Strange Weather

Quito has often been described as “the land of eternal spring.” Which means we (usually) enjoy lovely, lovely weather all year round. We divide the year in roughly two seasons: winter and summer. All that means is that half of the year there is more rain, while the other tends to be dry. August and September in particular are characterized by the dry and windy weather (time to fly kites!).

I am one of those really strange people who love the rain. It’s the excuse to stay put… maybe light a fire, put on some soft music… and sew! That doesn’t mean I don’t love the sun, too. Waking up to sunshine, like today, also puts me in a really good mood… happy and ready for what the day will bring.

As I opened my window this morning I had to take time to enjoy the sight. I am greeted every morning by my very favorite tree: our very own native Arupo. We planted this tree in our front yard about twenty years ago, and it can take up to twelve years before it starts to bloom. And then, it only blooms for a few weeks a year, during the summer months.

My tree is now nearly in full bloom (it will eventually be completely covered in pink). The blooms will then begin to fall off and for the rest of the year what will be left is green leaves. Still pretty. But these are the weeks of splendour… and I never get tired of the sight!

Oh, yes… back to the strange weather… This photo was taken around 6 o’clock. As you can see, the sun had started to shine. The sky was clear and everything pointed to a warm, sunny summer day. Four and a half hours later the sky is overcast and gray, and it looks like rain.

Am I upset? Hmm…. I think I’ll sew!

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