I have spent the past week mourning the end of summer, or more specifically mourning the lack of any real summer at all: I’m not sure I could point to two consecutive weeks of solid warmth (let alone heat) in the past 3 months! Now there isn’t even any faint, lingering hope: Autumn is definitely here, and Winter is Coming… How do I know? Let me count the ways:
- we have pruned all the fruit trees till they begged for mercy
- I pulled out all the dried-up, rusty old snow pea plants
- the corn is ready to eat
- lots of red tomatoes, and the vines are starting to wilt (despite all the green ones still struggling on)
- we put the wool blankets back on the bed
- we put flannelette sheets back on the bed
- my hands are drying and chapping faster than I can keep the moisturiser going
- the starlings have put on their autumn plumage and are sitting on the powerlines in front of our driveway, driving our dog bananas with their untouchable proximity
- cloudy skies, drizzle, winds… followed by dazzling blasts of sunshine in the crisp, fresh air
- snow on the mountain on Thursday morning – just a little, and gone by the afternoon, but I have a photo to prove it! (I saw a complete rainbow on the way to work that morning too)
- the urge to cast on multiple shawls, socks and jumpers is strong and nearly irresistible!
I don’t know whether that last one counts as a sign of incipient Autumn – it could occur at almost any time of the year, depending upon my need to escape from ‘real’ life and make something beautiful with my hands.
However, I have decided that enough is enough – moaning, whinging and complaining about the weather does nothing but pollute the airspace around me, so I have decided instead to wave goodbye to anger and denial, and move on through acceptance to silver linings!
Benefits of Autumn:
- snuggling into flannelette sheets
- warm woolly socks make my feet happy
- soft, snuggly shawls keep my neck and shoulders warm
- hot cups of tea are really, really nice
- big bowls of soup
- rich, tasty casseroles and stews
- early bulbs start to push up green shoots
- lots of fabulous autumn fruits and veges
- no more sunburn!
- a lap full of thick, woolly knitting is wonderful!
- leaves changing colour on deciduous plants add splashes of brilliance
- more snuggling
So, how is your March going so far?