"I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers."
— Leif Enger
October is almost gone and it has been one of the hottest beginnings of Autumn that I can recall. When I look back at the past weeks it feels like I've been walking through the grounds of a Terrence Malick film: I see sunny days strolling in the fields near my house all covered by crimson and ochre grasses.
The air was colder in the morning and you could feel too warm and cozy under the blankets. I've made my first ever attempt at making plum and apricot's jam with fruits from my aunt's garden, and they are quite delicious. I also have started taking piano lessons, again. My aunt gave me a piano for my birthday when I was eight or nine, but I dropped out during the second year of lessons. Long time without playing, but it's better late than never. The same goes with painting. When I was a child and during my teenagehood I used to paint a lot, but one day I stopped. Now I've decided to do some watercolors and my biggest inspiration right now is Egon Schiele, I'm loving his drawings and watercolors. These are two ways to relieve the stress from university, like reading. If I wouldn't had to study, I could have spent the whole afternoon sitting on my garden eating grapes and reading Patti Smith's Just Kids and James Joyce's Ulysses (yeah, I'm still reading it. It's a long long book, but I'm enjoying it a lot). And I have been listening to sweet songs from Billie Holiday, Etta James, Jeff Buckley, Devendra Banhart, Lou Reed (RIP), The Smiths, Warpaint and Beach House. I've also been kind of addicted to François Ozon's Jeune et Jolie soundtrack. I haven't seen the film yet, but the score by Philippe Rombi is delightful and it's the perfect companion for the gloomy autumn evenings.