Fall has arrived. Some parts of Iceland are seeing the first storms with high winds and tons of rain. There’s always a low pressure area somewhere just about to hit. We’ve had a few so far here in the Westfjords but I don’t mind rainy days with the wind shaking the house and the spray from the ocean waves slapping the windows. It’s great to curl up with a cup of tea and the cat on my lap with a good book in my hand (though the cat never stays on my lap for more than a minute). But overall we’ve had a really mild September and apart from two mornings with ground frost, the temperatures have been over 10° for most of the month. We’ve also had some really good northern lights already. And lucky me, I don't even have to leave the warmth of my bedroom to watch them.
The sheep roundups are also finished. Most in this area were done the last two weekends. I had a look at the local one here in Engidalur. I only stayed for a few pictures since I was clearly in the way standing around doing nothing but looking. This is serious business for the men and there was a lot of screaming and yelling and since I didn’t quite understand it all, it was quite intimidating. Next time I would like to help out, but I need a quick briefing first in the rules of sheep roundup conduct.
I am totally tickled by the fall colors here. I’ve never been here this late into fall and with the mild weather, I’ve been able to enjoy a lot of outdoors time. I also discovered a new waterfall nearby, and I simply cannot believe I’ve been here 6 years already and didn’t know about it. It’s a magical spot with such beautiful colors. I could sit there for hours in the grass, grazing on blueberries, taking pictures, enjoying a hot cup of tea from my thermos.
I am certain there are still many more new adventures in store for me here!