edging towards autumn

“I love borders. August is the border between summer and autumn; it is the most beautiful month I know… The border is to be on the way. It is the way that is the most important thing.” – Tove Jansson

Year after year I revisit Tove Jansson’s words at the end of the summer, as I mourn its passing. For me, the seasonal borderland falls over the last weeks of August but also the first – often glorious – weeks of September. These are the days in which we bid farewell to summer and begin to edge towards autumn.

Every season has a story. Autumn’s begins with a farewell to summer, a transition that feels for many of us like a wrench. We have said goodbye to summer every year of our lives but this repetition makes the change more poignant. We feel the loss, not just of the summer gone by, but of every summer before that. Looking for the beauty in these border days is a way to ease ourselves through the seasonal change with joyful anticipation rather than reluctance.

Autumn appears slowly – a swirl of fallen leaves here, a handful of blackberries there – and it arrives with glorious gifts. There is the magical autumnal light- the sun low and golden at either end of the day. I delight in its sparkle when I step out to walk my children to school. On other mornings there is mist – my favourite kind of weather –softening the edges of everything and making the mundane otherworldly. The colours are starting to change: the landscape takes on what Ali Smith refers to as ‘the deep, done green of the beginning of autumn’ and one by one, leaves begin to turn.

These are transient, liminal days: the border between the seasons. We are walking together slowly, step by step, on the way to autumn: and the way, as Tove Jansson tells us, is the most important thing.

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