The passing of one season to another is an important milestone. Just ask any farmer. Life is marked by such changes but in our busyness we sometimes fail to see it coming.
In Queenstown and Arrowtown the change from Summer to Autumn is clearly marked on the leaves of each tree. It is hard to miss when green becomes a rustic yellow then gold and even dark red.
The locals say that it will be a cold winter if the leaves change colour in early March.
That is what has happened this year. So the milestones carry a meaning as well as a message.
Get ready for a cold one.