time because of too much stress in life, originally I’m a true bookworm. As a child, I could come home from the library with 6-10 books and I would read all of them in less than two weeks. Reading gives me so much joy and relaxation, and I’ve really missed it. Recently I’ve only been able to read books while I’m away on holidays or so. Now, I do a course in Italian literature history which also includes literature analysis and theory/structure. We also do Italian culture & society classes, and the studies will be very time consuming, but I totally love the content and if I can just dedicate the time needed, I know I will love it.

Italian books

This has made me come to the decision to stop working for one of my website clients, which is a larger company that is growing very fast, they require more time than I have and I also think they need someone with more formal competence in web development than I have. It’s been a while that I’ve felt that they need more resources than what I can offer.

This will give me the possibility to focus on my Italian studies, and I hope I’ll be able to make time to start doing online courses in PHP, Javascript and similar, to learn what I’ve wanted to do for a long time. For most of the years that I’ve been fiddling with websites, I’ve mainly worked with WordPress, because it’s a full-featured system that you can use for a bit of everything, and it has an easy to use admin panel. In reality, I’m not a big fan of WordPress, it’s a bit too large and chubby for my taste. I prefer smaller systems that don’t rely on external databases – they are more convenient to backup, I have more control and feel more confident with them. There are many good apps out there that have a lot of potential, but many are quite underdeveloped, and others require more development knowledge to install and use, than what I’m used to. My plan is to study PHP, command line and general IT operations to begin with – something I would have needed ages ago really. Italian will be my priority, and the IT courses is a long term project, but I’m happy to get started with it, and this autumn will bring an interesting new fresh start indeed!

The autumn in Ireland can be fantastic, the weather can be lovely also during the late autumn, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the scenery outside our house will change, what colours will be on display out there. This time I can enjoy it all for real, knowing that the winter will likely be something I can put up with.

During the autumn there are also lots of interesting events. There is a trad music festival in Cork city during September, and next week we have an international guitar festival here in our town, with lots of gigs all around town. There’s also some kind of food festival, charity walks, and as usual regular interesting gigs at DeBarra’s. Later, in November, we’re going to the whiskey festival in Dublin, for the second time.

Today, writing this, we are suffering the remains of tropical storm Gabrielle, but after she’s left, there’ll be some days of Indian summer, or at least the Irish weather alert people say that. We’ll see! Yesterday was fantastic too, and although I can’t wait to see some more autumn colours, I will definitely enjoy having 20ish degrees for a couple of days.

How far has autumn come where you are? Are you enjoying it?


  • Alice
    16th September 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I’m writing to you locked in my room because there are 30° outside and I’m just so done with the heat! We used to have long Winters here too (not 6 months but the standard 3 at least) but now we’re lucky if we get 1 month with low temperatures. I’m not your typical italian since my skin is very sensitive and so white that I always get comments on that and, of course, I can’t tan. Autumn is my favorite season and I’m so ready for it! Good luck with your studies, feel free to contact me if you need any help with language learning 🙂

    • Susanne
      16th September 2019 at 2:36 pm

      I can see you have a problem living in Italy with sensitive skin! I know that the Italian heat can be overwhelming when it goes on for so long. But most Italian people I know wouldn’t want Irish style summers though, and most Irish or Swedish people I know wouldn’t want Italian style summers.. it’s hard to get the perfect weather… good thing we have seasonal changes. I don’t like too big variations though – the West Cork climate suits me perfectly.
      Thanks for your offer with Italian help. For now I just need more hours in a day, lol!

  • Anita Malta
    25th September 2019 at 11:03 am

    Minns mycket väl att jag uppskattade hösten hemma i Stockholm. Färgerna, den klara luften och känslan av någon slags harmoni när dagarna blev kortare. Men sen kom vintern och den är lång, väldigt lång och dessutom mörk, grå och kall. Bristen på ljus under långa perioder kan göra vem som helst deprimerad. Är väldigt frusen av mig och snö är absolut inget jag saknar.

    År 2000 fattade min man och jag beslutet att lämna Sverige för gott och flyttande till Malta. Klimatet är behagligt även om January-Mars kan vara trista och eftersom husen ofta är dåligt isolerade här på ön är det ofta kallt även inomhus. Att bo här har naturigtvis både för- och nackdelar såsom i alla länder. Vägarna är på många platser under all kritik även om mycket har förbättrats under åren. Det finns ingen riktigt skog vilket jag kan sakna ibland speciellt nu när vi också har en hund. Men vi bor inom nära gångavstånd till medelhavet och den kilometerlånga kusten som består av klippor. Här går vi varje dag, min basenji och jag.

    Nu har vi bestämt oss för att lämna Malta men det är en annan historia.
    Tack för din kommentar på min blogg!! Anita

    • Susanne
      28th September 2019 at 2:53 pm

      Ja, varje land har sina nackdelar, och även här kan det bli ordentligt kallt inomhus på vintern, åtminstone i äldre hus. Det huset vi bor i nu blir nog inte nådigt för vi har ganska enkla men ganska stora fönster. När vi flyttade över hyrde vi ett hus, där vi bodde under flertalet vinterstormar, det låg dessutom nära havet så vintervädret var ganska obarmhärtigt. Där vi bor nu blir det säkert lite lugnare men huset är väldigt oisolerat. Vi får leva med det helt enkelt, vi älskar huset ändå. 🙂

      Skogen kan jag också sakna, särskilt nu på hösten, min favoritsysselsättning i Sverige på hösten var att promenera i skogen. Här finns det skog, men en bit bort härifrån. Någon gång ska jag utforska de områdena!

      Lycka till med det du nu ska företa dig, när du lämnar Malta.

  • Kim
    30th October 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Autumn is my favourite time of year. Iive for the cooler weather which is partly because I’m so pale and burn very easily! But I also love the colours, crunchy leaves and how cosy everything feels.


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