I must admit to being rather a latecomer to the autumn fan club. From a young age, right up until a few years ago, my favourite season by far was summer. Spring was enjoyable, mostly because it signalled the fact that summer was on its way. But autumn (known as ‘Fall’ in many English-speaking countries I believe) was less welcome because it signalled the very opposite: that summer was over.
It is only in recent years that autumn has started to win me over. Funnily enough, this has coincided with a slight depreciation for the joys of summer. Ever since we started a family almost six years ago, I have developed a bit of a paranoia that my children might suffer from ill effects of being in the sun too much. Yes, I appreciate that in temperate England this is far less of an issue than in about 90% of other countries worldwide, yet as my offspring feature alabaster white skin I can’t help but fret a little about keeping them out of the sun as much as possible.
Hence, when nature issues subtle signals that the seasons are shifting, I feel a little relieved. It usually begins in early September when I notice the early morning dew on the grass and the pearlescent quality of light in the mornings is heavenly. Week by week it’s magical to observe the leaves on different types of trees gradually turn myriad shades of red, orange, yellow and brown and accumulate on the ground to become a crunchy carpet. The children find it enormous fun to stamp on the piles of leaves and be rewarded with a satisfying sound. Conkers with their shiny shells are gathered once free of their prickly cages. All of this against a backdrop of (hopefully!) clear blue skies with a chill creeping into the air as the weeks go by. What’s not to love?!
Now that we are well into October, Halloween and Bonfire night will soon be here. Look out for one of my next posts describing how we decorate our home (on a small-scale) for Halloween.
Is Autumn your favourite season? Perhaps you have additional reasons for enjoying it? I would love to hear them. 🙂
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