A Celebration of Autumn
On typing Autumn into Google, the definition that comes up is ‘the season after summer and before winter.’ Yes, this is factually true. But, it is misjudged. Autumn is depicted as merely a filling-in period. For once it seems Google’s omniscience has shown fault. The season of Autumn is often overlooked but it is in fact one of the most wonderful times of the British year with warm weather, golden-brown and burnt orange leaves and bountiful supplies of ripened fruit, vegetables and grain.
Poetry may not be everyone’s cup of tea but John Keat’s poem ‘Ode to Autumn’ is well worth a read for its perfect description of Autumn’s beauty. He describes Autumn as the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, bosom-friend of the maturing sun’, and picks out the ‘mossed cottage-trees’ that ‘bend with apples’ and the ‘gathering swallows’ that ‘twitter in the skies.’ His vivid imagery of natures flourishing and the burgeoning activity of animals cleverly
stirs the reader’s enthusiasm for autumn’s treasures. If you are beginning to worry that an in-depth literary analysis of the poem is about to begin, do not fret. Simply take note of the message of this poem; Autumn is great!
So, summer may be waning, but, instead of feeling gloomy here at Nicholson’s, we are looking forward to autumn and all of its fruity joys. If Keats’s poem has failed to boost your autumnal spirit (unlikely am I right!?), come along to the Autumn festival we are holding. We want to entertain visitors with information on the planting and maintenance of trees and fruits and to celebrate harvest-time.
Moving on from poetry to the details, the event is happening on the 29th September and lasts from 9 am till noon. Kicking off the show at 9 after a greeting of tea and biscuits (a British essential) we have our very own director Liz Nicholson giving a talk on planting for Autumn interest. We then have the pleasure of listening to guest speaker Andy Howard from the Heritage Fruit Company telling us about tree health and maintenance. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to ask questions, buy fruit trees and taste some fruits in our Orchard Barn (more food again, very important.) The final talk will be from Barb Saunders telling us about what makes an orchard. The day doesn’t even end here though, as we have invited some of the wonderful artisans behind the Rosara range to come and share their creations.
Is your garden looking a bit dry after summer and in need of some autumnal excitement? Is the pear tree in the back of your garden looking a bit neglected and forlorn? Have you always dreamt of planting your own apple orchard and pressing your very own apple juice? If so,
come along for a day of learning and enjoyment here at Nicholson’s with ambitions both big and small. You will even be able to munch on some perfectly-themed apple cake and indulgent toffee apples, freshly made by our own lovely Yurt Chef Penny. If you still aren’t full after the morning and are in need of a coffee-kick or some lunch, why not head over to the Yurt to praise Penny and relax! To end the day on a final high, wander over to
Rosara and check out our lovely firebowls, throws and cushions, perfect to keep you warm on the garden patio as an autumn evening cools. Not to mention all the lovely products designed by the talented artisans that you met earlier in the day…
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Go on, let the poetry and pictures of toffee and cake entice you.