The seasons have certainly changed, bringing with it new sounds, scents, feelings and rituals. As Jane Austen put it, the season is one of “peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness”.
Autumn is perfectly described in a letter written by Mary Ann Evans (better known as her penname, George Eliot), an English poet, novelist, and journalist of the Victorian era, to her friend and governess, Mary Lewis:
“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
What do you love most about this season? For me it’s a chance to blitz the house – and my wardrobe. Do your clothes spark joy? Fashionista Julia urges us to Mari Kondo the bejesus out of our closets as we bid a fond farewell to summer (p. 80).
As we transition into a slower-paced quarter, the desire for hot drinks under snuggly blankets whilst having a TV marathon grows strong. Luckily, Evelyn has prepared a roundup of the binge-worthy Netflix series to get us started (p. 72).
And of course, ‘tis the month of tricks and treats, witches and creeps. But where did the idea of the ‘witch’ originate? Gianna retells the history of the supernatural beliefs held around women’s roles in the 1600s (p. 32). And lastly, dust off your (witches) hat and head down to the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park during midterm week to join the ‘Zombie’ Zoo Keepers and volunteers to learn some ghoulish animal facts (p. 35).
Have a spooktacular Hallowe’en!