Autumn Anticipation

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“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Many people hate it and so I won’t shout it too loudly but I actually enjoy it when the seasons start to turn and the cold begins to creep over us. However, I can’t say that it has crept up on us but suddenly hit us in the face. Last weekend our summer disappeared and the cold descended in full force.

Not starting work until 10 o’clock meant a nice relaxing morning, where I could take my time in getting ready. The weather started to turn as I sat there listening to the wind and rain batter the house front and there it must be said that there is a certain satisfaction in being wrapped up against the elements. Mornings are cosier and you are grateful for steaming hot cups of tea and thick blankets. Coats and scarves are brought out of hiding and hats are placed on heads and people start to see the festivities of Christmas on the distant horizon.

Outside and braving the blustering winds the autumn fruits are abundant this year with apples clinging to the trees and blackberries piling up in the hedgerows. It’s slightly too early for most of the trees to turn but I love it when they do. The colours are sheer brilliance.  

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I just wanted to share my feeling that it is truly a lovely time of year. Yet, with the weather being dramatic and the feel of freshness in the air, you cannot but help feeling hopeful of big and positive changes to come.