Ed­i­tor’s com­ment

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Do you have a favourite month of the year? For some the cal­en­dar is eas­ily marked by an event such as a tra­di­tional fam­ily get-to­gether from far and wide or an an­nu­ally-re­peated book­ing to com­bine an in­vig­o­rat­ing trip away with oth­ers shar­ing a hobby or in­ter­est.

For me it’s al­ways been Septem­ber when we feel the tick-tick-tick of the sea­sonal clock chang­ing with­out hav­ing to con­cen­trate too much on the ap­proach of Christ­mas. There are the still many warm days and clear skies, but a fresh­ness in the air. We can even ‘steal’ the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day on the 27th of that month to mark the week when we all go through ‘The Change’!

For par­ents and grand­par­ents it marks the end of the schools hol­i­day jug­gling act and (hope­fully!) it will be a while be­fore we mut­ter about the school run queues or pick­ing up your own and other fam­i­lies’ Mini-Mes from af­ter-lessons ac­tiv­i­ties in ter­ri­ble weather.

As one mother said to me while plan­ning the ‘new school shoes’ out­ing: “It’s like child­birth, you for­get the pain and only re­mem­ber when it all hap­pens again!”

And as our gar­den­ing ex­pert Naomi Slade writes, this is a time for re­flec­tion and plan­ning ahead, and there can’t be a bet­ter place to do so than across our county with its beau­ti­ful scenery which comes into its own as wood­lands turn colour, pub lunch menus of­fer new treats and so many cul­tural events draw our at­ten­tion.

Septem­ber... we say breathe, re­lax, per­haps plan a grown-ups’ af­ter­noon tea treat (see page 68) and im­merse your­self in a won­der­ful month, helped by this is­sue packed with ideas to make the most of it.

‘This is a time for re­flec­tion and plan­ning ahead, and there can’t

be a bet­ter place to do so’

Wel­come to the start of a fruit­ful sea­son

JAN RAYCROFT, Ed­i­tor, Berk­shire Life07834 104843, jan­ice.raycroft@archant.co.uk You can fol­low us on Twit­ter@Berk­shireLife

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