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Ode to October. Tuesday October 8, 2013

A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a friend how much I loved this time of year. 'But summer's over!' she wailed. 'Next thing I know it'll be Christmas.' Yet it was only the start of September. It struck me she'd fast-forwarded through nearly four months – and with it a whole season.

There's a simple theory that depression is associated with looking back regretfully to the past, whereas anxiety stems from being future-focused. If this is true, then my friend's remark was indicative of both modes of thinking, and I'm sure she's not alone. One only has to consider the high streets to see how, as a culture, we often don't focus on the time we're in – we've autumn clothes in the shops in July, winter fashions in September and by mid-December – when one might actually want to buy a warm woolly – they're all on sale in preparation for spring. Talk about wishing our lives away! This is the very antithesis of living in the moment, and hardly conducive to mental wellbeing.

I suppose, to be glass-half-empty for a moment, it's true that the nights are drawing in and temperatures have dropped. However October is also a time when nature is particularly stunning, as the poet John Keats put it so eloquently:

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-eaves run...

And that's not forgetting the crackle of the logs on the fire, the whoops and shrieks of Halloween and bonfire night...

So today, why not take a moment to what makes October special for you? Then share your observation(s) on our blog, so we can enjoy Moodscopers' very own contemporary Ode to Autumn. Because, to coin a cliché, there's no time like the present.

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Anonymous Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 7:25am

I, for one, love the changes to each season that we are so privileged to experience in the UK. Each season has its distinct flavours and should be enjoyed for each change in mood.
Would it not be rather boring to live somewhere where there is very little change to each season?
I only wish that the shops would stop pushing us prematurely into each season.
Christmas, for me, is destroyed by all the commercialism, which seems to start earlier each year. By the time its due - I am totally bored by the whole event and wish to hibernate for its duration.
I love the first awakenings and smells of spring. The hopefully anticipated long summer days and the smell of freshly cut grass. The autumn change in colours, nature’s rich artist pallet. The winter log fires, and the smell of wood smoke in the air, and of course the possibility of snow. Then it all starts over again.
They say change is the spice of life. What is there not to like?

Anonymous Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 8:52am

Oh, I love autumn so much right now! I love the changing colour of the leaves and how they add warmth and shine even to a grey day. Is there anything more beautiful than the yellow leaves of a birch, or willow, or gingko, shining through the autumn mist?
I love going to the market and enjoying the abundance of vegetables, fruit and flowers. I always like to buy some flowers, to add some colour to my home. Right now, there are some chrysanthemum in a vase on the table, and I look at them from my working desk and they soothe me.
And all the good food you can eat now! There are plums, chestnuts, mushrooms, pumpkins, new potatoes, pears...
It makes me happy to be able to wear different clothes again; wool skirts and dresses, a warm jersey, a scarf I like...
Autumn is not as excited as summer, and I enjoy this slightly melancholiy feeling. It allows me to quiet down a bit. And what better time to enjoy a cup of tea, maybe with some honey waffles?

In Japan, this time of the year is called 'leaf-colour-changing season', 'momiji' in Japanese. This time is almost as important as the cherry blossom time in spring. Now, people will go outside to parks and gardens to admire the splendor of the many-coloured leaves... isn't that a beautiful thing to do?

Anonymous Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 8:52am

The Autumn leaves caress the trees tenderly. If you're a similar age to me, you might like to remember The Dr Teeth (Muppets) version of this ballad. It's on one of the Muppet Albums. Sarah, this is a fine blog. October is a fine month. There seem to be a lot of Halloween Special cinema screenings this month. The dark and the macabre can still be entertaining and uplifting. After all, it's all art. Peace and Love.

Julia Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 9:01am

Yes, Autumn can be lovely. We seem to be getting more defined seasons now whereas only a few years back, all the seasons in the UK used to almost blend into each other.
I think it would be nice to have blog from a Moodscoper who lives in a different time and weather zone to us here in the UK so that when we are freezing with snow outside or it's just a rainy dull grey miserable day, we could read about and imagine the sunshine and warmth of somewhere in Australia or Indonesia. It would be like watching I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of Here in January which is broadcast from Australia and you can hear the Summer birds and insects chirping and all the presenters wear summer clothes. You can almost feel the heat coming through the TV. And Ant and Dec,,well they are another reason to be cheerful

Anonymous Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 9:25am

Bright clear autumn days with trees every shade of gold and red. Early frosts and sunshine.

Anonymous Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 9:33am

I live very close to the New Forest and this is my favourite time of year the beautiful colours,the ponies, donkey's and cattle getting their winter coats and the pigs roaming free. I am also very close to the sea so being part of this is wonderful for my spirit and mood putting a smile on my face at the wonder of nature.

Anonymous Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 11:17am

How lovely. It's so easy to miss the turn of this magical season in London - especially as the capital's trees appear to hang on to their leaves for longer. But this October, I have planned a couple of days in the country, to marvel at the autumnal colours against a sky blue backdrop.

Anonymous Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 12:15pm

'To every thing there is a season' . Autumn is the best time of year to remember our friends and loved ones - as someone said, it has a melancholy feel which an be quite enjoyable in the right circumstances yet it is full of beauty and splendour. Its a mist-erious (!) season with a hint of the macabre as someone has said, and the celebrations we human beings indulge in across the word at this time of year remind us that encountering death, letting go, rememberance and celebrating life are all part of our shared experience of still being alive, of 'making it'. We are part of something bigger. There is so much to celebrate and to mark in autumn, so much to enjoy in the cosiness and warmth we seek out. I wouldn't skip the approaching cold and dark; without it we wouldn't feel the warmth and light of spring. And for once the shops are on our side, they make it easy to mark Halloween and bonfire night whether in tiny ways (a bowl of Heinz tomato soup) or in big communal ways (a fireworks party). I'm smiling just thinking about it :)

Anonymous Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 1:06pm

AUTUMN looks great to me around here in Devon. The colours are turning and the leaves beginning to fall once again reminding us of beginnings, taking our place, and endings, making way for others. Also this planet's evolution manifested in climate change and subject to the forces our place in the universe presents as we weave around our sun.

Anonymous Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 4:39pm

I agree

DawnCRitchie Tue, Oct 8th 2013 @ 6:51pm

For me, Autumn brings a special feeling that I had when I was 16. I had my first taste of freedom, I had money from my first job and began my first serious relationship, which later resulted in marriage (not married to him now though, in case you thought it was a happy ever after).
I am really blessed that the feeling returns to me each year. I also love the autumn coloured leaves and still occasionally rustle through them even at the age of 48!

Chrissie Wed, Oct 9th 2013 @ 10:30am

Autumn for me brings bright, crispy and snuggly days....

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