It’s been raining almost continuously for the better part of the last five days – soft, gentle showers that continue for hours on end (excellent weather for baking, reading and sleep). Every now and again there’s a break and during one such lull we took a walk and found a group of ten Gingko trees still holding onto their leaves – some more than others. Beneath several trees an undisturbed golden carpet had already formed, while the leaves of other trees still clung tight to the branches. As we stood surveying the scene, we were awestruck by the ephemeral beauty. Just then, the sun peeked through the clouds and illuminated one side of the square, making every leaf sparkle and glow with a dazzling intensity. For a fleeting moment, everything turned to gold and diamonds.