Saturday, 10 September 2011

Favourite Days

Perhaps it's a little childish or pagan maybe but I have two favourite days in the year.
September 1st and December 21st.
I love December 21st as it is the solstice and from that moment, the year has turned and the winter days are getting longer.
September 1st is a special day for me. To me this is the first day of Autumn and I love Autumn so. August so often disappoints (unless you are in the hot, herb-scented Mediterranean) and now I can relax into the enjoyment of this most beautiful of seasons.
So although I'm a little late, here is a poem and a picture -

There is a quiet comfort in an Autumn day
that rests so kindly with my tired soul.
The fields and hills made gentle by the mist
take from me any thoughts but of the here and now.
The past is slowly gathered by the turning year
I feel my spirits rising with each yellow leaf.
It lacks the strong and questing beauty of an April day
yet owns a subtle harmony and grace.
When to the next life I am called to go
I hope it greats me with an Autumn face.

  ps. I'm at the Vintage and Handmade Fair at Alderholt tomorrow, I'm looking forward to it !


  1. Lovely post and lovely poem, I hope your autumn is beautiful. Diane

  2. Very nice poem and picture. Autumn is my favorite season. For me it means the end to too many days with soaring temperatures. Enjoy your fair tomorrow.

  3. I wish you every Autumn day you dream of. Here, in The North, there is only rain so far.


  4. What a lovely poem. Hope you have a great day at Alderholt. M x

  5. September is a sad time for me with memories of my father and brother, but your poem is exactly how I think of the Autumn. Luckily, here in France, Autumn doesn't really get going until October so I am looking forward to the golds and reds of the countryside still to come!

    It's a lovely poem, gentle and rhythmic. Did you write it?

  6. Dear lovely blog-friends, I apologise for answering en masse but just back from Fair and although I'm happy(it was a lovely day)I'm just soooo tired! I'm glad you like my Autumn post.Jane x
    (yes,I did write the poem...)

  7. Such a beautiful poem....x
    It was so lovely to meet you yesterday, thank you for your comment, not at all corny, I was really touched. It's so nice to put a person to a blog. Like you I was really tired when I got home, still am today, so just having a quiet one. hope to see you at a fair soon, sure I will!! take care
    Sophie xx

  8. A lovely poem indeed! :-)

    God bless and have a great week :-)


  9. Thank you both Sophie and Ron for being kind about my poem. I was a bit nrevous posting one of my own. And again Sophie, so good to meet you!
    Jane x

  10. lovely poem. I like Autumn, but not so keen on the dark days if we could have longer days in Autumn that would suit me better :)

  11. Hi Jane, love that poem, and I'm so with you about September. Many thanks for your visit, I would love to see your bunting when its finished. Glad you had a good time at the fair. I am off to the movies with my sisters to see 'Jane Eyre' this evening, I know it's one of your favourites. Love Linda x

  12. Hello Claire and Hello Linda,
    Thank you for dropping by. I agree about the dark evenings, Claire, but I do quite like lighting the fire and pulling the curtains. I hope you enjoyed 'Jane Eyre', Linda, I'm planning to go this week if I get a chance, I've heard conflicting opinions...but I do so love the book I have to go and see!
    Jane x

  13. Hello Jane
    Your poem is very moving and beautiful. I have read it twice (I think WB Yeats my post this week would also be impressed) Have you every been to Newgrange in Ireland on Dec 21 - I have not but know of some who have and from their pictures it is very moving and spiritual and how the light enters the cave fully on that one day.
    Wishing you a successful and fun time at the fair
    Helen xx

  14. Hello Jane
    Thank you for your lovely comments on my post.
    Sorry, I don't know how I missed this post... the poem is lovely. I also enjoy Autumn arriving. I always spend a few days in the Lake District at this time of year. Looking at the leaves changing, and taking walks in the crisp air, is for me, better than getting too hot on a beach in August :) Abby xx

  15. Hello Helen,
    I'm so glad you like my poem. Showing your own poetry to the world seems much more daunting than just writing. Perhaps it is the same for artists and their pictures? I have never been to Ireland (one day I will...)I would love to go to Newgrange, I've not heard of the cave, I must look it up. Have a happy week- Jane x

  16. Hello Abby, I love your post as always. Autumn is creeping forward here in Wiltshire and the colours are beginning to flame. May we have some sharp frosty nights and sunny days to make it perfect! I'm a little envious at the thought of being in the Lake District now.... Jane x

  17. Hello Jane, I thought you might be interested in a fair that is being held in Leigh near Sherborne on the 22 october, it is Retro vintage and handmade. I will be there, should be piking up the flyers for it today and will post on my blog. If you might be interested I can give you the phone number of the lady who is organizing it. Let me know....
    P.s cannot take credit for the buttons on the cards!!, got the idea from vintage jane, blogging is great isn't it xx

  18. Hi Jane, thankyou for your lovely comments on my last post. I think it must be the time of year, as a lot of us are feeling the same way. Enjoy your weekend, love Linda x

  19. Jane, I did not know you also write poems. This one is so soothing, it makes me feel as if I am strolling by myself along a Victorian road in the midst of old English countryside, the sun peeping in through the chinks in the trees... Lovely poem, keep it up.

  20. Hello Ravindra,
    How brilliant to read your comment this morning. I'm so glad you've found your way to my blog! I'm glad you like my poem,I did feel a bit shy about posting something that matters so to me. Jane x