Oxford defines autumn as” the third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall, in the northern hemisphere from September to November and in the southern hemisphere from March to May.”
But autumn is so much more, isn’t it?
‘Tis the season when students go back to school. Armed with their new (and used these days) school gear, they march into the classrooms to take the seats they will occupy the new academic year.
‘Tis the season of Halloween, of carved pumpkins and Yorkshire Parkin cake (form of gingerbread with glaze) and ghosts of loves past.
‘Tis the season when the air smells of moist earth, winds tell secrets and the rain drops bring the grass (and our souls) back to life.
‘Tis the season of corporate restructurings, of due diligence procedures and legal opinions over complex legal matters.
‘Tis the season runner up to Christmas for which we need to prepare spiritually, physically and financially (think outfits for Christmas parties etc.).
In any event, autumn is my favourite season.