Early Autumn

Wondered who’d be first to welcome in the autumn.  As it turned out, it was Júlíana Björnsdóttir, of Iceland Review:

The autumn has announced its arrival with the cold evening breeze, and cool showers have now replaced the warm days we grew to love so much this summer.

The autumn in Iceland is always a romantic time of year. The dark of night brings promises of quiet evening walks. The hopelessly romantic give each other a warm embrace as the rain showers the plants before they start to shed their leaves and the grass turns yellow once more.

Autumn truly is a magical time of year.

It’s not quite autumn leaf time but rather the merest suggestion in the background of the changing colours; there’s an edge to the wind I felt yesterday when outside.   For supper, it was going to be cold tuna salad but in the end it was Fray Bentos pie in the oven, with veg.

Having lived overseas for so much of my life, the most pervading memory is that it’s the time the tourists turn and head for home, leaving me behind with the natives.  In Russia, where the summers can be hot, one always met people from here and had a chat over a drink or two.  Once they all departed though, I’d turn to my gf and know I was now alone, if not alone, if you know what I mean.   And as if on cue, the warm weather would turn, to make a brief reappearance later, in the “Indian summer”, only to then depart for months on end.


It’s an amazing feeling, that, a little anxious too, watching people get in the supplies for the winter, organize the clothes and begin to withdraw to their own homes.   It’s also a beautiful time in a way no other season is and to stay with the local people through their difficult season always draws you closer to them and their customs become yours.

I agree with Júlíana Björnsdóttir, it’s a romantic time – quieter, a bit sad, a bit reflective, one turns up one’s collar to the wind.   It’s my time.  Here is a recipe which is not exactly a recipe, called Early Autumn Fruit Salad:

This recipe is halfway between an end-of-summer and an early autumn fruit salad because there are fruits of both seasons:

1/2 pomegranate
1 mango
2 white peaches
5 damson plums
3 figs
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsps sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger root powder

6 Responses to “Early Autumn”

  1. A K Haart August 28, 2012 at 06:57 Permalink

    It is a magical time of year. I got up this morning to a clear blue sky, mist on the windows and that unmistakable hint of autumn in the air.

    Summer has maybe one last fling in store, but it’s time to check the wood store.

  2. dearieme August 28, 2012 at 09:15 Permalink

    There are few damsons on our tree this year; we lost all our cherries. One of the apple trees has died. Still, the tatties look good and a sunny September might give us some sweetcorn and tomatoes.

  3. James Higham August 28, 2012 at 09:24 Permalink

    Ah yes – just you chaps writing that puts a person in a good mood.

  4. dearieme August 28, 2012 at 17:01 Permalink

    We’d go back to school in August and then at some time in September you’d find the earth was releasing a lovely, rich smell when you scrummaged. I suspect that it corresponded roughly to the swap from net evaporation to net enwettening, but whatever it corresponded to it was a lovely smell.

    We collected rosehips at the weekend and took them to school on Monday: they were weighed and you got so much cash per lb collected. If you did well enough over that season, you were awarded a collector’s badge. Moreover, you had always opened a few of the hips, to chew their flesh for pleasure, and to pocket the seeds for use as “itching powder” at school.

    The raspberries in the hedgerows had finished but there were plenty of brambles to pick. Aye, early autumn was a delight.

  5. JD August 28, 2012 at 18:58 Permalink

    autumn?
    I’m still waiting for the summer to start :(

  6. CherryPie August 28, 2012 at 22:09 Permalink

    I to am wondering where summer was… I have been missing those gardens that I so love to visit!!

    Even my commemorative rose flowered a month late. And only then after plying a lot of TLC to it *sighs*

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