From equinox to solstice: Autumn


Our surroundings are getting covered in golden rusts, explosions of autumnal glow. The autumn foliage of our potted acer trees on our terrace, are a constant reminder too, the time of “reaping” has arrived. Golden, crispy leaves, chilly days, the sun bursting through the mist… it is quite clear that gone are the long summer days, and coming are the dark nights of winter. Now is the seasonal signpost in Earth’s orbit around the sun, the Earth is bathed evenly in sunlight only twice a year, on the equinoxes. Ethnic people celebrate this golden season by eating moon cakes and gazing at the moon.

Our fields are blessed with the most magnificent last flowers of the season, and discovering them brings us utmost joy. What better way for the hot summer season to say farewell, than to cover our surroundings, for the last time, in carpets of glorious flower circles.


Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.
Lauren DeStefano, Wither


Why not do what the ancient people did, they spend more time outdoors then we ever do, using the sky as both a clock and a calendar. We should take every opportunity, in this case, the changing of the season, to celebrate and have a party in an autumn-cozy way? I love the idea of a late autumn garden party with moon cakes. These traditionally Chinese pastries, made of wheat flour and sweet stuffing, such as sugar and lotus seed powder, taste delicious. What better way to symbolize family reunion, by cutting the cake into pieces that equal to the number of people in your family, surrounded by mid-autumn lanterns. Kids will love the preparation of making colorful lanterns and although we might not all have a river nearby to let them float, hanging them in the garden, will do just as well.

“Dancing in the moon” is traditionally done by the A’xi people, girls dress and dance in veils, while the boys play music.

Those of you who adore horse riding, why not do as the Mongolians and “chase“ the moon. Just mount your horse and gallop under the moonlight towards the west, till the moon finally sets.

It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.
Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

Or maybe for you this season represents a time of silence, a time to step back and calm down, waiting for winter, looming around the corner, to arrive? I just love to put on my woolly socks, snuggle up in front of the fireplace and make time for a good book and a hot drink. Indoors can be as much fun as outdoors! I am so looking forward to lazy days, just being laid-back and relaxing.


Here, France becomes a dreamland for mushroom pickers, with its wild edible mushrooms, such as yellow chanterelles and brown porcini. Cooking suddenly becomes flavour-packed with butternut, pumpkin, wild mushrooms, almonds, hazelnuts, chestnuts, apples and blackberries.


Although it’s not always the case, in Latin, the word “equinox” means “equal night” – “equi” meaning “equal” and “nox” meaning “night.” This signifies the equal parts of daylight and darkness. Seen the chillier temperatures, it is also the time to swop our summer clothes (and flip flops) to our darker coloured winter ones, cashmere scarves and those favourite boots for walking.


And yes, I know some of you are already thinking about carving pumpkins, Halloween shopping and more are indeed, checking the Santa countdown site weekly…

The mild days of fall make it the most pleasant time of the year, so enjoy their dazzling display, this free canvas of colour surrounding us. It’s here, right now, don’t miss it! Do notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets, the creatures of the wild putting on their winter coats and in the night sky, the Autumn Star making its way across the heavens each night…

Hello “sweater weather”







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