We've finally had a break in the series of huge high pressure systems that have sat over the South Island for several months. We've had two days of cooler southerlies and a little rain - and the trees all changed colour in 24 hours! The UC campus is covered in fallen leaves, cars are covered in leaves and chestnut shells each afternoon, and suddenly it's autumn.
We probably only have a few more sailing days this season, before I put the boat to bed for the winter. We'll lower the mast, and rig up a new tarpaulin to cover the hull for the winter. Anything that might get damp has to come home, so winter condensation won't grow mildew on life jackets and spare clothing, etc.
Then I suppose we'll start to think about skiing.