The end of September and the beginning of October is very much a time of transition and change. Autumn has arrived with its shorter days and cool, crisp skies, but the warmth of the Summer sun still returns intermittently to remind us of the Summer just gone.
The last weeks of September saw the Autumn Equinox here in England, and the harvest moon, and since then we have moved deeper into Autumn with every passing day. My mittens have made it out of my pockets and before we know it Winter will be upon us.
Every year with out fail, the seasons transforms seamlessly into one another – constantly revolving and moving us forward through time. Even though I love Autumn, I always feel a little unprepared at this time of year. There is something about shifting from Summer into Autumn that I find a little jarring. Maybe it’s just that Winter is looming coldly on the horizon.
Even so, it’s good to acknowledge and celebrate the change of the season. To note the things that make Autumn different to Winter, and different to Spring. After all, it’s what gives shape and meaning to the passage of time. By making the most of what each season has to offer, and by celebrating the things that are present within nature, we can live more in tune with the world around us.
This is my little ode to Autumn. The mantel in our front room became the space where we placed our found and gathered bits of nature, which we have collected over the last few weeks. I also wanted to make an Autumnal garland to hang over our fireplace. Bailey loved helping me collect the leaves, and she can’t go past a pine cone without picking it up – we have a big bowl full, so if you have any suggestions of something creative we can do with them, please let me know.
Would love to know what Autumn means to you? Are you a fan, or does another season have your heart?