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The Tuesday tree: it can’t be Autumn, I’m not ready yet

August 16, 2011

Now, here’s a strange thing. A horse chestnut: a tall, untidy tree, heavy with huge hands of leaves.

Its conkers are already swelling with promise, though nowhere near ripe.

In amongst this lush greenery, however, a couple of boughs have decided that Autumn has begun.

They are turning a little earlier than usual – there are also maples and notafagi turning colour already – but they do the same thing every year. And it’s always the same branches: two big boughs, half a season ahead of the rest of the tree. Summer seems to have lasted only a few days this year. Our younger son started back at school today, before I was ready: I am feeling discombobulated by the lurch into term time and turning leaves. Not least because our elder son is still at home on holiday, still on summer time. Frankly, I feel as confused as a horse chestnut.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia Miller permalink
    August 16, 2011 11:53 pm

    I normally do a little dance in my kitchen when the kids go off on the school bus on the first day of school. Do you have school buses or do you have to drive the kiddos to school?

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 17, 2011 5:08 pm

      We do have school buses (though not the iconic yellow ones) but, sadly, they don’t come to our house. We are the first house outside the school catchment area, and it’s too far to walk, so I have to be awake enough to do the driving myself!

  2. August 17, 2011 7:40 am

    I so want to be back in the school playground playing with conkers right about now 🙂

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 17, 2011 5:10 pm

      Yeah, conkers are up there with Cremola Foam and coke-flavoured Spangles in the nostalgia stakes for me. It’s OK though – the conkers won’t be ready for another couple of months, so you have time to save up and come back to Blighty for an autumn conker battle! 🙂

  3. August 17, 2011 7:53 am

    No, I’m not ready for autumn yet either. How strange that one bit of this tree should have decided it had had enough of this green summer stuff. If you were a botanist you could do a(nother) PhD on it.
    We are similarly disjointed in re-start times. “Child” 1 doesn’t go back to university until mid September. “Child” 2 starts school next week. It has been blissful to have everyone at home together over the summer, despite a very busy time. When both children were at school their first day back was always the saddest day in the year for me. They’re the nicest people I know, and I just love being with them.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 17, 2011 5:14 pm

      Aw, bless you, how lovely to hear someone praising their children. Those of us with the mothering instinct can spend years longing for them, and then years wishing they’d give us a moment’s peace. Sometimes, we just need to stop and savour this precious moment.

  4. August 18, 2011 8:46 pm

    Noticed the first changes in the horse chestnut leaves 2 weeks ago. This morning the cherry tree was waving a flaming brand of leaves at me…looks like autumn is here in PH12…

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      August 20, 2011 9:47 pm

      Hello, Alison – nice to hear from a local! I’m still hoping for some summer before this autumn gets going in earnest. We usually have some warm sunny days at the end of August/ beginning of September, don’t we? Fingers crossed…


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