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.