Autumn Equinox

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Today is the Autumn Equinox. I want to say autumn is my favourite season, but for me picking a favourite season is much like picking a favourite child-impossible. Each has its own beauty, charms and challenges.

Living above the 51st parallel means leaves have already begun to change colour, we’ve had our first frost and some birds have started their journey south. Yet we’re still enjoying lots of sunshine, warm days and there is still food to harvest in the gardens.

One thing I have learned over the years that helps bring happiness into my life is to embrace the rhythms of the year. Let each season have its own rituals, activities, and food.

My autumns include-apple cider, hearty soups, homemade breads and many trips to the farmers’ markets. As autumn begins I spend a lot of time outside raking leaves, planting bulbs, picking apples and walking the hounds. I also spend a lot of time just pacing around my yard-contemplating my future plans for the garden. The weeks will pass by, the pages on the calendar will turn and I will begin to find myself spending more time indoors. I will re-read some of my favourite old books and perhaps pick up one or two new ones. I will pick up some wool and do some crocheting. I will look at old photographs and reminisce about loved ones lost. I will take to the kitchen and bake up desserts from another era. I will turn inward, reflect on life and enjoy the solitude.

Depending on where you live and what brings you pleasure your autumn may look very different from mine. However, I encourage you to take some time this season nurturing your soul. Be kind to yourself, slow down (even if it’s just for a couple hours), eat some comfort foods, and plan an activity or two that will completely delight you.

Happy Autumn!

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7 thoughts on “Autumn Equinox

  1. Embrace the 40s because it continues to get better and better! Who knew? !!

    Your thoughts about fall are in synch with mine. I love this time of year.
    Well, gosh, I like winter too!

  2. You paint a very clear vision of your thoughts and actions….I can actually visualize being right there with you enjoying your moments! Thank you 🙂

  3. I am a Virgo child of the harvest, so I have no problem picking a season. Autumn, autumn, autumn! Then again, I don’t have children. But I do have two dogs and although both are deeply loved, I do adore one more than the other. (I suck up a lot to the other one so he doesn’t take it personally. But he’s extremely needy, so he probably knows). Your life sounds very cozy and contemplative……I like the way you capture the simplicities of the seasons. I think life should be simple.

    Looking forward to your future posts!

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