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Seasonal Reflections: September
THE SEASONS: September Reflections originally written in 2011
September: A Month of Signs and unexpectedness
Having been a seasonal watcher for some time now, I have been particularly aware of the changes taking place this month. September, it seems to me, having watched the days of this month pass (and I write at the end of it) has two particular features. First it appears more than any other month to herald the changing of a season and, second, it is a sneaky month!
Let’s take the seasonal change aspect first. I think it is particularly because I’m a person with a caravan that I notice that although the length of days has been slowly shortening since June, it is only as we hit September that you suddenly realise that it is happening in a big way. If you’re in a caravan you particularly notice when it’s no longer light outside. Yes, it’s going to be another month before the clocks go back, but all of a sudden we look out the window between seven and eight in the evening – and it’s dark! We didn’t particularly notice it when it cut back from ten to nine but somehow “early evening” darkening makes you realise autumn is really here.
There are four other features that I note which say that summer has gone. The first is the regularity with which the lawn is covered with dew in the morning and associated with that, is the lack of heat in the sun on most days to dry it out. The fact that the sun is lower in the sky means that areas of shade increase and so do not dry out, and those areas that catch the sun, still take longer to dry off. A sub-feature is that generally temperatures start dropping. Being someone who received as a birthday present an electronic thermometer that sits on a window sill in the kitchen, I am an avid temperature watcher. I also have a car that notes the outside temperature and without doubt, as soon as August is past the daily temperatures start dropping.
The third feature is the spiders. This is the time of year when spiders’ webs proliferate. It is difficult to walk about the garden without getting caught by one of these silky nets. Whether this means that spiders have to catch more food to stock up for Winter I don’t know but their webs are everywhere and sometimes their size or length makes human engineering look kids stuff.
The fourth feature is the obvious one, that any schoolchild would probably pick up and that is that the leaves start changing colour and dropping off the trees. It’s also a time for horse chestnuts and conkers.