Autumn is definitely here. It rained almost all day today. You’d think that would be a downer, but I’ve just planted winter vegetables so I’m glad they’ve been given a big drink. I’ll have loads of fresh beans, cauliflower and bok choy before I know it!

Late this afternoon, only for an hour or so, it stopped raining and the setting sun revealed itself. The clouds were painted bright red, orange and pink. It was quite spectacular and a notable contrast to the gloomy sky earlier. So much so, I ventured onto the wet deck at the front of Ferny Hill Retreat to snap the photo above.  

And it reminded me of a poem my grandmother used to recite,
“Red sky in the morn, shepherd’s mourn.
Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight.”

I’ve always remembered that poem, mainly because it tends to hold true. 

Perhaps you’ve noticed that a sunny day follows a particularly vivid sunset? If not, why not test out this prophetic little saying when you’re next awed by the setting sun. I can almost guarantee that the following day’s weather will be fine. 


By the way, I just checked the Bureau of Meteorology website and it seems it will rain tomorrow, but it will be fine from 3.00am until 7.00pm. If I were a shepherd, I’d be reasonably happy with that forecast!