Autumn has arrived! We have quite crisp mornings and clear blue and warm skies…overnight temperatures go down to around 12 or 13 and daytime temperatures are up to about 23. I am told it is an inspirational time of year – Far from the “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” of the famous Keats poem. Mind you New Zealand is far away from the english climate, about which Keats was writing. I will admit that I am starting to feel like doing more artistic things lately, so maybe there is something to the inspirational motivation…

I watched the film “Smart People”. It illustrated well the point I made last week about balance in one’s life. Of course it is an american commercial film, so it is never likely to be subtle. The characters are well over the top in terms of the way in which they do not connect with real life situations. Sometimes the smartest people have the most to learn…..

I really enjoyed Ellen Page in the film “Juno”. there seemed something much more likable about her in that film. In “Smart People” I felt she had to work too hard to portray a character that she did not find sympathetic, nor really understand – perhaps she would not want to.

So the garden is getting prepared for the winter – though ironically I have had to water the pot plants twice in the last week as there has been no rain about. Maybe the experts are correct and there will be a settled period up to the end of May. That would indeed be a very nice Autumn  🙂

About David Adlam

I am a conductor, composer, clarinettist and examiner for Trinity Guildhall working in Auckland, New Zealand and overseas
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