Keats called it the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.
It has 2 start dates – 1st September and after the Autumn Equinox near the end of the month.
Autumn is pretty spectacular and has plenty of reasons why it’s so special, including the fact that people born in autumn tend to live longer.
I love autumn and it seems that everyone else seems to as well. Ok, maybe not the rain, gloomy evenings drawing in, and having to wear socks after living in flip flops all summer. But autumn has an awful lot going for it.
What makes autumn?
- Beautiful autumn colours as the leaves change colour
- Kicking leaves
- Collecting conkers
- Early morning mist
- Seeing the sunrise and sunset
- Dew in the mornings and pretty spiders webs
- Clocks going back (in theory an extra hour in bed)
- Picking apples off our trees
- Picking pumpkins
- Halloween activities on days out – toffee apples, apple bobbing
- Bonfire night and fireworks
- Hunkering down in the house
- Warming stews, mashed potato, soups and comfort food
- Hot chocolate
- Puddings with custard
- Covering up with chunky jumpers
- Rich jewel colours in autumn fashions (unfortunately this year it seems to include a lot of mustard)
- Party tops and dresses in the shops– finally I can update my dance wardrobe
- Woolly hats
- Scarves – for me pashmina style rather than woolly
- Pumpkin spiced biscuits, cake and pie
- Starting to think about Christmas – booking concerts, panto, the ballet, Christmas light displays at stately homes and National Trust
- Half term
- Harvest festival – hearing children performing their first class performances of the year
And for our us,
- Birthdays galore – me, my father-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew, a lot of friends’ birthdays
- Shoot season starts – which means when the OH is out doing that, I get to cook exactly what I want to cook and not just what he’ll eat. Time for curry, stir fries, toad in the hole and risotto.
- Harvest is over which means more dancing is back on the agenda
- Not getting hot before I’ve even walked into dancing
- The Michaelmas Fair in town
If you want some other interesting autumn facts you can find them at the Met Office website.
What’s your favourite season and what do you love about it?
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