Au­tumn has the loveli­est smile

Country Life Every Week - - Contents -

Au­tumn is a sec­ond spring when ev­ery leaf is a flower,’ said the philosopher Al­bert Ca­mus. ‘Au­tumn, the year’s last, loveli­est smile,’ of­fered New York Post ed­i­tor Wil­liam Cullen Bryant, while P. G. Wode­house wrote of a ‘brac­ing tang in the air that sends the blood beetling briskly through the veins’.

Although Donne (‘no spring nor sum­mer beauty hath such grace/as I have seen in one au­tum­nal face’) and Keats (‘mel­low fruit­ful­ness’) fa­mously wel­comed the sea­son, with its hues of gold and al­le­gories of plen­teous­ness (‘What we lose in flow­ers, we more than gain in fruits’: Sa­muel But­ler), as do coun­try-sports peo­ple, other po­ets found the dy­ing of the light, and the fore­telling of death and hi­ber­na­tion, melan­choly.

Here, on the feast day of St Fran­cis of As­sisi, pa­tron saint of an­i­mals and the en­vi­ron­ment, we find 28 rea­sons to be cheer­ful at the start of Oc­to­ber.

1 Honk­ing pink-footed geese ar­rive in ‘Red Ar­rows’ for­ma­tion from Siberia 2 Black­berry-and-ap­ple crum­ble 3 Light­ing the fire 4 End of the party con­fer­ence sea­son 5 Red, yel­low and orange leaves trans­form even the dullest land­scape 6 Chest­nuts 7 Pump­kin soup 8 Roar­ing stags 9 Wool Week (Oc­to­ber 7–22), cel­e­brat­ing the most en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly fibre 10 mush­room­ing 11 Field­fares, bram­blings and Jack snipe 12 the World Conker Cham­pi­onships (Oc­to­ber 8 at South­wick, northamp­ton­shire)

13 Star­ling mur­mu­ra­tions 14 the Six­teen’s Cho­ral Pil­grim­age 15 Chel­tenham Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val (Oc­to­ber 6–15)

16 Hunt­ing, na­tional Hunt rac­ing, rugby— all the proper stuff 17 tak­ing the dog beat­ing or pick­ing up 18 Shoot­ers prop­ping up vil­lage pubs 19 Pheas­ant casse­role 20 Booker Prize ar­gu­ments 21 the 1925 The Phantom of the Opera silent hor­ror film at the Coliseum (Oc­to­ber 8) 22 Hav­ing the beach to your­self 23 Cob­webs across dewy, ap­ple or­chards 24 Com­fort­ing films about Queen Vic­to­ria, A. A. milne and Van Gogh 25 Lus­cious, blue-pur­ple sloes 26 the Hunter’s moon (to­mor­row night, Oc­to­ber 5) 27 mak­ing cider 28 Putting the lawn mower away

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.