The seasons are changing. There are obvious signs - it's cooler!! I enjoy watching the seasons change, but it is not only the changing clothes, fruit etc that I enjoy, it is also the changing of little patterns.
It has been too hot for the 2 beggars that habitually frequent the back street to sit there all day - but this week they have returned. Soon the Tan knife sellers from Qinghai will arrive on their annual 'pilgrimage' away from the northern cold. The yang rou pao mo shop will become really full at lunch time, the hotpot places will see an increase in business, the tanghulu sellers will be out selling their long skewers of sticky sweets. The roasted sweet potato men are already back selling. The Bingshan places will swap into rou jia mo shops. The swim suit shops are now displaying woolen jumpers, hat etc samples that you can have made for you. The hot chestnut sellers are there waiting with their packets of nuts.
During the summer holidays many of the local shops close for refurbishment while 3/4 of the students are away. Some shops close forever, with the space re-opening as bookshops, new restaurants, dongxi shops for the students.
Seasonal changes that, at least in my part of Oz, just don't happen.
I'm hanging out for snow!! My students tell me that a mountain a couple of hours from here is already snow topped.