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, email@example.com You can follow us on Twitter@BerkshireLife