Last year we had a surprise snowfall on 11th October, before the apples had been picked. The weight of the snow on trees still in leaf was too much for some, and there quite a few broken branches around the village. This year the snow waited for another two weeks – it arrived yesterday as a herald of the winter to come.
My kittens weren’t fazed for long – the two summer-born kittens were out exploring and enjoying the sensation of paws sinking through the inch (2cm) of snow that fell in the first half hour.
This morning the sun came out fighting, blazing in a cloudless sky and driving the winter back. We have our autumn colours in Magura again, but more snow is promised tomorrow.
We’ll see. With luck we’ll have a few more weeks of autumn.
But winter is coming to Transylvania, and it’s rumoured to be worse than last year. The cats love it, the kids love it, and the snow brings lots of visitors to Piatra Craiului national park. Great for the winter sports fans, for visitors coming to track bears, wolves and lynx in the snow, and for walkers and climbers who love an icy challenge.
But for some of us, winter is time to retreat to the warmest room and dig out the thermal vests.