Every year I fall more and more in love with the seasons – they seem to resonate a little more with me especially now that I am outside in nature all the time. There’s no hiding from the elements when you work on a dairy farm!
But by far the most lovely time of year would have to be autumn.
The changing landscape – almost daily – as trees switch into dormant mode and ready themselves for coming winter.
Colours seem to glow brighter. Crisper. Cleaner.
The sun rises with more fanfare.
As it sets in the late afternoon pretty light falls everywhere.
It’s very distracting when I’m supposed to be “working”….
I enjoy the crisp mornings; I love the cooler nights – cherishing the extra blanket needed to snuggle in on the couch.
And the first fire lit for the year (right back in April here in Central Victoria) never fails to leave me a little warmer but also melancholy. It has me reaching for a glass of red wine or a hot cup of tea to help the broody reflective mood. Full well knowing what lies ahead is colder, darker and harsher.
Then there’s the joyous task of making the first batch of soup, accompanied by fresh bread to nourish cold bodies after a long day on the farm.
By far my favourite autumn activity is to simply put of some shoes and go for a walk.
Sometimes there’s a destination. Sometimes there’s not. But if there’s pretty leaves to see along the way it’s a bonus.
It’s my thinking time. Time and space between gears. Not just to wind down but give thanks for the gifts of the passing spring and summer.
Observing nature’s last glorious show before Her dormant period.
Perhaps there are birds to see. Or growing goat kids to play with (really, they just want to eat my jacket). Or the neighbours’ new lambs to check on.
The path is always dusted with leaves down here in Victoria. It’s the gift you get to enjoy, along with the southerly winds and brooding beanie-and-scarf days.
Greens. Browns. Yellows. Oranges. Reds and even pinks.
The markets that were once bursting with summer bounty now slow – but there’s still some gold to find: pears, walnuts, cheese, beetroot and carrot or pumpkin and kale.
These changes all serve as reminders that we are part of something much bigger and more powerful than we think. A world and universe beyond our ultimate control.
We are really just a small cog in a larger machine – Mother Nature.
Oh how marvellous She is.