So far, California hasn't been the balmy paradise I was promised. We've had a week of stormy rain and cold weather, and it's now well-set into
fall. The trees, though, are spectacular; there are lots of maples in the neighbourhood, and they're all on the turn and flaming in shades of red and gold.
Even on gloomy days, though, the light is different; a gloomy day in Britain is dark and depressing. A gloomy day here can still be bright, even dazzling.