September marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Towards the end of the month the leaves of the deciduous trees will begin to change, cloaking nature in rich hues of golds, reds, russets and browns. Children go back to school, in our case lessons begin once again, and life returns to a humdrum of normality after the summer holidays.
All around us, nature has something to say about this month and if you do a bit of research you will find loads of interesting historical happenings in September. Keeping the season and our faith in mind, I usually go looking for some appropriate way to celebrate those important happenings in our lives. Small ways to mark the month and create memories for my family.
Here are our families plans to celebrate September.
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run.
~ John Keats
A Traditional Rhyme: Married in September’s golden glow, smooth and serene your life will go.
Full Harvest Moon ~ 19th
(I will use this list to plan some fun activities to mark these days – baking or crafting)
Holy Rood Day a.k.a Holy Cross Day ~ 14th
St. Matthews Day ~ 21st
Michaelmas ~ 29th
Autumnal Equinox ~ 22nd
More visitors at the bird feeders
Ripening sunflower heads
Shortening days very noticeable
Autumn haze evident
Smell of woodsmoke in the air
Leaves beginning to yellow
Home and Garden
*Sort out clothing cupboards – donate clothes that no longer fit (done!)
*Make a list of winter clothing needs (done!)
*Start adding autumn decorating touches to our home
*Bring out blankets ~ try to delay switch on time of the C/H
*Check C/H system
*Deep clean kitchen cupboards and begin stocking pantry
*Plan cooking days to stock up freezer and preserve garden and foraged harvest
*Plant winter veg
*Clear out summer annuals
*Plant spring bulbs
*Make sure garden furniture & BBQ is protected from coming winter weather
Arts & Crafts
Bake a ‘Foragers’ Cake for Holy Rood/Cross Day
Make someCrock pot Spicy Apple Butter
Collect Pinecones for garland
Make a Twig Votive for our nature table
Bake Apple Bundt Cake
So there we go, this is my inspiration ‘board’ for September. I will be updating the ‘Book Basket’ on my sidebar over the next few days with books that will be in our September basket, so be sure to check out some of these great books.
Well time is slipping away from me and there are many things that are calling for my attention, so I will love and leave you for today :o)