Only days remain until the equinox, and a few weeks until the clocks are changed. The last of the long evenings are passing, and the last of the dark mornings with them, though the mornings will darken again soon enough. But there will be no more warm dark mornings until this time next year. Here, September is usually the last month for watching the stars in comfort. In fact, since October often turns cloudy, September is sometimes the last month for regularly watching the stars at all. Each year, I hope for warm and cloudless nights to coincide with the autumnal meteor showers, but they seldom do. The best nights of the year are almost gone, but some of the best days lie ahead as the trees begin to change color and the smell of fallen leaves fills the cooling air.
Oh, and the rain, too. I am very much looking hoping for a mild autumn rain. It doesn't come every year. Sometimes, rain does not arrive until December, and then it is usually cold and gray. I would love to see a nice October rain glistening on the red and golden leaves. I will make tea, and sit by the window and watch the rain moisten the soft afternoons as the smoke drifts from chimneys and the clouds flow by. Then I will not regret the passing of the warm and starry nights of September.