While it may not be autumn in your part of the world, I hope you forgive me this seasonal indulgence. As many of you already know, I’m a cold weather girl – so autumn and winter are my favourite times of year. Perhaps that is why, of all the things learnt at high school, the one poem remembered is ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats. In particular it’s those first few lines that comes to mind more often than I’d care to admit:
‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run … ‘
These words tell of the beauty and bounty of autumn, and echo the feeling of possibility the season always brings to me (speaking of Keats, if you haven’t seen Bright Star please do … it’s one of my favourite films). With autumn visiting me once again, I can’t resist a little reflection on the things I most love about the season.
There are the multiple blanket layers to cocoon oneself within on a cold night or early morning … (while I love the cold, I don’t enjoy having to leave my bed on early mornings).
… waiting pairs of slippers keen to warm the feet as their occupants softly pad about the house with a morning cup of coffee in hand. I wonder if you can pick which pair is mine?
… the changing leaves which move through an evolving palette of yellow, red and brown. They crunch pleasingly beneath the feet.
… but perhaps best of all, it’s the snuggles and cuddles. Just look at these two cuties holding paws while they nap together in the morning sun. It’s so adorable I may just die of cuteness overload …
Now I know the autumn and winter months aren’t for everyone, but my list of seasonal love for cold weather grows longer with each passing year. But perhaps I’d change my mind if I lived in a truly cold climate?
Wherever you are in the world, I hope the season is bringing you an abundance of joy and beauty. Maybe like me you’re a fan of the ‘keep yourself warm’ time of year? Or perhaps you prefer the hot summer sun to do the heating work for you?