Cathy's Blog: Autumn approaching
William Wordsworth, that great observer of our landscapes, wrote in his poem “September 1819”:
Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed…
I like his suggestion of a tenderly departing summer, it’s how the last few weeks have felt to me, especially with the drawing in of the evenings. Luckily the sea temperature is yet to cool and I’m enjoying my morning swim before coming to work! And as one season departs there is much to look forward with the autumn ‘tenderly’ arriving.
In mid September, starting with the Great British Beach Clean (Sat 16 Sept) and ending with the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival (Sun 24 Sept) is Outstanding Week, the national celebration of the Outstanding Landscapes of AONBs. The 46 members of the AONB Family will use the week to promote events to help people enjoy and be inspired by our beautiful, cherished and outstanding landscapes. See www.landscapesforlifeevents.org.uk, and let us know what you are up to that week and we’ll add your event too!
I can think of many other things I’m looking forward to in the next couple of months: seeing the impressive red deer rut on the coastal heaths in October; walking and exploring the river Stour valley woodlands as they change colours; enjoying the abundance of seasonal hedgerow foods – forage for wild blackberries, fungi and nuts; noticing spider webs in the cool dewy mornings when they seem constructed from silver thread. Some of you may enjoy a conker contest!
September is also a good month to comment on the new national trail, the England Coast Path. During August, the Natural England team have been visiting all the sections of the proposed England Coast Path along the Suffolk Coast and southern shore of the Stour Estuary: Harwich to Shotley Gate; Shotley Gate to Felixstowe Ferry; Felixstowe Ferry to Bawdsey; Bawdsey to Aldeburgh; and Aldeburgh to Hopton on Sea. Information on what stage each section is at is on www.gov.uk/government/publications/england-coast-path-in-the-east-of-england.
And finally, not a seasonal comment, but an all year round request! Please help your dog be a Good Dog when you are out together enjoying the coast and valley of our AONBs, and always keep your dog under control.
First published in the East Anglian Daily Times September 2017