Tuesday, 5 October 2010


"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns". George Eliot

I love autumn. Love it. The colours are beautiful.

“But I remember more dearly autumn afternoons in bottoms that lay intensely silent under old great trees” CS Lewis

It's wonderful to sit cosily indoors - oh how I wish I had a wood burner (one day, one day) - as the wind and rain howl outside.

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree” Emily Bronte

But there are also bright sunny days that highlight the colours in the trees are simply idyllic.

Autumn is a time of exploring for children. Today we collected conkers, there weren't many, I think the Squirrels have taken most of them. But there are berries like jewels, the leaves are golden, the bugs are out in force. It's such a fun time for children.

I'm so desperate to find time to get out with the children and hunt for treasures. Here is a great Autumn calendar of fun activities for children from Holy Experience.

Autumn also feels a nostalgic, shadowy time. The bats are out, the mornings are misty, the evenings are foggy. There's a smell of wood smoke in the air and of burning peat on the moors. There is a quietness, a silence. Summer is noisy, autumn is peaceful.

“I saw old Autumn in the misty morn Stand shadowless like silence, listening To Silence” Thomas Hood

It's the time to read a mystery or a magical fantasy like The Children of Green Knowe. I love that book. I'd read it to my eldest right now, but we're in the middle of one of the follow-up books to the Malory Towers series. Chuh!

1954 edition (I think)

Have a happy autumn.

~My pictures on this post are from last October (except for one from creative commons photos on Flickr, see link underneath photo).


  1. I love Autumn also...the change in the weather, the change in the trees...a wonderful time of year! Love your photos. :)