“Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness” ~Keats
If I had to pick a favourite season, I think that Autumn would win hands down. The beautiful colours of the changing scenery and the gathering of the harvest has the power to take my breath away. Who can resist those lovely walks? Kicking through the fallen leaves as the weather brings a little chill to the air. The ultimate for me has to be utilising all those autumnal vegetables into a hearty stew.
As the days shorten and the summer comes to a close, the beginning of Autumn according to the astronomical calendar takes place today, Sunday 23rd September. This 2nd equinox of the year. Also known as Mabon, it happens when the north and south poles are aligned with the sun. This essentially means we get the same amount of daylight hours to those of darkness. Equinox is a Latin word meaning “Equal Night.” After this date, the nights draw in significantly and we can look forward to cosy nights by the fire.