1 EAGLETON NOTES: Autumn

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Autumn

No season of mists an mellow fruitfulness; no beautiful golden red leaves; no misty mornings which one knows instinctively is an 'autumn morning'. For me no discussions about meteorological use of months or general acceptance of the equinox as an indication of autumn. It's not the fact that this morning it's still raining and blowing a gale just as it was when I went to bed. It's the fact that this morning I was up at 6.25am and I had to put the lights on. For me that means it's now autumn. Soon I'll be able to get up at 8.30am and have to put the lights on. Then it will be winter.

Oh what a difference a day makes. Yesterday around 7am it was like this:


Today it's like this:

26 comments:

  1. The shortening hours of daylight will only go on until Dec 21st and then they will start to lengthen again. Am sure you can manage that :-)

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    1. Heron I can manage anything if I have to. My thinking is, however, coloured by the fact that I spent 10 years without a winter: living 6 months here and 6 months in New Zealand giving me pretty near constant summer. I love the fact that here in the Hebrides in the middle of summer there is no night but in the middle of winter, unfortunately, there is very little day.

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  2. Yes, that's how I try to look at it too.

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    1. Yes I'm pretty philosophical about it really Jenny. Especially when the gales and rain of the last few days are followed by gales with brilliant sun today.

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  3. Aye lad, the nights are drawing in now. It seems like yesterday when I was up working in my vegetable garden at 9.30pm but now the day has gone by 7.15pm as night arrives. We are plunging into a black hole called Winter.

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    1. True YP but for me on a clear night I could work all night in the garden if I had a mind to. I've certainly walked down to the beach and paddled at 1am in the Good Old Days when I was a mere 60 year old.

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  4. Winter? Lovely! Turn up the central heating. Curl up with a good book in front of the fire. A glass of wine and some good company.
    Comfort food. Winter? Lovely!
    Each to his own but I just love every season for different reasons. Enjoy your super new and cosy lounge Graham.

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    1. You do have a point Spesh and I, too, enjoy the seasons for different reasons but it doesn't stop me hankering for summer to continue a bit longer.

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  5. It's spring here...and that means a long, hot summer isn't far away! Arrrrrgggghhhhh!

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    1. Lee I loved the heat in NZ and croquet in the high 30s gave me an advantage over those more delicate players who melted once the third decade was reached. Mind you I had the luxury of cooling the cottage down with the air-con to get a good night's sleep.

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  6. I like the early part of autumn. (This September so far we've been having lovely weather most of the time.) I'd like it even better if it wasn't followed by winter, though! (The period I'd be most happy to skip would be from January until mid March or so...) - I like the "drama" in your first picture!

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    1. Monica when I'm somewhere surrounded by trees and it's autumn I'm in heaven. The true season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and autumnal colours was, at one time, my favourite time of year. Here on the Island there is no real change to autumnal colours. The leaves start to die (where there are trees!) and the gales whip them away.

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  7. Days go marching on to less and less. Storms seem worse as days shorten.

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    1. Certainly, Red, storms seem worse at night than they do during the day.

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  8. We are being PROMISED that it will cool down into the 80's this week. Today it was over 90 again and it promises to do the same tomorrow! Come on, Autumn!!
    I must admit, I like both photos!

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    1. I said earlier in one of my responses, Kay, that I love the heat. That's true but I should have added that I'm not so keen on having to work outside in the heat. Fortunately that's not an issue here because the highest the temperature is likely to reach on the Island is the occasional 26℃ (about 80℉).

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  9. We were promised thunder lightning and deluge for today, but I now see that it's been revised to 'cloudy' with the possibility of some rain at mid-day. Oh well...

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    1. We just had gales and rain Cro. I'm sure our gardens wouldn't survive the shock of your temperatures this summer but they are also struggling with summer gales.

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  10. We turned the clocks forward last night, then the skies opened and it bucketed down, just to remind us that winter is not quite done with us yet. Days and nights are already warmer - and welcome!

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    1. Yes Pauline I keep being reminded that we live in different hemispheres where everything is reversed. I have been very conscious this year that even though Hawkes Bay has had a bad winter most of the time the (winter) temperature there has still been higher than the (summer) temperature here on the Island. C'est la vie.

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  11. Living not too far from your brother, I can assure you that its rather Autumnal here. I love walking around my garden early morning and seeing the sparkling spiders webs and collecting fallen fruit. Evenings are special too with candles and just like Spesh 1, a good book, glass of wine and I'm very content. Enjoy your wonderful views as the seasons change.

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    1. Hello Cath. Good to see you here again. I shall enjoy the views. However much I occasionally appear to moan about the weather I never ever tire of the view from my kitchen window. This morning, for example, it is spectacular as the gale-force wind whips up the white horses in the beautiful sunshine.

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  12. The second picture might make me want to just go back to bed, I must confess!

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    1. Jenny I know exactly what you mean. I always feel more alive when the sun shines.

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  13. Make the best of it....you're alive....you have two good knees....life's good.

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    1. Virginia never have truer words been spoken!

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