Today is Mabon the Autumn equinox. This is the point in the year when days and nights are the same length and from now onwards we have a little less daylight and a little more darkness. This pattern continues until the Winter equinox on 21st December when we reach the darkest day and then gradually begin to creep towards the light once more.
Noticing A chill in the air early in the morning and in the evenings
Feeling exhausted after hosting a sleep-over party for 6 of my daughter’s friends
Wishing for a computer of my own so that I could work without constant distractions
Eating left-over vegan chocolate birthday cake
Wondering if the weather will keep on being kind to me
Wearing welly boots and wooly socks one day, sandals the next
Watching the leaves change colour by the day
Listening to bird song while I am working in the woods
Drinking Clipper organic decaf tea with almond milk and honey – I am super fussy now
Planning a period of quiet and reflection after my Forest school ends at October half term
I love calendula. It always amazes me just how many flowers are produced from a single plant. The flower in full bloom and the seed head shown above are on the same plant! I let it self-seed and have loads now from buying just one packed of seeds a few years ago.
There is still lots to harvest in the garden. The plums, figs and blackberries were wonderful. We have had lots of apples too, the cooking apples will be ready in a few weeks so I am planning a big cook up to make apple puree and freeze lots to see us through.