Hello Autumn Downunder

Hello Autumn!

It’s now March and officially that means it’s Autumn down here.

This season brings a refreshing chill in the air, beautiful colours of the changing leaves and all the wonderful things that the season represents.

The days ahead will be full of fun activities and new opportunities for adventure. and exploration. I can’t wait to see all the amazing things this next season has to offer! Autumn is a real favourite of mine.

At the moment the weather is still warm with highs in the mid 20s/low 30s – nothing to complain about there!! Mornings and evenings are a tad cooler with temps in the low to mid teens but it’s still very pleasant.

The trees haven’t started to change colour yet, or not that I’ve noticed anyway, but as the weather cools they will slowly start to get that autumnal hue that I love.

Donna’s AI poem

Donna’s been looking at AI and ChatGPT – in a recent post she used it to write a poem. In a comment I asked her how she had done this as I was trying out the AI block in WordPress but didn’t know how to get it to write something specific, like a poem.

This is her response to my question: Creating a poem, or a haiku, or whatever with AI is super easy. Just type in “Write a poem about ….” and ta da you have one. The more specific that you are, the better the results. e.g. Write a short, witty poem about farewelling hot February in Tumbarumba, Australia” gave me this result.

Farewell hot February, oh how you burned,
In Tumbarumba the heat was unearned,
We’ll miss your sweltering days and sleepless nights,
But now it’s March, with cooler delights. ❤

She’s so clever and loads of fun!! Have you got into AI yet?

What’s the weather like where you are?

Talk soon.

Deb xx

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56 Replies to “Hello Autumn Downunder”

    1. Thanks Sue, Donna was very generous with sharing her AI skills. I’m only using the odd AI in the WordPress blocks feature to see what it comes up with. The 2 paragraphs under the photo were written by AI and I tweaked them a bit, not sure if you can tell or not!

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        1. It’s a block in WordPress, like adding a photo or quote block into a post. Then if I want to edit the text, I copy it and paste it into a new paragraph block and edit away. Glad you couldn’t really tell the difference – just for some fun!


  1. Hi, Deb – It’s Autumn there already? That means it should be Spring here. If that is the case, our weather has much explaining to do. It is still snowing and freezing out there!
    Thank you for reposting my AI poem. I agree that it was very cute — and super fast!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your clever AI poem Donna and I’m glad you didn’t mind me sharing it here. The 2 paragraphs under my photo were done using the AI block and I then tweaked it around to sound less stilted but still I’m quite impressed with what it can do. I think our seasons go on months but yours go on certain dates in the month – not sure but yes your weather certainly has some explaining to do!

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      1. Hi, Debbie – You are right. In Canada, the first official day of the spring season is when the sun crosses the celestial equator moving northward (Vernal Equinox). For us, that will be March 20. Still, our current weather is showing little (or no) sign of improvement. 😦

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  2. I’m wary about the AI. Students are using it in college and high school to write their papers. I feel it’s going to take away writers jobs and lessen our brains. For example, when I had a rolodex, or a personal phone book, I had everyone’s phone numbers in my head. When I needed to call our mortgage broker to refinance our house seven years after purchasing it, I remembered the number! Now I use my iphone and try to remember the name of who I want to call 😂

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  3. Wow, Happy Autumn already? Must be meteorological autumn (like our “spring”). I think I would join you someday in Autumn just so I could have two! I’m a little gun-shy with WordPress right now with their recent pingback issues, so I’ll keep the “wait and see” attitude about AI for now ;), but it was pretty clever! I’ve been meaning to ask you what brand of ebike do you have and what size tires does it have. Spring means it’s time to shop for one 🙂 Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Terri, yes we go on months here for the seasons. March, April May are Autumn, then winter is June, July, August and so on.
      My bike is an Orbea brand, Optima E40 with a small frame. It’s more like an old fashioned ‘ladies bike’ but suits me perefctly due to the more upright position (not hunched over). Not sure about the tires but the site says this Kenda 1172 700x50c – does that mean anything to you? Hope that helps and good luck.

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  4. Hi Deb – I’m looking forward to Autumn settling in – I love those mid-seasons where the weather is so nice. It’s been very hot and dry here, so some rain and the temp dropping a few more degrees at night would be lovely. I’m afraid that AI just doesn’t do it for me – especially in poetry! It’s like reading a poem from a ten year old who thinks they’re very clever 😀 I’ve been browsing AI art and find that much more intriguing (https://deepdreamgenerator.com/)

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    1. Yes autumn is a lovely time of year in some places Leanne. Here in Qld at the moment it isn’t autumnal at all with very hot and humid days! At least at home the nights cool off!
      The AI is an interesting topic and it’s been good to hear thoughts from others, the AI art sounds intriguing.


