27 Oct 2011

WHAT AUTUMN MEANS TO ME

Jenny Matlock
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Jenny asked us to show "anything autumn". I am jalous of people who live in countries without autumn ! I would be happy with spring, summer and winter. 3 seasons are enough.




In autumn it's usually humid or rainy, and everything looks sad. The trees and bushes lost their green dress and the yellow or brown leaves are laying on the street or sidewalks which looks dirty and you risk to slip and break your neck ! In the woods it's not better.



The flowers are fading and the once blooming gardens look dull. On top of that we have two official holidays celebrating sad events, but which of course are interesting for working people because they have a day off. If it falls on a Saturday or Sunday the Monday is off which makes a long weekend.

On November 1st it's "All Saint's day" where all people use to go to the cemetary, once a year. They clean and flower the graves. If it's not possible to go, because of laziness or health reasons, there is a special service who cleans the graves and puts flowers on it. Of course you have to pay for that, but meanwhile you can spend your long weekend at the sea or in the Ardennes or in your cosy home. Cemetaries look rather grey and dull the whole year long except just before or after "All Saint's day", wjere it looks colorful.

The other holiday is "November 11". Only a few people know for what reason they don't have to work, it was the end of the First World War ! There are maybe one veteran left (he still was there last year) so veterans from WW II are there when the King puts a crown at the war memorial.

So honnestly autumn is not really a season I enjoy !

18 comments:

Riet said...

I am not an autumn person either.I hate the shorter days and it getting colder. I do like the fall colors tho.They are beautiful.

diane b said...

Autumn is a relief to us as the hot summer temperatures get more bearable in Autumn. It isn't much different to spring except for the flowers are not as new.

Lea said...

I like Autumn because of the relief from the intense heat of summer, but I can certainly see your viewpoint - a lot of rain is depressing. However, it seems that time is moving so very fast Autumn will be gone and Winter will be here very soon.

Have a blessed day!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We look forward to the temperature dropping here in the fall.

Maribeth said...

When I lived in Florida, I got depressed in October because we had no good apples and no good color of leaves either. No, I guess I am happier with the 4 seasons, even if I have to work with the darker, rainier days.

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

I probably wouldn't enjoy it either if it involved rain, but here it is colourful and sunny, although some days a bit too windy for my liking. Hope your winter comes soon.
Dana

Francisca said...

Well, the seasons do play out differently in different corners of the world. I have no autumn where I live, as you know, but the fall colors I experienced in northern Europe (lived 10 years in Finland), in Canada, and then in Japan, sure made my heart sing! In the lowlands, I agree, it's often more about gray and wet, and that's another story entirely, but I've seen some lovely photos from there too. :-)

Karen S. said...

The only part I truly dread about autumn coming is that winter is pushing to be next.....and I've heard we're in for another brute of a winter again this year...here in Minnesota! I really like your photos and especially the rain drops! very nice!

Sue said...

Isn't it odd? Your autumn is humid, while ours is crisp and clear. It's really my favorite season, and our winters are mild, so I don't have to dread that, either.

Weather sure is different all over the world.

=)

Loree said...

I've learnt to enjoy every season. This year we are not having much of an autumn - blue skies every day.I think you will like that.

A Lady's Life said...

Cemeteries here are fun to visit.
Not only is there a lot of history but today they put the persons face on the stone so you can see who is under there.
I think it makes it so much more personal and then you wonder what this persons life was like.
The only thing I don;t like is that people spend to bring flowers and the cemetery people take them away and probably resell them.That's sorta like grave robbing except it's not.
lol

anitamombanita said...

oh sad. :( I love autumn, but then ours are dry, colorful and the last bit of reasonable temperatures for months to come.

storybeader said...

at least the trees are pretty, with different colors. Our autumn quickly changes, from very hot weather, to cold/cold! I'm looking at your weather report on the sidebar - at least it's clear! {:-Deb

Judie said...

I don't believe in going to cemetaries and putting flowers on graves. I think it is a waste of time.

I'm glad for some cooler days and nights for a change. It gets awfully hot here in Tucson!

H said...

Over here, we remember Armistice Day, but we don't get a day off work. The memorial services usually happen on the Sunday closest to 11th, but most places observe a 2 minute silence at 11am on 11.11. This year, it will be 11am on 11.11.11 :)

Of course, we also have Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes night) on 5th November, so there will be many fireworks. Our Hindu community have just also celebrated Diwali, so fireworks and lights again :)

Teresa said...

This really is one of my favorite seasons~it's cooler; we have Halloween; it's a time of transition into the slower pace of winter when we can pause and reflect on the year past and the coming year.

Teresa said...

This really is one of my favorite seasons~it's cooler; we have Halloween; it's a time of transition into the slower pace of winter when we can pause and reflect on the year past and the coming year.

Jenny said...

I was absolutely intriqued to read about the services available on All Saints Day!

These glimpses into other lifestyles always fascinate me!

Thanks for a neat link for Fall Break!