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Dear Summer, Farewell!


Yellow the bracken, golden the sheaves 
Rosy the apples, crimson the leaves,
Mist on the hillside, clouds grey and white –
Autumn, good morning!
Summer, good night!
("Autumn" by Winstones Press)

Fall is here! It is unbelievable, but yes – summer has begun to make her way to the Southern Hemisphere, and last part of the year approaches. Today is the autumn equinox, when long, lingering summer evenings give way to chilly, Orion-lit night skies. The Michaelmas Festival will be celebrated in a few days, and before we know it the approach of winter will have made it presence known in the intricacy of sparkling early morning frost.

(Incidentally, the tilt of the Earth's axis is what determines the date of the equinox – not when day and night are the same length. Read more here.)

Practically overnight, the trees have dressed in bright oranges and reds, putting on a fireworks display before each leaf dances with the wind to the ground. I have been collecting the most beautiful leaves I find, in part to brighten my apartment and in part to help convince me that summer is at an end. I do love this season, as long as I stay in the present; winter is not my favorite. But there is no denying that this is a magnificent time, full of movement and bustle and the most beautiful palette imaginable.

The transience of seasons, really, is what makes each of them so precious. It is knowing that everything comes to an end that makes it that much sweeter.

Check out these lovely fall-inspired activities to make the most of this season:
All my love!

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