The days have suddenly gotten shorter, and the nights cooler. In the blink of an eye, the deep green leaves of summer are turning subtle shades of yellow and orange. Soon the trees will fully be ablaze with deep reds and the golden shades of autumn. Fall is here!
The signs are clear; there’s a bit of nip in the air, jacketed children wait on street corners for the early morning bus ride, the summer perennials are fading fast while the vibrant shades of Mums and Asters take over in the fall garden. Roadside stands offer pumpkins and gourds for sale. And perhaps most telling coffee shops have added pumpkin and spice flavors to their chalkboard menus.
The autumn season marks the transition in nature from summer into winter by the gathering of friends and family for the purpose of harvesting crops. In years past, the harvest season was one of great importance. It was often quite literally, the season that made survival during the winter months a possibility. Families, and whole communities, would gather together to work, bring in the crops, and celebrate nature’s provision for the cold months to come. Continue Reading