Autumn in the South

30 Mar 2007

After a long , hot, dry summer autumn is finally making herself felt. There is a coolness in the evenings and mornings that sends you searching for your favourite old slippers. With the end of daylight savings and the natural seasonal shortening of the days the evenings draw in quickly and curtains are drawn after dinner to create a cosy cocoon.

The changing angle of the light and the smell of fallen leaves forces you to pick up your knitting needles, quilting needle and thread and crochet hook and spend some gentle time creating with your hands.

Time is spent not on how to get in and out of the kitchen quickly with a meal prepared and not lose your cool but on thinking of all the gorgeous meals you can create to please yourself and your family.

Although Autumn can be seen as a time of decay in nature she is not so silly . It's a time of planting seeds with all those weird and wonderful seed pods flying around, some dropping from trees with a thud , a time of decay yes but to make humus and compost to feed next Spring's new seedlings that have been buried beneath their warm autumn leaf blanket all winter long.

Easter is a celebration of the hope of new life , in the southern hemisphere it is not a spring festival but it celebrates the same thing the promise and preparation for new life. Autumn is a time to celebrate the wisdom of preparing and creating a place for that new life. Also a time for dealing with what has gone on before and looking forward to the seasons ahead.

6 Responses to “Autumn in the South”

  1. I reached for my slippers for the first time today too!
    Take care

  2. I love your toadstool photo! All the mushrooms that spring up in our yard are rather ugly.

  3. thanks for sharing the Elsa Beskow. she is one of my favs :)

    ...and we are just hanging up the skiis...

  4. As our daffodils are sprouting and the plum trees are blooming it's hard to emaging you're getting ready for my favorite season! I love "Fall" food--the chance to turn on the oven again as the season cools and roast some vegetable or bake a crisp.
    I also imagines a miniature dolly of your sitting on that fab toadstool :)

  5. Elsa Beskow is one of my favorite..Thank you for the picture

  6. I love the picture at the top of your post! Thanks for such a perfect decription of my favorite season.
    Wish it was colder at our house so at least we could pretend the dog days of summer arn't around the corner. :-)



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