Flying to flaming October
And so it goes, and so it goes … As September flies to flaming October, what changes? Not a lot is the honest answer.
The sea is no rougher, or calmer. Sometimes slightly cooler, sometimes a little warmer.
And so it goes, and so it goes …
When it is windy, the daisies are tickling the keyboard of autumn and practicing a lament. The leaves pirouette to the music, dressed in their wine-stained summer dresses. In the cool evenings, the elusive scent of the flowers of Elaeagnus pungens flows like the secret joy of a carnation buttonhole at the wedding of summer and autumn. The purple flowers of Hebes (“Autumn Glory”) live up to their name, proud and joyful, nodding on the salt sea breezes.
The straggling brambles of summer are hanging from the trees, with a final tease of a late blackberry just out of reach. They will soon be cut back from the path to allotment, where the spades are marching to turn the soil. All of the runner beans, tomatoes, and apples have been eaten. Autumn is the time to stand in the late sunshine and look back at the harvest of summer dinners eaten outdoors in a gaggle of family gossip.
Lifting the leaves
There are a few autumn sunsets lifting the leaves and burnishing the polish of the conker boys.
We had a brief sojourn to Tenby, on a day of clouds but no crowds. It had the somnolence of a late butterfly sitting on its shadow, elegant and timeless.
Dive under and sleep away
Everywhere the blossoms are unsure if they will be made redundant at the whim of the winter winds. They are dozing on their blossom-coloured duvets, ready at short notice to dive under and sleep away until next spring. In the meantime, they simply dream of March blooms and more colourful companions.
The next two weeks of late October may herald a change, or then again, it may not. The heady days of a lowing autumn, after high summer, might run on, and on, and on. The clock of the seasons is ticking steadily onwards.
And so it goes, and so it goes …
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His poetry can be seen here: http://baitthelines.blogspot.co.uk/
His photography can be seen here: http://jimyoung14.blogspot.co.uk/
Jim has also written a biography of his childhood in the Lower Swansea Valley: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Growing-Lower-Swansea-Valley-Memoirs/dp/1530977746
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