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Which season are we in?

October 11, 2012

This morning I heard some fool on the radio say, ‘The winter has really set in now’. What? Winter? On October 11th? No, no, we’re in autumn, and right in the middle of it: the trees still have most of their leaves, it stays light till around 7.00 (here in the south of England, anyway), and the temperatures are in the teens. The weather is cool, damp, a little windy – you really couldn’t get more typically autumnal weather. Yet autumn seems to be the forgotten season. Poets appreciate it, of course, but in ordinary speech people are inclined to omit it and jump straight from summer to winter. I don’t see why. It’s every bit as distinctive, characterful and atmospheric as the other seasons. And no shorter than them either. Each season is three months long. Winter is December, January, February. Spring is March, April, May. Summer is June, July, August. And autumn is September, October, November. And you may quote me on that. 

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