I cannot believe that we’re already in mid-October. It only seems like yesterday that I was writing about Summer Idioms.
I must be getting old as time seems to be flying quicker and quicker these days!
Anyway, October is a lovely month as it welcomes the autumn (Fall in American English) season. I recently asked my Facebook fans what words came to their mind when they thought of the month of October. These were some of the words: romance, falling leaves, golden trees, hot chocolate, knitting.
For me, the month of October is when I start looking at my garden and preparing it for the winter. Some trees need pruning, the falling leaves need raking and the spring bulbs are planted.
This is also the time when the squirrels run around my garden looking for good places to store their nuts for the winter.
Autumn is a spectacularly colourful time of year when the leaves on the trees turn into the warmest colours of orange, red, yellow and gold.
Autumn is the apple season when a most wonderful variety of apples are available such as Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Pink Lady, Jazz, Egremont Russet, Cox, Bramley (especially good for cooking) and Braeburn to name the most popular varieties.
With the apple season comes a typical British dessert called Apple Crumble that can be served warm or cold and is eaten with custard. It’s wonderful to eat it on those chilly autumn nights.
I start thinking of making warming dishes like casseroles with beef, lamb and/or sausages. It’s also the time when I prepare wholesome soups with lentils and vegetables.
However, let’s not forget Halloween! What started as an American tradition has really taken off around the world. The shops are full of Halloween children’s costumes and goodies. On Halloween, we are always visited by the children in our area who are out trick or treating.
My husband and I always have a big box of sweets and chocolates to distribute to them when they ring our door. Their costumes are nothing, though, compared to what my American nephews wear on Halloween. They look completely the part with beautifully carved pumpkins in their garden.
(Watch out for a future post when I will talk more about the language around Halloween.)
For those of you who have four seasons in a year, what does autumn mean for you? What words or expressions would you associate with it?
In my next post, I’ll share with you some idioms linked to autumn. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed reading this piece. If you did please share it.
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