“Old women’s summer”

Indian Summer (Wikipedia)

Indian Summer (Wikipedia)

 Altweibersommer, aufgenommen in Niedersachsen im September 2006, trees and gras with cobwebs

Altweibersommer (Wikipedia)

It’s warm! We’re in the middle of “Altweibersommer” (German: old women’s summer). The phrase probably comes from the word “Weiben” for weaving or cobwebs, and not “Weib”, that is wife or woman. In either case, it’s related to the silks, which some spiders use to fly to a new place, particularly this time of the year. They do look a bit like the hairs of old women, don’t you agree?

If you want to know more about Altweibersommer, you can check out the German Wikipedia, or look for the equivalent phenomenon called “Indian Summer” in English.

And don’t forget to enjoy the sunshine!