I’m always a little disappointed to see autumn coming at first. The summer is coming to a close and it takes a little while to shake off that sense of regret before getting into the season that’s arrived. Once I get over that initial feeling though, I love some of the joys that come with autumn. For me the key way to get in tune with the season is to get out in the fresh air and do some autumnal things.
One thing I do is make the most of nature’s autumn bounty. I’m out picking blackberries to make jam and I’m starting to think about making chutney. We didn’t have too many gluts in our vegetable garden this summer, but I’ve got loads of tomatoes that just aren’t going to ripen, so I think I’ll be making a batch of green tomato chutney. It’s the first year I’ve had enough tomatoes to do that and I’m looking forward to trying out a recipe that I’ve got tucked away.
For me apples are an essential part of autumn and we have already taken delivery of a batch of cooking apples from our former neighbour’s garden. I might need to go and get an ‘apple fix’ from one of the many apple events that the National Trust are running this year in time for Apple Day.
I love watching the colours changing on the leaves and there’s little better than a walk through the woods scrunching through the fallen leaves.
We’ve heading towards the Autumn Equinox quickly now. Close on its heels this on 28 September this year there will be a lunar eclipse too. For me this makes it seem like quite a spiritual time of year. For a lunar eclipse to happen there has to be a full moon and if it is a clear night you will be able to see the moon go dim and maybe red. It certainly sounds worth staying up for, although you’ll need to be prepared as it will happen in the early hours. I’ve never seen a lunar eclipse so it will be something new to tick off the list this autumn.