  5. Happy Autumn to you down under! It’s such fun to “talk” to people in the Southern Hemisphere! We had lovely weather today…sunny and 72 (22C). Of course, it clouded up at sunset so I couldn’t see Jupiter and Venus dancing about!

    My son has written a couple of short stories using AI. He loves it. I haven’t jumped into that pond yet. I wonder if anyone would even notice if I did that with a blog post! Hmmmm…

    Michelle (Funky Fashion Style) and I are starting Traffic Jam Weekend back up in case you’d like to link up!


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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Marsha, it sounds like there are various thoughts on AI and everyone has their own views 🙂 I’d love to join Traffic Jam Weekend.


  6. I haven’t tried generating anything with AI yet but it was fun to see the poem it devised for you.
    We are in the end of winter/start of spring stage here. The daffodils think it’s spring but the temperature seems stuck on winter! We had a few warmer days but we are back to frosty mornings again now with the chance of snow next weekend 😦

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  7. The AI is technologically neat but it sucks at poetry. Poetry is about the human experience if it has any purpose so having a machine write something is just thr modern equivalent of monkeys with typewriters eventually writing something Shakespeare wrote. There. Bah humbug!! Truth be told I can’t distinguish between human and AI and I feel we’ve lost a little something. But then again we’re often told Shakespeare didn’t write all his plays and does that make us enjoy them less? Nope. So as long as there’s room for both then if people want to embrace its powers, go for it. Just don’t call it Donna’s poem. Or as Marsha put it in a comment ‘my grandson wrote 2 short stories with AI’. Nope. He commissioned a machine. Let’s be clear about what we’re saying. Sorry Deb. Your autumn looks delightful and we’re entering spring and I’m acting like a turkey in mid December.

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  8. Hi Deb, we really don’t have ‘seasons’ in south Florida, just varying degrees of heat and humidity. January through May are typically our best months, with temps in the 60f’s – 80f’s and low humidity – perfect beach weather. February was glorious and so far, March looks promising.

    I used AI assistance to produce a post about portrait photography and enjoyed the experience very much. I can see using it to assist with ‘how to’ posts, or for generating new ideas. I have not tried creating poetry.

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    1. Yes Suzanne I read your post and ´enjoyed it for this particular style of post. Always good to see new ideas.
      I’m in Brisbane this week and it’s very hot and humid up here, not autumn weather at all up here compared to my hometown.


  9. I love autumn; hopefully, it will bring warm, settled weather and cooler nights this year. So far, it’s looking at the app. AI, that annoyed me, and as I wrote, replying to Geoff’s comment, I certainly won’t be using it.

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      1. Enjoy Brisbane, Deb, and I can imagine how hot it is. I didn’t think for one moment that you would use it. Though I still don’t think it’s worth a look. An app that’s causing too many younger ones to cheat instead of learning.

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  10. The poem is fun! In my job I worked at a hi tech firm that enabled and developed AI. It’s fascinating and ultimately will change the way we live (and take jobs away) I don’t fear it, it’s progress. The weather in the UK is cold and cloudy….an even colder snap will be with us this week. But warm weather is in the wings!

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    1. Yes I thought the whole AI thing is a bit of fun, nothing too serious at the moment and it probably won’t impact me too much Gail. Hope it starts warming up soon for you!


  11. It’s difficult to imagine that you’re going into Autumn while, here in the UK, we’re heading into Spring. Although you wouldn’t think so, as it’s freezing at the moment!
    I’ve dabbled in AI WP blocks because I do like to try new things – good for the old brain cells – but it didn’t read like me 😉

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    1. Yes to spring in the UK!! I’ll be there in May and am looking forward to it. I’ve heard it’s turned a bit cold again for you. The AI is a bit strange and stilted but interesting to try it out at least once.


      1. May in the UK can be lovely, as I imagine you know! It’s been freezing, we even had snow in the SE yesterday.
        Yes, I felt the same about AI, it didn’t really sound like me! Glad I tried it and may have another go, in the future.

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  12. I’ve been hearing a bit of buzz about AI, but haven’t yet checked it out. I love autumn. It feels to us that we have been in autumn for a couple of months, as we really haven’t had much of a summer this year.

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    1. It’s a bit of fun at the moment Jen but worth a look to see what the buzz is about. I don’t intend using it all that much. I’m in Brisbane this week and it’s so hot and humid compared to home.


  13. It is autumn here in South Africa too. The weather is crazy. Still in summer clothes but here at the southern tip we had torrential rain, thunder and lighning over the weekend! It is still overcast and cool today. I love Autumn. It is my favourite season because of the cooler weather and the clear sunny, windless days.

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