Today is the first day of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Even though the temperature starts to cool Sydney is never known for its autumn colours. We have to drive 2 hours west to the Blue Mountains or 2 hours south to Canberra to enjoy Mother Nature's autumn painting. We normally prefer the crisp, clean mountain air of the Blue Mountains and enjoy the wilderness walk in autumn.
I can remember clearly, it was during one of these trips many seasons ago, I saw a squirrel scavenging for acorns hiddened under the carpet of leaves beneath an old oak tree. It paused for a moment when an acorn was found and scrambled away hurriedly with its find. Did it pause to think where to hoard the acorn for the approaching winter?. Now that I think of it, I am just like the squirrel. I am a hoarder too. Books are my weakness now. You may say having a lot of books is good, just so long as you don't have them spread across the floor and overtake all the storage spaces in the house. We have collected to much stuff over the years! The sad fact was that we had way too much stuff and meant too much for us to discard them. We have a long way from learning to live simply and get by with the least material stuff, mostly because I'm a hoarder by nature, but we are making small progress.