Last night the clocks went back an hour (Daylight savings: spring forward, fall back) which suddenly makes the days very short (it is now pitch dark at 5.30 and it is only downhill from here!)...
The first sign that winter is on its way is on the 15th of September when the happy yellow corn-on-the cob street-sellers turn into black-clad roast chestnut sellers. Not that I am sad when I see them, as I happen to like roast chestnut: but when you first see them, you KNOW that winter is definitely on its way!!
And then of course the leaves start falling of the trees... Now, the Croatian name for October is "Listopad" which means "leaves falling" and is about the only Croatian month I can with accuracy remember (the Bosnian/Serbian names are similar to ours - October is "Octobar" for instance - so they are easy!) because of the association. But I like it for being so descriptive... This year we have had a mild autumn (PTL!) and so the leaves are still coming off the trees. Here is a pic from the beginning of October and one from two days ago:
And we are still waiting for the first snow fall...:-)