Saturday, 18 September 2021

Autumn is coming

In meteorological and gardening terms, autumn is already here. I was taught it doesn't arrive until the autumn equinox which can be 21st, 22nd or even 23rd September. Indeed in 2303 it will be the 24th!

The nights are drawing in, with a chill often in later afternoon or early evening. It isn't quite so light early in the morning. Dew is often on the ground, up in the trees, on the outside of windows. Mists and light fog start to make their return and driving becomes more difficult due to the low angle of the sun, especially on wet roads, when driving with the sun in your eyes:(

The sun when not obscured by clouds, can pack a bit of a punch and is still capable of inducing sunburn.

Whilst the summer quilt is still on the bed, winter sheets went on a few weeks ago. Heading towards the colder weather, a halfway measure will be the summer quilt and a light eiderdown. Then when I in particular feel chilly throughout the night, those are removed to be replaced by the winter quilt. When winter really bites, that quilt often has the light eiderdown on it or the summer quilt laid on top.

I don't like leaving the curtains open as the daylight fadesand they are getting closed earlier each week or so.

DB cleaned out the gutters and we are both working slowly to remove faded leaves and dead flower buds from the garden. The first two coats of paint have gone on the moved pieces of wood on the revamped vegetable bed. A first batch of jam has been made,  more things will follow each week until my list  is done. Elderberries need to be gathered for winter cordial. A  pair of trousers and a new walking coat for me need to be bought. Other than that, we are about ready.

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  1. Difficult to know what to wear now when its misty and dewy first thing. It might go to really warm ...or not.

    Wonder what the world will be like in 2303 - will it still be supporting life?

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    1. We get caught out quite often, especially on walking days when we have to take a myriad of tops and coats! Maybe the earth will still be okay if technology has gotten to grips with it all.

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  2. Layers do it for me too. I love the colours and the change of light, the planning for the growing space and - well, pretty much everything about late summer/early autumn. It is just beautiful.
    xx

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    1. My favourite season, followed by spring.

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  3. Another lovely day here in S Wales and we're really enjoying our new life here.. we've sat outside a café on the promenade and wondered if we'd do this when its colder, and we decided we would.. I remembered I have a big wool coat which I've hardly used because in Suffolk we didn't go out much in the colder months, but here there's loads to see and do, so my wool coat will be very handy.

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    1. Sounds lovely. After eating out once a week all last winter due to Covid restrictions, it wasn't much fun and we got fed up of our meal going cold very quickly. Mind you, on a sunny winters day it was grand.

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  4. Really quite warm here today, but the wind is cooling things down a bit. Morning walks now need a coat, and the trees have changed colour for the most part. In fact some have managed to lose their leaves entirely.

    I love how you are slowly getting things done to be ready for the winter.

    God bless.

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    1. Trees are slowly changing and the bracken is going brown. Each year, getting ready for winter becomes a ritual, with slight differences depending on how early in the summer we have begun to prepare.

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  5. Autumn is my favourite season. I love the feeling of preparing for winter. I enjoy getting the garden prepared, taking in the wooden seating until the spring, removing the dead annuals, planting spring bulbs, etc. I've definitely gone off hot temperatures and much prefer the cooler weather.

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    1. Same her, wonder if it’s an age thing.

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