Indian summer…what comes to mind when you hear that phrase? For me it means warm days and cool nights. Those warm days are warm enough to swim. Wide open, empty November beaches after the crowds have gone home are a lovely thing to enjoy. Cold nights mean we can snuggle in with the windows open and enjoy falling asleep with the fresh air and the sounds of street-cats miaowing. Cool mornings are perfect for layers and coffee while I can still sit on my balcony and work on my laptop and watch neighbourhood children being picked up by the famous yellow school busses or walk to school. I love Indian summer where we live and am grateful when we have it.
I was curious where the term Indian Summer came from and I discovered the earliest usage in writing was in 1778, although it is widely thought to already have been in use by that date. Some suggest Native Americans called the unseasonably warm time after a frost, a form of “summer” due to being able to harvest late. Others think European settlers used the phrase due to various Native American activity during this season. Either way, it is definitely a season of extra warmth, and an unexpected gift that we can’t take for granted since we don’t know how long it will last, but probably won’t last long.
Outfit Lena; Shorts by Levis Jeans customised by stylist of Goa (Anissa Miladi), Pepsi Sweater by H&M and shoes by Converse.
Photographer: Ahmed Bahhodh
Makeup/Styling: Naby Madani
Hair: Sherine Elb