Autumn – A Season of Beauty
Today I have a visiting writer on Thinly Spread, my lovely friend Becky tells us just what it is about Autumn that makes her smile.
Chris has kindly let me guest post here and I am delighted to do so . Thinly Spread is a blog that follows nature’s seasons through cooking , gardening, observations and activities. I am in love with October and all she brings and this seems the perfect place to share that love.
Keats captures Autumn so well.
To Autumn – John Keats (1820)
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
Photo credit: Vidia Crawley
Autumn apples: red, rosy and juicy jostle with fat, bright satsumas in our big, maple wood fruit bowl. The colours as vivid as those on the leaves on the ground outside our door.
Harvest festival has been and gone. We have sung ‘Colours of day’ and ‘We plough the fields and scatter’ at my children’s school. A mass of parents and kids cheerfully belting out the familiar words of songs we sing just once a year but know so well. We bought in our tins and our vegetables as instructed to be made into baskets to give to those who need them and the children piled them up like a big bonfire.
When I was young my granny would get a food basket each October from the local school. She used a wheelchair but was not ‘needy’ and would giggle at her ‘poor parcel’. It was usually full of cheap, unwanted and often out of date tins of pineapples and sardines and some slightly wilting veg! Despite her giggles at the generosity of the givers she also felt a little bit warm and fuzzy each October knowing her basket did indeed come with love and care.
The misty mornings of the season and its lovely fruit and thankfulness. How truly lovely is Autumn with its customs and traditions. Familiar, cosy and full of colour.
Becky blogs at http://www.abeautifulspace.co.uk a blog about loveliness.
What do you love most about Autumn?