October is really the centre of autumn, so it’s hardly surprising that a lot of what I like about October is the autumn leaves. I love the graceful way they depart their branches and dance and swirl their way to the ground, just waiting to be stepped on and give that satisfying crunch underfoot. And there are such beautiful colours; the reds and browns, all with a golden glow, and punctured every now and again by bursts of colour from the last late summer flowers. I’ve always loved my sisters’ birthday, even when I was young and you might think I’d be jealous that all the attention was on them, I still enjoyed being able to give them a special day, because they both deserve it. This year they turned 21 and came home to celebrate. It was a very rushed weekend, but so nice to have the family all together. This year has been the third time I’ve gone on a school/college abroad in October, and they’ve all been amazing experiences This year it was to Berlin, and though it was strange going away without all the instruments – previously I’ve gone on music department trips – I was still with one of my best friends and, like in Salzburg four years ago (four years, wow), I met some new, really great people. And then of course there’s October half term, this is my last one of those. I’m really going to miss this week off. Despite all the work I’ve got to do in it this year, it’s still always a welcome break from the busyness of settling back into life at school or college. I love the blinding sun shining low in the sky, which this year, now I’m learning to drive, is causing me real problems, and I love the clocks changing back to leave us with darkening evenings, perfect for getting cosy in front of the TV. Finally I love the palpable excitement of kids going trick or treating for Hallowe’en, and I’m hoping that this year someone actually knocks on our door.
My song for October I couldn’t find on YouTube to link to it, but it’s called ‘She Dreams’ by Colcannon. It does contain the word ‘autumn’, but it’s not just that, there’s something else about it which just feels to me like it’s the colours of autumn. I also remember singing it to myself in the playground at primary school, and if my memory serves me correctly, that was the moment when I decided I loved autumn. So if you can find the song anywhere, I’d say it is definitely worth a listen.
Have a happy Friday and Happy Hallowe’en everyone 🙂