It's Labour Day Weekend. Happy New Year!
Many people ring in the new year on January 1, while some people consider their birthdays as the start of a new beginning. For me, the new year arrives in September.
The smell of newly sharpened pencils, sweater weather, the wafting of smoke from wood burning stoves, the change of season, getting back to my wearing my cornucopia of kick-ass boots, and of course, new beginnings with back to school.
The longing for routine after a free stylin’ summer is strong. I start ‘nesting’ and looking at home projects that need attending before Christmas. It’s a time for a rejuvenated exercise regimen that include bug free hikes, apple picking and muddin’ adventures with friends. There is an excitement of seeing colleagues again after the 2 months’ hiatus. The crisp and cool evenings have a cleansing effect that when breathed in deeply goes right to the gut. The bounty of the Nova Scotia harvest season as farmers’ markets fill their shelves and baskets with carrots, pumpkins, gourds, squash, corn and many more goodies. This change from locally sourced berries and fruits to hearty vegetables brings a change to our pallet and table as we enjoy these gorgeous foods. The birds are on a feeding frenzy loading up for their journeys. We wait and are held captivated by the nuances of colour changes in leaves as the eminent spectacle emerges, and remark on the fleeting peak…can it get more beautiful…yes it can! The sky seems bluer and the sun more orange. Hot soups and cozy blankets warm the soul.
So charge your hot cocoa mugs and bring old acquaintances back into your life. Embrace September and all it heralds. Happy New Year!