“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize.”George Eliot
My favorite season is almost here! Autumn, fall, harvest – call it what you want – I’m all in!
For me, autumn symbolizes new beginnings. Yes, I know it’s not normally recognized as such, but hear me out. It’s when the new school year begins and everyone gets a fresh start. There are new teachers, new classmates, new notebooks new textbooks, even new crayons! Add in musical auditions and athletic tryouts, and we have a clean slate for everyone.
Also, there is a general feeling of change in the air. Practically overnight we are released from hot, muggy days and the air takes on an earthy sweet smell of decaying leaves and foliage.
What is so great about early autumn here on the St Lawrence River in the north country of New York State? Let me break it down for you.
The air is crisp and cool. Humidity is fading fast. Now is the best time to take long walks without getting overheated. We are starting to see roadside stands popping up all over, filled with pumpkins and gourdes. And, of course, the leaves are starting to fall!
Summer blooms are yielding to splatters of gold, orange and brick red. Many people think the turning of the leaves in fall are due to the colder temperatures. However, the decreasing number of daylight hours actually signals the colorful transition.
The climate, to include sun exposure and moisture, greatly affects the colors intensity of the autumn leaves; but the increase in nighttime hours is what actually starts the process at the same time each year.
Windows can be open all day and night!
Food takes on a whole new level of heartiness. Now that the evenings are cooling down, we’ve already started to incorporate wholesome stews and soups for our dinners. Tonight my husband served an Italian meatball soup!
We have already started planning for our annual harvest meal celebration, which we will host in late October.
Autumn fits in perfectly with my peaceful lifestyle. I celebrate each day as if it were to be my last. And there’s nothing like sitting out on the deck overlooking the mighty river that separates us with Canada with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. 🍷
As the evening temperatures start to drop, riverside campfires are a must!
I’m particularly happy that the mosquito population is dwindling. And sometimes, even this early in September, a light sweater helps to take the chill off one’s shoulders.
I hope you will cherish the upcoming seasonal change like I do. Also, for those of you living in the Southern Hemisphere, I wish you a joyous springtime!
Thank you for reading! – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)
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