Celebrating Autumn

19 September 2018

The transition from summer to autumn has always been my favourite of all. I've always found it to be a gloriously magical time of the year. Although it felt like Summer weather had been trying to hold on for that little bit longer, there were even a few days towards the end of August where I could already sense a difference in the air, a sense of a seasonal shift.

When it comes to defining when a season begins I don't always go by an official date. I look around me, taking everything in and sensing the change in the air, that's when I know the new season has truly begun. However, the equinox starts around 23rd September this week, marking the astronomical beginning of autumn and as the weeks go by, we really do start to see more and more signs of autumn coming our way. Seeing highlights and tones of golds and burnt oranges across the landscapes, sycamore seeds that pirouette gracefully in the breeze and become scattered along the paths amongst the leaves, ripened conkers cracked out of their prickly casings, blackberries ripened around countryside brambles, crisp mornings and the softness of sunlight in the evenings that glows upon the trees and then soon sets, drawing the nights in earlier.

"And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves asleep and autumn was awakened." - Raquel Franco

The equinox begins when the day and night become equal in length, of around 12 hours each, this happens as the Earth tilts on it's rotational axis and the sun's rays shine equally upon the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. From then onwards, the days become shorter and nights longer ready for the arrival of winter. Throughout history there have been many celebrations and festivals around the time of the autumn equinox. In China and Vietnam the Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the many festivals celebrated in the world, in which the celebration begins on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. It's also known as the Moon Festival as it's celebrated when the moon is described at it's fullest. Moon gazing and mooncakes are a main part of the celebration! All of these celebrations have me feeling inspired to celebrate the equinox in my own little way this year and so here are a few of the ways in which I'll be celebrating autumn.

Celebrating the Equinox

Collect fallen conkers, leaves and acorns for decorations. Find some new ways I can be creative with crafts this autumn, such as having a go at making a wreath for the home from foraged autumn treasures.

Go out on a long walk to embrace the changes of the new season. Bring both my DSLR and film camera and be creative with autumn nature and landscape shots.

Plan autumn recipes, think about how I can incorporate in-season fruits and vegetables into my recipes. Apples for crumble, pumpkins for soups and pies etc.

Decide what I would love to learn new this autumn. Within arts and crafts, music and cooking.

Create a cosy living space ready for the autumn and winter months, with throws, cushions, candles and fairy lights.

Make some new goals for the end of the year, no matter how big or small. Think about the things I have achieved already and the changes I would like to make.

What are your thoughts on seasonal celebrations? 
How will you be celebrating autumn this year?

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