Enjoying Autumn

This Autumn we are getting a bit poetic!

Autumn for us as a family has always been a time of change. Both the Wee Man and Bubby D were summer babies, so Autumn so far since they were born has been a time of new discoveries – first taking notice of the world around them, first steps, first words, starting preschool, starting school…

So my poem is all about that, looking back from last Autumn and Bubby D just beginning to talk (and forward to next year, when Pippin will experience his or her first Autumn):

Time moves on and so do seasons
spring to summer
Showers to sun
Then comes autumn
Heralding winter
Ground of patterned leaves
Before ice overruns

Last year in autumn
You could only say mama
Eyes wide in in wonder
Watching leaves fall
From the sky
This year, eyes are wide still
But words are also spoken
‘Look mummy, green trees;
Yellow trees
RED TREES
scrunchy leaves
I DO IT!
as you run
And skip
And jump
And cry

In wonder and delight

The leaves change just as you change
Growing bolder
Growing brighter
Moving madly in the wind
Before
They leap
And swirl around

In the spring, in the summer
Trees protect and provide nurture
In the autumn
Independence
Leaves move freely on the ground
So: Autumn
A reminder
That our lives are always changing
Things move on
A child grows up
In spring, a new child will be found

But it’s also a reminder
That no matter what the year
Spring and summer, autumn, winter;
They will always come on round

As a mother always circles
Round her ever growing children
Watching wonder after wonder
With each autumn that we see
This year we love conkers…
Picking blackberries…
Acorn carpets…
Autumn is forever changing
But it’s always loved by me.

autumn walk

And of course, Bubby D is only two but I couldn’t not let her have her say…the same thing she says at the moment on every walk, every bus trip, every car journey…

‘LOOK Mummy
Yellow trees
Trees
Trees
Lots and lots
Lots of trees
Some red trees
Purple trees?
Yes!
TREES, LOOK!’

 

As it happens, that fit’s pretty well with our favourite tip from Center Parcs Whinfell Forestโ€™s resident nature expert and Conservation Ranger, Emma Tapp:

‘Be inspired by your surroundings – Observe as the leaves change colour from green to red and let the beautiful burnt oranges get the creative juices flowing, what does it look like and remind you of?’

We certainly are enjoying being inspired ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 November challenge. If Iโ€™m chosen, I would like to visit Elveden and relive some Autumn family memories of my own childhood in the early 90’s ๐Ÿ™‚

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