You’ve probably noticed it yourself… the drop in temperature, the mists in the air, and of course – the leaves changing colour. Autumn is here.
There’s so much to love about Autumn – the stunning colours, the abundance in harvest, the promise felt in that transition between Summer and Winter. But, of course, it’s also damp and cold, the season when school restarts – and so do the sniffles.
“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;” – John Keats
I’ve already mentioned the colours of Autumn… golden, orange, russet, red.
There are so many shades, and that change of colour through the spectrum is a part of the beauty in itself. So why pick amber?
Amber itself is a golden orange shade which, while autumnal, isn’t the most eye-catching. I’ve picked amber because, in its natural form, amber is translucent – it glows.
That muted glow – creating a honeyed light – is the light of autumn. When the sun shines through the mists and orange leaves the world is golden.
That’s why amber.
With an autumn chill in the air, comes the need for warmth and comfort.
We don’t yet have to wear four layers – and not leave the house without our gloves on – but we can enjoy big jumpers, socks and scarves.
There’s something lovely about being outside, just a little chilled, knowing that when we get home we can wrap up in a blanket and snuggle.
Autumn gives us permission to seek cosiness and warmth and I’m all for making the most of it!
I’m a little concerned that my inclusion of this particular word has been influenced by the modern invention of a high-street coffee chain who have made spiced lattes a feature of autumn. If that is the case – well done to the writer who coined that name.
But, however you look at it, spice is a part of autumn – the colours are redolent of those we see outside our window, and the smells and tastes can warm us from the inside out.
Whether we’re drinking or eating them – chai, chilli or spiced pumpkin soup – spices bring warmth and comfort from our kitchen. And who doesn’t need that?
Rustle… it’s a great word.
The rustling of the fallen leaves as you walk in quiet places. Or triggered by small animals moving through the dry undergrowth looking for food, or places to hide.
Kicking up the dry leaves on a brisk walk… that’s autumn.
So, these are the words which conjure up autumn for me – but what about you?
What about smooth, shiny conkers, or a biting chill, dusky evenings or gloomy skies?
Is autumn vibrant or dank in your world?
Tell me which words make you think of Autumn, I’d love to know.