. . . gathering.
After the summer, there’s a feeling of coming back to together, returning to work or to school, and to the familiar rhythm of daily life and routine.
Outside, the work of harvesting the grain is underway and will soon be over; the crops safely gathered in for another year.
Harvest festivals and village shows boast an array of produce, and there will be more to follow. Along the wayside, hips, haws, berries, and nuts are ripening and that deep-rooted urge to pick and preserve, and to lay down stores, kicks in.
That old back to school feeling remains deeply ingrained too, so it’s a time for gathering thoughts, and for making new plans. Time to look forward to a new set of challenges ahead.