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Sunday 22nd of September marks the first day of Autumn. Sunday September 22, 2013

If we are grieving* the loss of warmth and sunshine maybe an antidote could be to immerse ourself in the current season.

'Autumn - a second Spring when every leaf is a flower,' so said the writer Albert Camus.

We well know that Autumn can bring a breathtaking, show-stopping, blaze of colour and glory. For many years I've foraged and found autumnal leaves, pressing them in my journals along with the date and place discovered. Or sometimes I hibernate one in a random book. I've often opened up a book that I haven't touched in a long while and a leaf, having been awakened, will escape, floating to my feet and giving me a nudge of joy or a happy memory.

It was only last year that it dawned on me that Autumn is one of nature's greatest teaching programs. Autumn can educate us in dendroloy - the study of trees. Do you know your Sycamore from your Hawthorn? Or your Oaks from your Ash?

Collecting colourful leaves of all shapes and sizes and looking them up is a delightful way of becoming absorbed in the present. By keeping my eyes peeled for the most fiery, beautiful and untouched fallen leaves, I tend to fret less that the temperature has dropped or that the blue skies are now a murky grey.

Incidentally, there are trees everywhere, not just in the countryside. Look and you shall find.

"Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." George Elliot.

Now I wouldn't go that far. I love Summer. I need Summer. However, as if it has traveled from a far away land, each season brings its own exotic gifts. Search for them, unwrap them and treasure them.

*When I say 'grieving', I'm not referring to the very real and very distressing Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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Julia Sun, Sep 22nd 2013 @ 8:09am

I agree so much with you Suzy. I have always loved Autumn for the reasons you suggest and many others.Currently I am enjoying a wonderful Indian Summer in France which is the very best of Autumn. The colours are lovely and will get even better. I shall miss the heat of the Summer and am almost dreading another freezing Winter like we had last year but for now, thank you for reminding us to bask in the Autumn.

Anonymous Sun, Sep 22nd 2013 @ 9:13am

Great blog, Suzy. The Autumn leaves caress the trees tenderly. Peace and Love.

Julia Sun, Sep 22nd 2013 @ 9:42am

If you Google or do a Yahoo search for the words "Autumn Leaves", you can find some nice song lyrics.

Anonymous Sun, Sep 22nd 2013 @ 2:54pm

Just what I need today Suzy. Thank you

Ariel Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 @ 10:25am

It's not Autumn in my part of the world! The green buds are bursting and the birds are very chirpy early in the morning. It's Spring here down under.
Maybe that's a good reminder to us that when it's getting warmer for us, its getting colder for someone else; when the sun is shining bright and hot, someone else is struggling to find warmth.
We need all seasons to appreciate what each offers.
Now I suppose we will hear from someone on the equator where its either wet or dry, or someone in the arctic circle where it's either light or dark... the same principle applies. Enjoy what's happening now, look forward to constant change.

Julia Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 @ 10:35am

Hi Ariel. I did think about those living in other parts of the globe where the seasons are different. Moodscope is multi national and I am always aware of this.It's not just us Brits that use Moodscop!
Spring is lovely too. Have a nice one

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