Have you been trying to rebel against the seasonal changes and prolong summer? One last weekend at the beach, al fresco dining, long trips, afternoons at the pool. Unfortunately, though, it’s time to officially say goodbye to warm weather and greet the new season with a big smile. Today is the last day of the equinox: Welcome Autumn 2016.
You know that the official end of summer falls in late September – and not just because the weather forecast is no longer as delightful as it was a month ago – but you’re not sure about the exact date. Didn’t it fall on grandmother Mary’s birthday or something? Or maybe it was the day after? 21st, 22nd, 23rd? Dunno.
Don’t you worry, you’re not suffering from memory loss. The autumnal equinox is actually not on the same day every year, but varies based on terrestrial and atmospheric parameters, an idea that’s complicated to bot understand and explain. It’s not even on the same day in all countries; Italy’s autumn may arrive before England’s. What to do?
Don’t use birthdays as your reference point; just remember that autumn arrives every year between September 22nd and 25th, and cannot be dodged. Not satisfied? Want to know the exact date? If you are willing, you can attempt to calculate yourself the day when Earth’s axis and sun meet, obviously taking into account the terrestrial refraction phenomenon. If not, do as we do: search on Google. It’s never wrong.
Sitting on your kitchen shelf are three jars of sand you’ve taken from Madagascar and a box of glass you’ve collected in Liguria. The flip-flops are piled up in the bedroom and swimsuits are popping out of the drawers. It’s time to put everything away. Doesn’t the house look a little empty now?
Next weekend, make an outing in search of pine cones, berries and pumpkins (October is their month!) And pull all the candles out of the living room drawers. Take out that rug you bought in April from the laundry room and set it back beside the bed. It’ll be a godsend when you put your feet down, eyes still closed, after your 7:30 AM alarm goes off.
Are you lucky enough to have a fireplace? Get ready for those evenings when you come home, cold and in a foul mood because a car splashed you as you were waiting for the bus. Now you just want to be dry, lie down on the couch with a blanket, hot chocolate and the warmth of your fire. Not so lucky? Go out and get an eco fireplace.
In any case, don’t despair; autumn is not synonymous with seclusion. Dinners with friends are still part of the picture, maybe even while sitting comfortably in the kitchen, sipping red wine while it’s getting dark outside, organizing holidays for the upcoming year.
Autumn teaches us the importance of staying positive. With the summer behind us, we’ve had our fill of heat and sun, and now the idea of an evening under a warm blanket, reading a book while it’s raining outside, is not so bad. Maybe.
But the autumn colours are gorgeous and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. The red and orange leaves falling, brown chestnuts and… the grey wet sidewalk. Is there a better backdrop for a romantic walk and some beautiful photos? The “likes” will be through the roof.
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