Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonize. 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.
[Letter to Miss Eliot, Oct. 1, 1841]
~ George Eliot
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For me it’s been a tough year to find time for my allotment but on the other hand I’ve been growing loads of greens and herbs at home. Whether you’re a busy person or short of space, growing edibles in containers is an efficient way to garden. Place your pots on a balcony or the patio outside your kitchen door and you can have a steady and convenient supply of salad leaves throughout the summer and autumn. Bring them into a greenhouse or conservatory and you can continue the harvest throughout the cooler months.
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus
As the seasons begin to change, and we move from summer to fall, spend the time this Holiday Monday to reflect on the year so far. What progress have you made this year toward the goals and intentions you set at the beginning of the year? Reflect on your thoughts- have you been gentle with yourself, or punished yourself for things still unaccomplished? Have unexpected surprises come and pulled you off course? Are there lessons to be learned from from those experiences?
Take a few minutes to reflect and be quiet now. Sit quietly and listen to your inner wisdom. See what thoughts enter your mind about what you truly want the remainder of this year to become. Write it down so that you can infuse your consciousness with these intentions.