Strangely perhaps, I think that autumn is actually my favourite season and I even like the darker evenings when I’m warm and cosy inside the house. The best bit though is walking out on a crisp sunny day looking at all the beautiful colours of the leaves. I think a visit to Westonbirt Arboretum is on the cards as I haven’t been for a few years.
Thinking about autumn made me think what a strange word it is – there are very few words in the English language that end in ‘mn’ aren’t there? So I looked it up and it’s apparently from the Old French word autompne, (automne in modern French). If we’d have been around before the 16th century though, we would have called this season ‘harvest’. As people began to move from the countryside into towns that word started being only used for the actual reaping of the harvest. That got me thinking about Harvest Festival, which our local churches will be celebrating this month, and it seems like we have been giving thanks for successful harvests since pagan times.
My grandchildren will be coming to stay during half term towards the end of the month. I’ve got it planned that they are going to come to the garden centre with me to choose some bulbs and then plant them in the garden which will give us some spring colour. We are also going to plant some sweet peas in pots and over winter them in the greenhouse. I’m saving my own seed this year to see how that goes as I had a magnificent show this summer and there were hundreds of seed pods to collect afterwards. A bit of digging and weeding as well should keep them out of mischief and use up some of that never ending energy they have! If the weather isn’t kind though, it will be a bit of a challenge to keep them occupied. I’ve been checking out a few things for them to do rather than sit in front of the telly. For anyone who might be in a similar situation, have a look at www.activityvillage.co.uk where there are ideas for making bird feeders, collages and lots of other things to do. We will also be making the obligatory chocolate cakes with one at the end of the week for them to take home – yummy!
Just one more thing – don’t forget to put your clocks back on 30th October.