Autumn is my favorite season. I love seeing all of the changes Mother Nature brings our way. The maple trees are especially vibrant with colours of red, golden-yellow and a combinations of both. The list is long but here are a few of my favorite things about Autumn:
. Changing of the leaves with all of the pretty colours
. Using my Crock Pot for Savory Dinners and Soups.
. Wearing comfy Sweaters,Sweat Shirts and scarfs.
. Apple picking is always fun at our house.
. Baking lots of pies and apple crisps.
. Sleeping is always better with cool nights and open windows.
. Most fresh vegetables are available at your local fruit market.
. With Autumn come lots of yard work. Fresh air is good.
. Bonfires are great too, having smores by the fire is a must.
Autumn is the “cooling off” months right between the hot summer and chilling winters. When the cooler temperatures of fall start rolling in, saying goodbye to summer is a little hard to do, but welcoming. I love going for long walks on the trails, hearing all the crunching of the leaves under my feet, plus drinking a warm mug of Hot Coco. Feeling the cool air enter my lungs and dressing in layers. The cooler air also reduces the inflammation of sinuses. Great for meditation, or just sitting by the water, or on a park bench. Everything looks so beautiful and peaceful. It’s not cold like winter, and not hot like summer, it feels just right. Also its the season of Halloween, plus many more holidays we look forward to. It’s always nice to spend quality time with our families and friends.
Autumn represent the preservation of life. During this time, animals prepare for the winter by storing their food and creating a cozy hibernation space. Autumn begins with the Autumnal Equinox. As the earth tilts closer to the sun, days become shorter and nights grow longer.
Autumn is also called “Fall” this is probably because it it the time when trees loose their leaves and they fall to the ground.
But why do we have two names for one season?
In the English language, calling the season “autumn” first began in the 12th century. But the word was not commonly used until the 16th century. This is about the same time that people began using the word “fall” to mean autumn. In the earlier days before refrigeration, it was also called “harvest” people would prepare to preserve their food, after harvesting.
Balance. The Fall Equinox represents the balance between the seasons as well as the balance between light and dark, fall provides an opportunity for us to balance our self with our mother earth.
Change. In tandem with spring, fall is a part of a beautiful cycle of loss, regeneration and regrowth. The dead leaves and branches on the ground disintegrated and become part of the soil, acting as seeds and fertilizer later once the cold welcome the warmer weather.
Conservation. Farmers and critters alike work tirelessly during this time of year to protect the basic necessities of life. We as people also work to preserve our comfy abodes like the animals do with their hibernation spaces.
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of then all” – Stanley Horowitz
Get outside and enjoy Autumn.