Thursday, 18 August 2011


One morning, you step out of the door and just stop.  

Sniff the air, look around and feel the hairs on your arms lift with a ripple of goosebumps.

Such a slight chill to the air, to be almost insignificant, but you know... you know.

The seasons are turning.
I love this time.  I know there will be folk, beating their brows and wailing "but its still August!"  and of course it is.  

But its turning.  The year is slowing.  And I am happy with that.

I can hear wood pigeons, softly cooing in the trees and although I have no idea why this should be, it always makes me think of September, morning mists and new duffel coats.  

We had a jug of Pimms between ourselves, yesterday evening, perhaps our last to the summer...a recipe swan song?
The Discovery is in season.  One of the earliest British eating apples, available from early August.  
"Bite" I tell him.  "Look it's pink inside..." Eagerly I point.  I was five and it my first term at school, perhaps it was my first walk to school.  Stiff black shoes, grey pinafore and navy blue cardi.  A bite out of a little pink apple, twenty odd years ago.  It's pink inside.  History repeating.
Discovery Apples
Cycles and circles.

Reassuring and calmly certain, the months slip beads on a string.  The ebb and flow makes me happy to be living, in a temperate country.  Temperate....a lovely word and quality.  Fickle me, I relish each seasonal window of opportunity, to try out a slightly different 'me'. 

Spring me in yellow wellies and green macintosh; asparagus and daffodils; brisk walks, planting and clear outs.
Summer me in vintage dresses and sandals; seafood linguine and homemade elderflower fizz; swimming and lazy wandering.
Tiny Blossom
Autumn me in tartan and tweed; bramble jam and goulash; knitting and long long runs.
Sitting and Knitting
Winter me in red beret, bright woollie tights, a duffel coat; roasted squash and mulled wine; snoozing under warm sofa blankets and hushed candle light evenings.
Fun, frivolous but truly, this is nature's way.  
A step and a stop every morning to see what the world has to say.  And what we have to say in answer.  It's a balm to rattled nerves, a tonic for weary souls.  The world is as it should be and perhaps, if we let it, so are we.


Mummy Boo Bear said...
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Mummy Boo Bear said...

Too true! Oh I love your posts. The photos and most imortantly the words.

I have always loved the changing of the seasons. Always up until recently struggled with summer. Too many expectations and not enough jumpers I think. I keep thinking of soup at the mo a sure sign of the more mellow time of autumn. But as we are about to embark on our summer hols in this country I keep thinking not yet....not yet. But the ingredients are here and within reach, and the heavens are pouring. What is a girl to do?


Anonymous said...

What a lovely post!! I think autumn is my fav season!

Toffeeapple said...

Just perfect.

♥coco rose♥ said...

Such a b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l- post. I feel a bit cheated over summer this year, like we still have yet to get a proper dose of it. Yet, I am finding myself dreaming of tights and thick cardi's. I do love the bring it on! xxxxxxxxxxxxx

::cupcakesandbiscuits:: said...

Firstly it is proper to say this post is beautiful and it is but what I really want to say, what I am bursting to say, is
"don't you love the word 'goulash'?"


Catherine said...

I can feel autumn too, it's giving me butterflies. It feels a little naughty to be daydreaming of woolens and hot chocolate, blustery walks and warm pubs...I love autumn and where better to enjoy it than here in the UK?

Mrs B said...

Ali!!! A. L. I. !!

Too funny!! I lurve the word goulash...the more you say it the funnier it gets!! It's mr b's favourite autumn fuel!! There is a point in the year, known only to him, where the bear hibernation instinct sets in and only goulash will do!

Goooooooooulash sh sh shhhhhhhh!


You are such kindred spirits! What autumn outfit are you all dreaming of?


A Thrifty Mrs said...

Loved this post.
I can smell the leaves getting ready to turn and I'm so excited that I could just about dance.

I love Discovery apples but my favourite are the apples from my in law's orchard. I've never tasted better in my life.

Anonymous said...

I love Autumn, and this year my daughter will be old enough to kick leaves in the park with Mummy!!

LissyLou said...

spring and autumn are my fave months, but this year i feel i have hugely missed summer - it has just flown by, way too quick for me!!! the weather has been mostly pants and 6 weeks of it i have had a broken foot :(

Mrs B said...

Oh lissy!! That is pants!! How have you managed summer hols?! It's a challenge....and that's without broken bones!! X

millefeuilles said...

Poetic and accurate! Autumn is on its way. And yet despite the fact summer is my least favourite season I cannot help but weep silently the fact it is drawing to a close. Something to do with life passing far too quickly.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh I say hear hear! How is it that we can 'smell' the season change? I always do, I 'smell' green when gardens are cut, I 'smell' rain when it is on the air.......... I love that it makes me feel a bit more attuned to nature and what she offers us, plentiful, abundant and always a spectacle to behold Kirsty x

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Such a lovely post Mrs B! I'm sensing turning of the seasons over here too, blossoms on trees, garden slowly waking up...HOORAY! That jug of pimms looks terrific, looking forward to warm balmy nights!

sue xx said...

You do write so beautifully. You really should write a book. I have had an urge to knit these last two weeks, and crochet blanket squares , if only I could remember how to crochet! A sure sign of Autumn in preparation for keeping warm and cosy.

KatGotTheCream said...

I can't wait for autumn. I really enjoyed this post; warm, wise and wonderful photos (all the Ws).

millefeuilles said...

Just to let you know that I shall be linking to this post on my blog tonight ... and if you are interested I am organising a giveaway with an autumnal feel...

Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Just found you through homebird and so glad I did,what wonderful words you write.I love the changing seasons ,Autumn is my favourite,the nip in the air,warmer clothes,snuggling under blankets,I cant wait!

Mrs B said...

Millefeuilles...thankyou! How very lovely to be linked to your gorgeous post x

Toadstool house...I'm so happy you popped in x come back soon x

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