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Geese, Colourful Leaves, Clouds, Pumpkins and Other Signs It’s Fall In Ottawa

We stopped hoping for just one more hot Indian summer day. Geese can be seen heading south, flying in the distinct “V” pattern—I see their annual migration as a local version of “rats abandoning a sinking ship.” Suddenly, there’s nothing more tempting than to curl up under a cozy throw or eat a steamy hot bowl of something rich and filling. Gloves are paired, tuques are washed and scarves are ready to block wind. This evening we were five women hesitating between several ultra-moisturizing Nivea creams at Walmart. It’s fall, for real.

Feng is watching the MLB World Series and the NHL season started so whenever I glance at the TV screen I see either a bunch of guys standing around waiting for a ball to be thrown at them or on-ice fights.

Mark is looking forward to Halloween, possibly his favourite holiday because it involves scary monsters and all-you-can-eat candies.

Meanwhile, I started drinking hot tea again and I’m already sleeping under two blankets.

Yep, it’s fall.

It’s the season of endless downpours, days that could be warm enough if it wasn’t for the chilly northern wind, freshly harvested apples and colourful squash, hot drinks and thick soups, scary movies and sweet treats.

It’s also the “not yet, please!” season. Christmas calendars, road salt and ice melt are already prominently displayed in most supermarkets but it feels too early to plan for what’s coming—well, you must have heard Jon Snow saying it.

Not my motto.

I’m in denial.

I just want to enjoy fall for now.

Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec fall produce at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec maple syrup at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Ontario and Quebec maple syrup at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Painted Halloween pumpkins at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Painted Halloween pumpkins at the Byward Market, Ottawa
Geese lunching on Carling Avenue, Ottawa
Geese lunching on Carling Avenue, Ottawa
Geese lunching on Carling Avenue, Ottawa
Geese lunching on Carling Avenue, Ottawa
Clouds over the Experimental Farm, Ottawa
Clouds over the Experimental Farm, Ottawa
Rainy fall day in Ottawa
Rainy fall day in Ottawa
Crerar Avenue, Ottawa
Crerar Avenue, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Experimental Farm Pathway, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Fall colours in the neighbourhood, Ottawa
Geese flying over the Experimental Farm
Geese flying over the Experimental Farm

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