Winter Is Coming (California version)

The atmospheric river came through on Sunday a week ago, as forecast, and it was a good day for sitting by the window with a cup of coffee, watching the teeming rain, though I also got to be vastly entertained by the Liverpool v Man Utd game, which was perhaps more apocalyptic. Since the weather cheered up after that, with a few lovely days of sun and seventy degree temperatures, I tried to make up for my weekend idleness by getting on my bike whenever I could, even for short outings. I took it to the shop, and it came out with all its joints greased, and no longer creaking, so it was a joy to ride. 

This past Sunday was a much better day for a roam, even if it was not as hot as the last time we roamed. I had taken a quick ride to the top of San Bruno Mountain in the morning, and it was nice to be looking back over to it in the afternoon. From the top of Mount Davidson it was clear enough to see to Point Reyes in the north, and the towers of San Jose to the south (which I don’t remember seeing from the city before). As we returned through the houses, there were some fun Hallowe’en activities and costumes starting to happen.

In the UK the clocks have already gone back, so I know it won’t be long now, and I am not looking forward to losing the light end of afternoons. There are only a few more weeks of the farmers market as well, and I have been stocking up for winter: where the ample freezer compartment in my new place got filled with containers of water when I moved in (since I heard it was a way to keep it running more efficiently, and water is always good to have on hand in case of an earthquake), now I have added some home-made lentil soup, white bean soup, mushroom and rice soup (the only thing I could face cooking apart from oatmeal when I had a bad stomach for a few days a couple of weeks ago), plus grapes, pomegranate seeds, strawberry smoothies, and baby kale. I also have a couple of squash awaiting a roasting, and will probably get to store some of the resulting soups in there as well. I don’t think I will be going hungry before the spring.

A warm late afternoon in Alamo Square midweek.
A view I don’t tire of, across Crissy Field on Friday.
Warm and a little misty by the San Andreas Reservoir on Saturday.
Sunday morning at the top of San Bruno Mountain.
Sunday afternoon at the top of Mount Davidson.

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