It happens four times every year. On the 1st of March, June, September, and December, a newsreader or weather forecaster will announce:
‘Today is the first day of Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter (delete where not applicable)’
And, there is always someone (usually me!) who will yell at the TV:
‘No, it’s not! That doesn’t happen till the 21st!’
Which does sort of make sense, for these are the dates of the Solstices and Equinoxes. (that’s the longest and shortest days, and the days of equal day and night)
But, since when did Mother Nature take any notice of calendars? We’ve all had years when it’s snowed in April, or we’ve been cutting the lawn in late November, when the mower should have been put away a month ago.
We still make notes of these days, though. In my house, the Spring Equinox is always marked by the Switching On of the Fountain and the Getting Out of the Barbecue and Patio Furniture … even though it may well be a couple of months before they see any use.
And, several uniform organisations used to have fixed dates when they must change into summer or winter uniforms; they were ruled by the calendar, rather than the climate.
So, we’re just coming up to Autumn … although it doesn’t feel like it. The leaves haven’t started to turn yet … and, for me, it’s not going to happen until they do. Then, it will be time to break out the sweaters, the thick socks and the hot chocolate … and enjoy one of my favourite seasons of the year.
That is, until winter sets in, and that will become my favourite … for a few weeks, then I’m off to South America, where it’s suddenly summer again!
This week’s contribution to the Travel Theme. See more at https://wheresmybackpack.com/2016/09/17/travel-theme-seasonal/