Sunday, 10 September 2017

Astronomical Autumn

I intend to have an astronomical autumn this year.

The shops are full of autumn clothing, and my Instagram feed is gradually showing a changing colour palette.  We've come back from a week in Spain to find it much cooler, and for nearly all of the leaves to have fallen from one of our cherry trees.

But, there are still signs of summer around!  Certain scents and flowers linger on, and we've had some lovely warm sunny spells (in between the downpours, admittedly).  You see, while most of us think that 1st September is the 'official' start of autumn, that's not quite true.

Meteorological Autumn follows the calendar, and runs from 1st September to 30th November every year.  Astronomical Autumn falls on different dates each year.  In 2017, it will be from 22nd September until 21st December.  This is when the Northern hemisphere starts to tilt away from the sun, bringing cooler temperatures.

I don't blame the shops for using meteorological autumn, but I'm going to try and hold on to summer a little longer if I can - we've got just under two weeks of summer left!  I've been roaming the hillsides quite a bit since returning from holiday, enjoying what nature has to offer at this time of year.  So, please enjoy some photos and bear with me as I catch up on my social media and blog.  I'm back to work tomorrow after a whopping two and a half weeks off, so it will be a busy week.

astronomical autumn @porcelinasworld



astronomical autumn @porcelinasworld

astronomical autumn @porcelinasworld

astronomical autumn @porcelinasworld

astronomical autumn @porcelinasworld

astronomical autumn @porcelinasworld

astronomical autumn @porcelinasworld

astronomical autumn @porcelinasworld

astronomical autumn @porcelinasworld

So, are you meteorological or astronomical in your approach to autumn this year?  (or Spring - if you're Southern hemisphere!)

13 comments:

  1. How lucky are you to have all that gorgeousness on your doorstep??

    In all honesty I wear the same stuff all year round anyway, just add or subtract cardigans & boots but I would like to have a few more decent weeks before winter arrives, it's so miserable right now.

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  2. I'm in full agreement! Why not hold onto and enjoy summer while it's still here?
    You live in such a lovely part of the world, these photos are gorgeous! And I hope you ate some of those blackberries, they look delicious.

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  3. I have an in between period between summer and autumn where I'm all out of sorts and can't quite figure my wardrobe out. I'm the same between spring and summer. I usually get into the full swing of summer just as the weather starts getting colder. It takes me a while for my body and mind to adjust to the difference in temperature and weather conditions. It drives me mad!! So, I guess the short answer is I don't have a flippin' clue! xx

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  4. Beautiful photos - and I'm in agreement about summer, although by the time I get back from my break it really will be autumn! Hope you had a lovely time in Spain and the shock of returning to work isn't too bad xx

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  5. Much as I love Autumn, I'd like Summer just to last that little bit longer, so I'm definitely in favour of Astronomical Autumn. Besides, I'm celebrating my birthday on September 12, and this way I can say I was born in Summer! Still, it cannot be denied that Autumn is slowly but surely on its way ... xxx

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  6. What a glorious selection of photos, you do live in a beautiful part of the UK!
    I'm hanging on to summer for grim death - I loathe Autumn and Winter! xxx

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  7. I'm just trying to avoid autumn altogether, I hate all the cold and wet! I hope you had a super time in Spain, I hadn't realised you'd already been.

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  8. What gorgeous photos. Enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
    Marilyn

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  9. I agree. I'm also holding onto summer as long as possible. Lovely photos!

    Hope your trip was wonderful. Returning to work after a vacation is always overwhelming.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  10. I always wondered about the differing comments on when the seasons change! My mum sticks by Astronomical, it seems, but I'm a fan of one that is easy to remember. It is clearly both Winter and Spring here this week: 24 degrees today, 8 tomorrow with a chance of snow!

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  11. You probably already know that I don't follow the calendar :P I'm definitely guilty of piping on about autumn way before its time but it has just been so cold where I am that I just decided to go with it and call it autumn even though it's technically only been late summer oops! I can't decide whether spring or autumn is the prettiest...I'm such a big fan of the changing leaves.

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  12. First, these photos are gorgeous! Do you know what the flower is in the last photo? I would love to plant some of those!

    As for my feelings on fall and astronomical vs meteorological...well, it's certainly changed over the years. I think I started to pay attention to the difference in middle school, when I discovered Wicca culture, and was a full on astronomical person with seasons. When I began to wane from Wiccan culture, I began to look at summer ending around Labor Day (US observance), which is the first Monday of September, so more of a meteorological look. But then when I got into college, which started closer to the astronomical time, I went back to that. However, I now look at the seasons with more of a meteorological look, mostly because of winter. It's hard to get into the Christmas spirit, which is so wintery, when the majority of December is still in the astronomical fall. And with living in southern California, where season change is almost nonexistent, it's nice to create my own with my wardrobe's color palette.

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  13. I actually love Autumn, but I always wait to change my wardrobe from summer to fall (aka. adding tights) until the last possible moment, when it's too cold not to! :)
    These are lovely photos of your part of the world- the misty hills are stunning!

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